I’ve just been reading the great piece by Dean Wilkins, detailing how one of Newcastle United’s ‘preferred media partners’ appears to have been duped by the club.

Hilarious that Simon Bird of The Mirror wrote about Steve McClaren telling him that early signings were vital and the club sources informing him that Charlie Austin was a done deal and would be signed mid-June.

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It looks as though Mike Ashley’s other preferred media partner has also been led down the garden path.

I follow Pete Graves on Twitter and he seems a canny bloke, a Sky Sports presenter and Newcastle fan, just in case you ddn’t know.

Pete has also been making public what Newcastle United have told him is/was going to happen, the following messages put out by him:

Wednesday 24 June

“Progress being made (on signings at NUFC).”

Wednesday 24 June

“Understand fans frustration. Officials at Nufc will be frustrated too. But progress made in last few days .”

Friday 26 June

“highly rated targets means they’re competing with others. hence delays. breakthrough’S (plural) next week #nufc.”

Friday 26 June

“(In reply to a fan accusing Pete Graves of putting out propaganda for the club) No mate. Just reporting what I’ve been told. If it’s wrong I’ll be as disappointed as you.”

Progress, progress, highly rated targets, breakthroughs….as disappointed as us.

When this rubbish is fed out through Sky Sports, I bet even they will start to resent the way that Mike Ashley and Newcastle United are taking the mick out of them.

They say a week is a long time in politics, they should try supporting Newcastle United.