No more of this lowballing lark at Newcastle United
A buoyant fanbase.
Claims of a cash windfall for new players.
A manager ready to build something.
Will the Newcastle United powerbroker follow the now familiar path, or free up them purse strings and show us a bit more ambition, matching that of the manager and all of the fans?
With just a handful of games left, the focus comes back to the money and politics of it all, and we double dare them to get it right.
The need is pressing this summer, not least because other clubs will be spending big, they also face a truncated transfer window.
The inbound player trading all has to be signed and sealed by 9 August.
Extra pressure on the administrative and negotiating skills of the Managing Director and his staff. Sure, the window may open earlier, but the small matter of the World Cup is going to get in the way of that too.
The club will get a cash total in the region of £120m for this season in the Premier League. They can add to that sums they may get for players who are likely to leave…
Let’s say £20m for Mitrovic, £8m for Mbemba, £4m for Colback, £3m for Saivet, £6m for Darlow. More than £40m can be levied through outgoings, plus all of the wages that will be freed up.
There really isn’t an excuse not to invest money. We should be looking at an outlay of 60 or 70 million pounds on players over the coming months.
The deals have to be done in a timely manner too.
Newcastle fans dream of some normality whereby the deals get done in days/hours, rather than weeks. None of this lowballing lark, or take it or leave it offers that insult the selling clubs.
Oh, and how about breaking the club’s transfer record too. Michael Owen in 2005 is a distant memory.
If they can pull off all the above then I can’t see any issue with Benitez signing a contract extension.
The takeover sideshow is likely to muddy the waters further, and I’m not the only fan who suspects, that this could be a ruse to deny investment. This is another muddled scenario that could check progress. As for Amanda Staveley, she really needs to bid now or declare publicly that she’s out of the running.
It feels like a crossroads for the football club and second guessing Mike Ashley is nigh on impossible. Most will fear he is likely to stay parked up at the crossroads and just keep the pilot light on.
It’s time something tangible happened at out football club and not the blizzard of misinformation and fake news spouted by Ashley’s chief stooge Keith Bishop, to his pals at Sky Sports.
Over to you, Newcastle United. As ever, we live in hope, not expectation.
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