Past and current evidence would seem to suggest that the current Newcastle regime is intentionally misleading the fans, media and players with lies to avoid looking blatantly unambitious and unmotivated in taking this club forward.
The latest piece of evidence comes via comments from PSV’s Technical Director.
Despite our alleged interest, Erik Pieters still does not know where his future lies.
Pieters has declared an interest in joining Newcastle but is now waiting on an agreement between the parties. Which if history is anything to go by, may well not be forthcoming.
NUFC manager Alan Pardew let it be known to the media that the club had apparently made an offer in the region of €7 million for the defender and they are waiting on PSV’s response. More recent reports suggest that we won’t go over €5 million for the Dutch international although in fairness these are unconfirmed and may be yet more handy work from the media.
However, according to the technical director of PSV we haven’t actually bid at all. Not yet anyway. In fact he went on record to say that he’d heard nothing from Newcastle for quite some time although the appearance of Alan Pardew at the game last night may have been an indication that something is brewing.
About that bid though. The club have heard nothing and neither has the player, so it seems to me that the board and Pardew (perhaps unknowingly) are purposely misleading the media and supporters by stating that bids have been made for players when, clearly, they haven’t. And if they are lodged, they are pitched so far below an acceptable value knowing full well the bid will be rejected.
Personally I believe this was the case with Kevin Gameiro, Gervinho, Mevlut Erdinc, and now Erik Pieters. But how long has this nonsense of fake or half-arsed efforts to sign players been going on?
Remember the Modric saga during the Keegan era? … Or the late bid for N’Zogbia in January? The late Michael Johnson bid when we sold Milner and Shay Given? None of those bids ever materialized. In my opinion, because they were never intended to.
How many times are “bids” made for world class players during the transfer window, only for the deals to “collapse”. Also, surely if they do collapse the money should still be there, available for another quality player if one comes along. Yet nobody is brought in and the money just disappears.
Coincidence? Its highly unlikely, and I find it incredible that season after season, and window after window, some fans fall for it, with false hopes that perhaps this is the season it will change.
It is clear they just shove lies in our faces (and probably Pardew’s face) about “trying” their best to secure these deals, when absolutely no effort is being made. Funny how these deals are so complicated and take time, until it comes to outgoing deals.
The board basically just spew this rubbish out to get fans to buy season tickets and club merchandise pre-season, while at the same time keeping fans quiet-ish until the transfer window shuts. By which time we have no choice but to support the players we have.
Then in January it starts again. “We will non rush into panic buys”, “the market hasn’t really kicked off yet”, “better players will become available late in the window, so we will not rush into signings now”… “blah blah blah blah blah blah blah bullsh#t”.
You could ask, “Why don’t they just be honest and admit they are not willing to invest?”. At least then we can’t accuse them of lying as its clear the money from player sales and television revenue is being used to pay Ashley back, for now, and then make him a tidy profit in the future.
But remember, these men are salesmen, and they know full well that being honest about their intentions would drastically decrease numbers at the grounds and sale of merchandise. So like any salesman, they lie and twist the truth to trick the customer into thinking he’s getting a great deal.
Its a very sad situation, and the only solution I can think of is that we, as fans, must stop ourselves from believing the rubbish fed to us so that that we don’t build ourselves up for the bitter disappointment of further unfulfilled promises.
We simply cannot believe any statements made by the board, the manager, or the media. Thus I also feel there is no point in our constant struggle for better communication with the board, because even if there was, would you believe a word they said?
I know I wouldn’t.
So… now that I’ve completely deflated myself, and perhaps many of you, lets not forget that the one part of this club we do have control over, the one part we can still be proud about, is getting behind the players! Show the world, that despite all the rest, we are amongst the best fans in the world!
The only way we can punish Ashley is by punishing ourselves, and the players, and the last time we did that, we ended up contributing to our own relegation. We must forget about revenge, and protests because they will not do anything but make Ashley more stubborn and less willing to invest in the club.
We cannot allow ourselves to get down. Soon the transfer window will be done and the players we do have will need to be kept motivated. That is our duty and honour!
The club will outlive the Ashley era – in the meantime, lets just support our boys the best we can.
Many thanks to JJ for sending this in.