Tuesday brought yet another day of head shaking from Newcastle fans, with the news that Patrick Vieira would not be United’s next Manager/Head Coach.
With nothing definitive from the club, as usual, it was left to the various media outlets to each give their ‘exclusive’ as to why the man who’d zoomed into odds on favouritism, wasn’t arriving on Tyneside.
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There were any number of reasons/excuses via the usual claimed sources/sauces, but the most popular were:
Patrick Vieira wouldn’t take the job because he’d have little or no say on which players would be bought and sold.
The whole Patrick Vieira episode was yet more pointless spin from Mike Ashley’s PR people, designed to try and make it look as though something ‘good’ might at last be happening…come and take advantage of the extended 10 June season ticket deadline.
Either way it isn’t good for Newcastle fans.
What it does though surely clarify once and for all, is that the supporters are being taken for mugs.
If it’s true that Patrick Vieira has knocked Newcastle back, then it confirms just what a joke we have become under Mike Ashley, with the ‘model’ he has put in place being something that no self-respecting credible prospective Manager would touch.
Alternatively, it tells us that simply Mike Ashley continues to treat the fans with contempt, putting in such effort via PR stunts to try and make it appear the club is being run on a professional basis, trying to attract the level of person who could oversee the recovery of Newcastle United. Rather than just giving the right platform (freedom to do the job and financial backing) that would have the right people queuing up at St James’ Park.