‘Sources’ say Newcastle players feeling positive and no sense of crisis or panic – Incredible report
A quite incredible update about Newcastle players and the club in general.
When I say ‘incredible’ I certainly don’t mean it in a good way.
Newcastle United have lost their top class manager and not replaced him, lost the entire senior coaching team and not replaced them, lost their two top goalscorers and not replaced them. Indeed, with only five weeks to go until the season kicks off, there hasn’t been a single signing and seemingly zero urgency or any kind of a plan to put this right.
Despite all of the above, there has been a quite incredible report from the club, sorry…the Chronicle, giving everything a massive positive spin.
The spin they have given it is so big, I’ actually feeling quite dizzy.
Pretty much all of the things that Newcastle fans have sarcastically suggested could be said, the Chronicle are putting forward as serious reporting.
Going down the sarcastic fan prediction checklist, the Chronicle also claim;
‘It is believed’ the Newcastle players enjoyed their first training session under former Doncaster Belles manager Neil Redfearn and Academy chief Ben Dawson. (Enjoying a training session is meaningless, the message here appears to be preparing the ground for then the players ‘being impressed by Redfearns/Dawson’s expertise and ideas’ etc etc)
Whilst we are told that ‘the indications from within are that there is no sense of crisis or panic’ inside the club/squad. (If there truly isn’t any ‘sense of crisis or panic’ then there bloody well should be!)
Whilst they acknowledge that there was ‘initial disappointment’ when Rafa Benitez left, the Chronicle claims that ‘sources close to the dressing room’ have told them that the ‘mood is positive’… (How on earth can anybody take this seriously???)
That despite the absolute mess at the club ‘the players have decided collectively to focus on the new season.’ (Well that is their job but impossible to believe that any of the decent players will be looking forward to it now)
Whilst admitting that there might not even be a manager in place before the squad fly to China next Saturday, they say the club intend to sign four or five players. (Who would choose them if no manager? Although having a manager probably wouldn’t affect that..Whilst if Hayden gets his wish, it means four of last season’s regular and best players will have left, so at very best you would be no further forward)
Mention of clean slate for likes of Colback, Aarons, Lazaar and Elliot (None of who are good enough but we will be shortly told ‘Feels like a new signing’)
Meanwhile the players have been assured that Mike Ashley is going to appoint a ‘convincing replacement for Rafa Benitez’ (Like you, I will be absolutely astonished if it is not a stooge in the mould of McClaren, JFK, Pardew, Carver – an appointment that will ‘convince’ nobody)
They also claim that it isn’t like 2009 when a number of players ‘immediately requested transfers’ (Well Newcastle had been relegated then and this time we haven’t, yet. Plus, correct me if I’m wrong but the players have only been back two days and already Perez has chosen to leave, no sign of Rondon, Hayden wants to go and it would be amazing if the likes of Almiron, Schar, Dubravka, Lejeune Longstaff, Lascelles and a few others aren’t wondering exactly why they should be sticking around any longer)
Last season, 10 Newcastle United players made 20 or more Premier League starts:
From these 10 above, three (Rondon, Perez and Diame) are no longer here, two of them (Dubravka and Schar – as well as Almiron) haven’t returned yet due to extended leave because of international duty. Which then leaves Lascelles, Dummett, Yedlin, Hayden and Ritchie.
We all know Hayden is desperate to leave, which leaves four.
Yedlin struggled to convince last season and we are then left with the captain and grafters Ritchie and Dummett.
I’m sorry but nobody can tell me that any of these are feeling ‘positive’ about anything at Newcastle United as it stands.
No manager, key players left, no signings.
The only possible positivity can be that they are back kicking a ball about and reminding themselves how lucky they are to get paid a fortune for doing something that they love.
If there is real positivity from within the dressing room, it will come from the many players who aren’t Premier League starting standard and who Rafa Benitez would have been desperate to clear out, replacing them with players up to the job IF given proper backing.
He left because this didn’t happen, end of story.
The Chronicle report:
‘But despite the uncertainty surrounding the club the mood is very different to the summer of 2009 when the squad also returned to Tyneside after the summer break without knowing who would be taking charge. This time the indications from within are that there is no sense of crisis or panic.
Newcastle’s current crop of player have not returned to the club after relegation this year like in 2009 when the likes of Damien Duff, Seb Bassong, Habib Beye and Obafemi Martins immediately requested transfers.
Sources close to the dressing room have indicated to ChronicleLive that the mood is positive and the big difference is that many players have returned looking forward to a second chance at the club after previously being frozen out or sent out on loan.
The likes of Achraf Lazaar, Dwight Gayle, Rolando Aarons, Rob Elliot and Jack Colback were told this week they had a clean slate this summer.
There’s no question that there was initial disappointment from the squad when the news that Benitez had gone filtered through and a host of players took to social media to show their admiration for the former Real Madrid boss. But the players have decided collectively to focus on the new season.
United’s squad were back on the training field for the first time on Friday and it is believed they enjoyed the session under Dawson and Redfearn.
Newcastle are still aiming to make at least four or five summer signings in order to bolster the squad for the challenge of the 2019/20 season.’
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