PFA To The Rescue In Cisse/Wonga Stand-Off?
It is not only the heat that has been oppressive in recent weeks on Tyneside.
Situations drag on interminably when it comes to seemingly anything to do with our football club.
Whether it is getting players ‘over the line’, making any sense of exactly what is happening between Pardew, Kinnear, Carr and whoever is allegedly running Newcastle United, plus of course this Cisse-Wonga stand-off.
Even though the Wonga deal was announced during last season, and two months ago it was first highlighted that there could be a problem with Wonga and Cisse wearing a shirt sporting their logo, it appears there is still no end in sight to the dispute.
I’m not going to claim Derek Llambias was in any way the best person to be running Newcastle United but surely that is a million times better than seemingly NOBODY being in charge. It must be a major factor in all of these things dragging on with no conclusion, if nobody is in charge then who leads on anything?
That void of leadership may now be filled, at least in Cisse’s case, as Gordon Taylor has told the Chronicle that the PFA are taking a pro-active role in trying to sort a conclusion satisfactory to all.
If there is a commitment on all sides to find a way forward then I have no doubt it can be made to work, though Taylor was also careful to accept the delicacy of the subject matter;
“I can only say that we are working with both Papiss Cisse and Newcastle United and his adviser, to see if we can achieve a satisfactory settlement of this difficult situation which meets with the approval of both parties.
In looking to do this we are consulting and meeting with experienced people within football used to dealing with equality issues who are also members of the Muslim faith.”
Following the Spanish/Barca route of playing with no strikers is not for Newcastle, we need Cisse back out on that pitch ASAP.
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