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Newcastle United are now in crash mode

4 months ago
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Newcastle United have now reached a certain point.

A bit like when your car hits ice and you have those seconds, which feel like days, where you know there is nothing more of substance that can be done to prevent the crash, you just have to brace yourself for the impact and hope the damage is not too serious.

We have Mike Ashley at the wheel and he has aimed for the ice on purpose.

The NUFC owner adding oil as well to ensure the club is sent spinning out of control.

To be here ten and a half weeks after last season ended, only 16 days to go to transfer window deadline, and to not have signed a single player…is scandalous.

It would be bad enough if that squad had been kept intact.

However, first team regulars Rondon, Perez and Diame have all gone, as well as Joselu, Kenedy, Barreca and other young squad players such as Callum Roberts.

Plus, whilst you can quite often get away with certain positions, to lose your two strikers who scored half of last season’s goals, is a real killer.

Something which needed absolutely urgent attention and replacements brought in ASAP, instead absolutely nothing yet.

Strikers provide the whole focus of the team, to be playing out these pre-season friendlies without the new strikers that will (hopefully still) arrive, is a joke.

As is of course the fact that Mike Ashley has known since meeting Rafa Benitez in mid-May (if not a long long time before) that a new manager was needed, or failing that a Head Coach…

So with 16 days until transfer deadline and two and a half weeks until the season kicks off, we all need to make sure we have our seatbelts securely fastened, this is not going to be pretty.

If Rafa Benitez had still been here, there is no way the likes of Rolando Aarons, Jack Colback and Achraf Lazaar would have been on the plane to China. With realistic backing, Rafa  would once again have been giving them every encouragement to find new clubs ASAP and their places on the plane would have been taken by the likes of Rondon, Perez and new signings. As it stands, due to the total mess and inaction, we are instead getting story after story in the Chronicle about how great Colback, Lazaar and Aarons could turn out to be this coming season. How depressing is it that they are pushing that nonsense?

Along with a number of other players, they needed to be moved on and the quality of the squad seriously raised.

It is crazy how little the media are making of the lack of proper pre-season preparation at St James Park and the astonishing lack of signings, especially in key positions, in plenty of time to get integrated into the team/squad/new surroundings.

Days, weeks, months have now drifted by and we are at the point where you just have to close your eyes and hope for the best.

The worst thing about it is that it is so unnecessary.

Rafa Benitez had papered over so many cracks at Newcastle United, all that was needed was to start and give him some decent wallpaper to work with…

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