Whatever happens or doesn’t happen between now and the end of the transfer window, or even between now and the end of next season, I urge you all to remember yesterday.
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What makes yesterday so special? Well, I’ll tell you.
Yesterday, the 1st of July, should be remembered for many reasons…
The transfer window officially opened yesterday, not that it has stopped 16 other Premier League sides from adding to their squads, but it will stop people from trotting out the misconceived and ill-informed notion about no signings due to the window not being open (ED: Deals could be done in June with the player registration then being transferred once July arrived)..
Yesterday was the first day of pre-season training, the day when all the players (who have not been released) get to meet their new coach and share holiday snaps. They may also notice that there are more spare seats in the canteen than usual, there is no queue for the vending machines as the owner’s intimations about reinforcements have actually led instead to a decrease in squad size, just as his years of ‘investment’ have actually generated profit.
Never fear though, for yesterday was also the day that the man at the top, the head honcho, the king of the castle , Lee Charmless has decided to convene a ‘transfer summit’. You could be forgiven for thinking that this was reported as having happened only a couple of weeks ago, you could also be forgiven for thinking it was also reported a couple of weeks before that, and you could even be forgiven for remembering that a ‘summit to identify targets’ was actually held in February of this year.
Yes folks, whilst other clubs are bringing players in, our MD is questioning the tea lady about the shortage of Hob Nobs in his latest ‘transfer summit’.
Remember this day because, perhaps more than any other day, yesterday sums up what it is to be a Newcastle United fan.
The lights are on at the club but (literally) no one is home, we are training without sufficient players or coaches, we are talking about making decisions rather than making them.
Then through it all, the club mounts a sustained social media campaign to flog season tickets and last year’s tat, to make room for the new tat.
Yesterday was July the 1st 2015, it is another day which passed without news, incident or much needed arrivals.
It is a day which saw our former manager and his ‘small club from London’ enter negotiations for a player whom we used to regard as our crown jewel.
It is a day where we once again saw the standard of player we are linked with diminish (Nather Dyer….really?!?!), it was a day like any other in the life of Newcastle United.
Utterly pointless and pathetic.