A great article on here yesterday showing that around a third of season tickets unsold – only for claims to follow this morning that there are 3 Newcastle bids already in for players.
Well there’s a coincidence.
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The newspaper breaking this story about Newcastle waiting to hear about these three offers for players is the Chronicle.
By sheer coincidence they have chosen not to follow up on the fans boycotting season tickets story, whereas The Telegraph, The Mail and many others have.
Instead we get the following this morning from our local press (Chronicle):
‘It is understood United have now tabled at least three bids for new players. One of those is for Schalke defender Joel Matip.”
You have to assume that either the journalist (Mark Douglas) is simply making this story up, which I don’t.
Or else, he is being fed this information by the club, which I do.
The question being, what is the point of it. Why put this story out there?
I’m not questioning why the journalist/newspaper would cover the story, if the club tell them a transfer story then it would be daft of them not to use it.
It is more about pondering why Newcastle United would choose to do this.
If they are chasing players then great, just get on and do it and get them signed up. That is the news we want to hear, not what appears to be vague claims that look simply to be trying to placate the growing unrest amongst supporters.
This is the problem when you end up with the shambles of last season, then Mike Ashley going public and claiming the club wouldn’t allow itself to end up in that same position again, then proceed to do nothing visible as yet to help sort the problem, despite there now being only five and a half weeks until the new season.
If there are great things going on behind the scenes then that’s great.
However, when these stories are planted in the club friendly press it has the opposite affect to what is intended.
Until credible signings start to happen then any rumours pushed by the club are going to be seen as what they are, attempts to deflect from the lack of action and ambition shown by Mike Ashley.
No doubt the story tomorrow will be that there are five Newcastle bids in for players….