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Each day feels like yet another nail hammered into the Newcastle United coffin

5 months ago
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Never mind supporting them for 10, 20, 30, 40, 50…years, just following Newcastle United this Summer would be more than enough to finish off any normal person.

Every day feels like yet another nail hammered into the Newcastle United coffin.

Difficult to believe that just over eight weeks ago, along with thousands of you, was standing in the sunshine watching Rafa Benitez’ Newcastle United round off the season with a 4-0 win at Craven Cottage, Perez and Rondon amongst the goals.

I count 59 nails alone in this transfer window, Wednesday 10 July set to be the 59th day of the 2019 Summer window where Newcastle haven’t signed a single player, only 29 (non-)signing days to go after today.

Funnily enough, the other 19 Premier League clubs have all signed players and are continuing to do so, another 19 nails in that NUFC coffin.

Already this week, Aston Villa signed their sixth player of the Summer, matching Newcastle’s record signing when buying a left-back (Tyrone Mings). This is Aston Villa who have just spent three years in the Championship.

As for Leicester City, they this week followed up the £30m capture of Ayoze Perez with the £40m signing of Youri Tielemans after he impressed on loan.

Fancy that, buying a player who impressed on loan…

Strong rumours that Newcastle’s 2018/19 player of the year is set to follow Rafa Benitez out to Dalian Yifang. For NUFC to not even try and buy Salomon Rondon is unforgivable.

Bang bang bang, as each nail goes in.

Having a manager? That would be a novelty.

Two and a half weeks since Mike Ashley said Rafa wouldn’t be saying and not even an approach to any potential replacement. It gets even worse when on Sunday, Rafa revealed that Mike Ashley has actually known these past two months he would need a new manager, the Spaniard having made clear that what was on offer at their mid-May London meeting was laughable and couldn’t be accepted.

As for who that replacement will (eventually) be, I saw one Newcastle fan saying yesterday that hopefully Mike Ashley is using the old politician’s trick, putting out the very very worst rumours of what is likely to happen, so that when the news turn out to be just the very worst, people are almost relieved. Having  Steve Bruce and John Terry put forward yesterday as the two most likely to get the Newcastle job, would be enough to turn anybody’s stomach.

The takeover/fakeover is yet another thing that tortures us on a daily basis, it is most definitely the hope that kills you.

‘Thankfully’ the BZG group did their best to kill off that remaining hope when releasing a statement via a Dubai DJ this week, a ‘statement’ that read and sounded like it had taken all of three minutes to write and over two minutes of that was spent looking for a pen.

The statement appearing to claim that pretty much everything was done that would allow a takeover to be confirmed, that both parties wanted this to happen and had done everything to bring it to a conclusion, but that it now looked like it wouldn’t happen and if that was the case, then it wouldn’t be the fault of either BZG or Mike Ashley.

That my friends just about sums up this Summer and indeed over 12 years of a Mike Ashley controlled Newcastle United.

Believe nothing and expect only bad news, at least then you won’t ever be disappointed.

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