It’s the silly season in football – do you love it or hate it?
I would suggest that if you carried out a poll at St James’ Park, most Newcastle fans will not hold a lot of love for the summer transfer season. A period that holds so much promise and possibility invariably ends in disappointment and frustration. In fairness Newcastle have picked up the odd gem in recent years and if reports are to believed there is a little cash in the kitty this summer, however Mike Ashley’s relentless penny pinching has left most Newcastle fans a pretty pessimistic bunch when it comes to the transfer windows these days.
This summer, what are you hoping to read every time you check your club news each morning?
With only Papiss Cisse and Shola Ameobi the only recognised strikers at the club, Newcastle are woefully short of numbers up front. This summer we were hoping to pick the paper up each day to see the club linked with a host of strikers and forwards from all around the globe, and to be fair we have, problem is, none have actually signed!
What do you inevitably end up reading instead?
Joe Kinnear!After a relatively quiet couple of years on Tyneside, Newcastle returned to their usual ways this summer by well and truly imploding in spectacular fashion once again. Nothing unusual for a Premier League club to suffer a tumultuous summer you may say, but this is Newcastle, and what makes them so special is that time and time again, they do it to themselves.
Got much cash in the kitty?
Apparently there is bit. Not that it seems to make much difference!
What types of players would you like to sign this summer?
Loic Remy, Bafetimbi Gomis and Darren Bent have all been strongly linked in recent weeks, yet not have made it "over the line" as Alan Pardew would say. Sadly, the main reason for the clubs failure to bring in a recognised striker this summer has largely been down to their own doing; namely Joe Kinnear.
What types of player will you end up signing instead?
At this point in time, anyone would be nice!
Who wants to leave the club and what’s your attitude towards them?
If the Kinnear nonsense wasn't bad enough, then came the (once again self-inflicted!) potential loss of the clubs one decent striker. Incredibly the Papiss Cisse/Wonga saga is now threatening to cause the end of the Senegalese spell on Tyneside. With the player refusing the wear the Wonga emblazoned shirt on religious grounds both parties are now at a stand-off. The funny thing about this whole issue is that Cisse had no issue with Virgin Money as a sponsor, and seems to have no issue spending time gambling in Newcastle’s casinos! If he’s angling for a move then it’s better for all parties if he just came out and said it rather than spending the whole summer hiding behind his supposed moral code.
Who’s been the biggest t***er of this transfer window?
Our beloved owner, Mr Mike Ashley.
Will you be stronger or weaker next season?
Will Newcastle go into the new season a stronger unit than they were last? Well, it certainly doesn't look like it does it! At the moment we're three senior players down thanks to the departures of Danny Simpson, Steve Harper and scandalously James Perch. Whilst all three might not have been world beaters, all were reliable, honest, British players who never let the club down and worth far more to the team than their financial value suggests. Like Graeme Souness’ sale of Aaron Hughes for £1m in 2005, the sale of hard-working, utility man Perch in particular is a transfer that is going to annoy me for years.
Any other news?
This most disastrous of summers started a couple of weeks into June when Mike Ashley decided that a shakeup was needed. Out went Managing Director Derek Llambias and in came Joe Kinnear. In his infinite wisdom Mike had decided that he needed his own ‘football’ man to be his eyes and ears at St James’ Park. A director of football was needed to keep Pardew in check and ensure no one forgets who’s ultimately in charge. Whilst many fans would not have objected to a director of football being brought in to work alongside Alan Pardew after lasts years debacle, the choice of Mike’s drinking buddy 'Mad Joe' was greeted with uproar.
Nearly a month and half into the job and Joe's signed no one, embarrassed a whole city with a couple of berserk interviews, had a holiday (seriously!!) and even had his old mate Mick Harford turn down the chance to work alongside him. Things need to pick up for Joe and they need to pick up drastically, because be under no illusions, the natives are restless on Tyneside but they are prepared to wait to see if Joe delivers. If the Newcastle squad is not sufficiently strengthened by September 1st then the s*** will well are truly hit the fan both on and off the field.
What has been the best ever bit of business your club did in the transfer window?
And the worst?
Joe ******* Kinnear!!!