The Newcastle United season ticket renewal deadline was extended by a week.
The club extending it as thousands held off renewing.
Little wonder with such a dismal transfer window so far.
Pretty much every other club spending what they can, whilst Mike Ashley so far is sitting on a profit.
A lot of my mates were the same as myself, I said all along that I would renew my Newcastle United season ticket when/if Ashley backed Rafa in the transfer market.
Martin Dubravka arrived for £4m when Newcastle triggered the buying clause, this had to happen by the end of May for that price to be paid.
Other than that, we only saw a free transfer signing of Ki Sung-yueng, which was seemingly only happening because the £10m+ sale of Mikel Merino was in the process of happening.
What a joke, unless you were blindly renewing, there was nothing at all encouraging you that anything was going to be different after 11 years of the fat controller.
Then surprise surprise, what do we get?
Yes, just as the season ticket deadline (the second one after NUFC extended it to 3 July), we got Keith Bishop doing his bit.
Mike Ashley’s PR man planting stories claiming Newcastle were serious about spending big money this summer.
Their friends at Sky Sports and both friendly and national media ran the stories.
A £20m+ plus new club record offer for Alassane Plea had been made.
Andros Townsend was expected to come back to Newcastle, another transfer that would beat the club’s existing 13 year transfer record.
Whilst Kenedy was also reported to be a likely signing, with NUFC set to offer big money to buy him.
Some £70m+ on that trio, sounded almost too good to be true…
A bit like Mike Ashley, no money was going to be spent until I saw deals actually happen, rather than this rubbish pushed by Ashley’s PR monkeys.
Sure enough, now we are past the season ticket renewal deadline what do we discover?
Roy Hodgson says there was never any chance of Newcastle, or anybody else, signing Andros Townsend.
Alassane Plea joins Borussia Monchengladbach, rather than Newcastle United and their imaginary £20m+ offer.
Whilst even with Kenedy, yes it is good that he is here for another loan spell, but surely now we have no chance of buying him ever. That is, unless he turns out to be not very good. With not even a buying clause/option in his loan deal, it means that if he is a success then Newcastle will definitely not be buying him.
If Mike Ashley refuses to allow the going rate to be paid now, £20m or so, how could anybody believe that he would let £40m to be spent on the Brazilian next summer? Buying Kenedy would have been a potential turning point, a statement of intent, showing there was some ambition there from the owner to try and build the club year on year. Instead, the best we can hope for is that Kenedy does well and then Chelsea will make £20m more when they eventually sell him, with another club then enjoying the benefits of a player we (NUFC) have been largely responsible for developing.
How can any Newcastle fan not think we are being treated as mugs by Mike Ashley?
I wouldn’t call anybody for renewing their season tickets, we all want to watch out team and why should we be forced to stay away just because of this cynical and manipulating owner?
I will go next season but buy match to match, no way I’m renewing my season ticket until things change.
We are now a couple of weeks into the NUFC season tickets going on general sale and I guess sales are tortoise-like, I think we would all have heard if there had been queues around St James Park.
Most of us are now wise to Ashley and his minions getting stuff into the media to try and force their agenda and con the fans.
This is one fan who no longer will be conned. I won’t stop going because this is my team, my club, but I won’t just blindly get a season ticket like he wants me to do.