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Local and national media gather at St James Park on Tuesday…To play a game of football

3 months ago
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The journalists who cover Newcastle United have descended en masse on St James Park this (Tuesday) morning.

They are all there from Sky Sports, local TV/radio, national newspapers, local newspapers and so on.

Invited along by the club, they are there to play football though today, rather than talk about it.

Newcastle United bosses organising a game of football for two teams of NUFC media.

As well as those directly working for the club itself, there are the likes of Pete Graves and Keith Downie from Sky Sports, as well as Matthew Raisbeck and (former NUFC player) John Anderson from BBC Newcastle.

Luke Edwards (Telegraph) and Craig Hope (The Mail) are playing, as well as local newspaper writers such as Mark Douglas, Paul Fraser, Miles Starforth and Lee Ryder.

I laughed when I read about this NUFC media game when I saw it mentioned on social media this morning, it is just so incongruous…

The irony of it is just so sweet, sickly sweet that is.

I don’t have any issue with those taking part, no opinion really either way.

However, the whole thing, in the bigger picture, just kind of sums up the Mike Ashley circus.

Instead of being invited along for a press conference where Rafa Benitez and Salomon Rondon are unveiled, instead the massed ranks of the NUFC media are called up to St James Park for a kickabout.

Pardon me for being a pessimist, sorry…realist, but it doesn’t exactly sound like any positive announcement is set to happen at any moment.

Rather than any need to get all the ducks in a row to ensure the best coverage of announcing a new Rafa Benitez contract, the club’s media people appear to be instead winding down and enjoying one of the few real perks of their jobs working for Mike Ashley.

Of course I could be wrong…and I really hope I am.

Just maybe it is all a clever ploy to invite all the media up to St James Park and then when they walk off the pitch at the final whistle, they will be met by a smiling Mike Ashley and Rafa Benitez, alongside Salomon Rondon, to tell the media about the two new signings/contracts.

You probably think that sounds a bit daft and very far-fetched but it is no more daft/far-fetched than the NUFC owner allowing  this mess to unfold and not have Rafa and Rondon’s futures sorted a long long time ago.

Good luck to the two media teams today, hopefully they are all invited back to St James Park very shortly…

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