Ahead of tomorrow’s opening day of the season clash with Spurs, Lee Charnley, Rafa Benitez and club skipper Jamaal Lascelles have sent a joint message to Newcastle fans – asking for ‘unity’ now the transfer window is closed and the new season is about to begin.
Getting straight to it, here’s the message they’ve sent to fans on the club’s official website in the last few moments, praising the seven new signings, the work that has been done to secure them and asking fans to now get behind the team to give us the best chance of success over the new season:
“As the transfer window closes and attentions turn to the start of the season, we wanted to make this joint statement, on behalf of everyone at the club.
“Doing good business in a transfer window is about ending the window clearly stronger than when you started and we believe we have done this. The view we all share is that we have a better squad now than the one that finished tenth last season and all involved have worked tirelessly to make this happen.
“Collectively, we must extend praise to Steve Nickson and his recruitment team. Their operations are year-round, but they have worked day and night in recent months to support efforts to enhance the squad.
“We are all excited about the seven players who have joined us this summer. Their combined experience in the Premier League and at an international level – with three of them appearing at this summer’s World Cup for their respective countries – cannot fail to strengthen us.
“Martin Dúbravka and Kenedy have already proven themselves to be fantastic players here and we are confident that Ki Sung-yueng, Fabian Schär, Yoshinori Mutō, Salomón Rondón and Federico Fernandez will be excellent additions to the dressing room.
“Given our finishing position last season, we already had a team of players who were more than capable of performing well in the Premier League. They have shown heart, guts and determination and the inference that they are ‘Championship’ players and not good enough is unfair and untrue. The players all believe in themselves and in the quality of the squad, and we all believe in the players.
“Now, it’s about all of us pulling in the same direction, for the good of the club. This came through strongly in a recent positive call between our owner and senior members of the squad, who agreed that better dialogue going forward will benefit all parties and is in the best interests of the club.
“With the transfer window now closed, the focus should be on unity and getting behind the efforts on the pitch.
“We know our supporters are incredibly passionate and we know that passion will be channelled into supporting the players we have in black and white on Saturday, and every matchday thereafter home or away.”
Lee Charnley, Managing Director
Rafa Benítez, Manager
Jamaal Lascelles, Captain
Whilst this is claimed to be a ‘joint message’ from all three, it makes me wonder if the board are now pleading with fans to get behind the team amid claims that protests could occur against a certain Mike Ashley?
What do you make of it folks?
It’s positive, but it doesn’t quite add up given how frustrated Rafa has been left by our lack of ambition and activity this summer..