‘Newcastle United takeover – Scene is already set and won’t even make deferred arbitration stage’
There was a time when what I am going to predict, would have been thought of as treachery, perhaps even pessimistic nonsense.
That certainly is not the case any more, especially with readers on The Mag. If the truth is known, I’m sure that many season ticket holders feel the same.
The true cynics will simply predict relegation with a collapse of the takeover, Bruce and Ashley still in place at the end of the season and the star players sold to further their Premiership aspirations.
Who am I to argue with that theory, after all it is realistic, only I don’t think it will be that straightforward. This is a defining season in the history of Newcastle United and I’m sure there will be twists and turns.
Now I don’t know whether I’m writing this to reconcile myself, or to give the readership food for thought but what I know absolutely for certain, is that something needs to change quickly and results will achieve this.
Lots of talk about to go or boycott, how to get fans united and how to get rid of manager and owner, will get simplified as results nosedive. They have already started and there are crowds back in stadiums. It won’t necessarily be a happy ending though.
The remaining transfer window: We will let a couple of players go and replace them with loanees who are no better in the long run.
The first 10 games: I think it’s fifty fifty between the usual struggles and doing a Sheffield United, total capitulation.
The full season: I think Newcastle will be relegated along with Norwich and Watford.
The Newcastle United takeover (if a one exists): I don’t think it will happen.
In fact, I don’t think the Newcastle United takeover will even make the deferred arbitration stage. For me the chance is gone and everyone, except Ashley who is playing games, knows this.
Steve Bruce: I think he will step down by mutual agreement when it gets hopeless at Christmas. Results and crowd pressure. Who will replace him then. I think Chris Wilder, Nigel Pearson or wait for it, Alan Pardew.
Mike Ashley: I think he will still be here at the end of the season. He will apologise on Sky, rinse and repeat. We will still get big crowds out of true loyalty next season.
Sorry about that.
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