Newcastle United – Business as usual…
Only one real topic of conversation this week with Newcastle United.
No prizes for guessing what it has been.
The futures of Rafa Benitez and Salomon Rondon are important of course, indeed maybe vital to Newcastle next season and beyond, especially in Rafa’s case.
However, they are way behind the main issue, largely because their futures…whether they have one on Tyneside, almost certainly depend on what happens regarding ownership of the club.
No ambitious new owners will surely mean no intention of Rafa Benitez to sign a contract extension, which in turn would mean no chance of a serious attempt to buy Salomon Rondon.
Interesting to see that in response to a local newspaper asking the club for comment on the takeover speculation, they weren’t prepared to say anything and it was simply ‘business as usual’, as the paper reported it.
Isn’t that though the very thing that Newcastle United fans are the most worried about?
For most clubs, promotion as champions and then two (eventually) comfortable staying ups in 10th and 13th, would have supporters of a club feeling pretty comfortable, with now more ‘business as usual’ in terms of PL safety BUT also the opportunity to press on.
At Newcastle United though, business as usual equals rolling the dice yet again when it comes to avoiding relegation, alongside zero ambition to step it up.
Business as usual under Mike Ashley would almost certainly see Rafa Benitez move to another club and no intention of trying to buy last season’s most influential player, Salomon Rondon.
Newcastle United are a club very much in need of a different way of doing business, a long-term plan which will feature structured year on year investment in the playing squad and infrastructure (training complex, St James Park, Academy and so on), with a committed experienced and talented manager such as Rafa Benitez entrusted to oversee the plan.
The problem is that these long-term structured plans do need some…planning.
It is now 12 weeks since Newcastle United effectively knew for sure they were staying up when beating Everton and reaching 34 points.
It is now only five weeks until pre-season begins and 10 weeks to go until the transfer window closes and the season kicks off.
All we are waiting for at St James Park is to sort out the club’s ownership, manager and playing staff for August, as well as set in motion plans for the following years.
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