Remember when us Newcastle fans were up in arms after Steve McClaren’s appointment in the summer of 2015?
It looked like a damning decision from Mike Ashley, with McClaren arrival leaving supporters far from impressed, but a few decent signings meant 52,000 turned up for our opening game of the 2015/16 season against Southampton.
The likes of Wijnaldum, Mitrovic, Mbemba and Thauvin signed following the underwhelming McClaren appointment, and I would not be surprised whatsoever if Ashley tried to get fans ‘back on side’ with a few decent signings between Steve Bruce’s potential arrival and this summer’s transfer deadline on August 8th.
He hasn’t got much time left, but he will know that fans are planning to boycott the opening game of the season vs Arsenal – and he’ll no doubt believe a few decent signings may convince some to be at St James’ Park for the start of our new campaign on August 11th.
My message is simple – do NOT fall for it should this happen.
It may be that we have no time left to do any serious business and end up going into the season with just one or two bargain basement buys – making the decision to boycott clearer than ever – but a few surprisingly good buys and/or a new club record signing will just paper over the cracks.
Even if we sign six new players (our target according to several local papers) and bring in long-term target Joelinton, we’ll have had a shambolic summer if Steve Bruce ends up being the man who replaces Rafa Benitez.
The damage has been done and any quality last minute signings now would most likely be players who see the club as a stepping stone and initial route into Premier League football.
Mike Ashley has allowed the walls to crack and the paint to chip off at St James’ Park without any TLC in return, so don’t let any last minute sticky plasters sway your decision (to boycott) as we approach the new 2019/20 Premier League season.