Friday night saw the club release two statements, informing Newcastle fans that six players would be leaving the club at the end of June.
The six named were Adam Campbell, Remie Streete, Jak Alnwick, Facundo Ferreyra, Ryan Taylor and Jonas Gutierrez.
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The first four named would get pretty much unanimous agreement from Newcastle fans, that they weren’t going to cut in the Premier League on all available evidence, or zero evidence in Ferreyra’s case!
With Ryan Taylor, some fans would see him as potentially have being able to contribute something next season.
Whilst with Jonas Gutierrez there is undoubtedly a split, the Argentine international featuring in 10 of the final 11 games of the season and having his best match for years on the final day.
Leaving aside the fact that he’d previously upset Mike Ashley, it is hard to claim that he wouldn’t have been able to contribute more next season than a decent amount of deadwood that United will be stuck with (Obertan, Williamson, Elliot etc) for at least another season until contracts run out.
However, the Jonas factor has taken the eyes of Newcastle fans away from what is really the biggets concern.
To an extent it is immaterial which players are or aren’t let go, what does matter is who makes the decision.
Surely if there is any serious intent of doing things differently at the club, then whoever is going to be manager/head coach next season should have had a key role in deciding who goes and who stays.
Otherwise, how can anybody be convinced that anything is going to change in the broken way the club is run under Ashley?
It isn’t like any of us expect that the new manager will be given limitless funds to bring in all of the players the club really needs, due to years of under investment and bad decisions.
So then deciding whether Jonas or Ryan Taylor could do a job should have been down to the new man in charge.
Likewise, while I think the offer of a contract to Sammy Ameobi was purely to ensure some compensation down the line, it again should be a decision that takes into account what the new manager thinks he needs, or doesn’t…
With now less than ten weeks to go until the new season kicks off, every day that goes by sees the club in freefall, just as it has being certainly ever since Alan Pardew walked out and wasn’t replaced.
Though there again, many of us would judge NUFC have been in freefall for pretty much most of the time we have supported them…