We saw that Rafa Benitez did not hold back in his post-match comments last night, but are the Newcastle United squad now taking a stand against Mike Ashley?
Agreeing to an incentive scheme should be standard procedure yet has been a problem in previous years, highlighting the total incompetence at board level once again – and proving just why Rafa Benitez alluded to the club’s problems both ‘on and off the pitch’ after the game.
This now clears up the following tweet from Lee Ryder after last night’s game, who revealed that players agreed that they would not and could not speak after the 4-0 hammering to Braga.
Even the players who normally speak after every game win, lose or draw said they couldn't tonight. They stated it was agreed in the dressing room after the game. #nufc
— Lee Ryder (@lee_ryder) August 1, 2018
Here’s what The Chronicle have had to say about the situation since it was confirmed just why the players refused to speak to the press after the game:
‘Newcastle United players left SC Braga’s Estádio Municipal without saying anything on the record to the travelling media in Portugal.
‘The players held a meeting to decide not to talk after the 4-0 hammering against the Portuguese side but it wasn’t understood to be because of the result or anything to do with the lack of recruitment.
‘It is believed that United players are yet to agree an incentive package for the new season and don’t feel the time is right to talk about the season’s objectives at the moment.
‘Players were still affable towards the media on their way to the team bus ahead of their red-eye flight home from Portugal but nobody stopped to speak in the mixed zone, which is used to conduct player interviews.
‘And even the club’s official TV channel and website weren’t permitted any post-game content from Toon players after their penultimate friendly.
‘The message from the dressing room after the defeat in Braga was that there would be no interviews and it was “nothing personal” towards the press pack.’
The Chronicle claim that this problem should only be ‘temporary’ and should be ‘resolved soon’, but this should the total unrest within the Newcastle United camp at the moment.
For the sake of our performances on the pitch, let’s hope this gets sorted out as soon as possible.
It’s one things after the other at the minute. What a complete and utter mess.
— NUFC 360 (@NUFC360) August 2, 2018