The garden is obviously not rosey at the moment, and it’s so frustrating that we were on the cusp of something really good – only to have it torn away by Ashley.
How much of that is connected to the takeover (yeah, remember that?! – that’s gone very quiet hasn’t it?!). I suspect it was a clash of pigheadedness between Ashley and Rafa personally.
I’m confident Ashley will spend. He did with McClaren, and I think he will again – certainly on forwards. That doesn’t make our summer a sudden success, but, I’m pretty sure we’ll see a fair few come in between now and August 8th.
What I’m sick of hearing though is this ‘lack of quality’! – this is from FANS. Well, some fans.
Our ‘lack of quality’ finished 10th and 13th – it’s time to stop giving all the credit to Rafa. We have premier league quality players in our squad.
Why wouldn’t Bruce take the job?!. All he has to do is keep us in the Premier League – that’s the level of ambition from the current owner. Sad for us, but hardly bad working conditions for a new manager.
So I put myself in Brucey’s shoes for a minute – the remit – to keep NUFC up with £90m to spend.
If he fails, well everyone expected it anyway – and it hardly dents his reputation. What does he have to do to succeed … and so my post goes.
Norwich and Sheffield Utd – if I’m a betting man, they take 2 of the 3 relegation positions.
Brighton – have a new (bang average) manager. Have lost the odd key player (Dunk leaving would be a killer blow) and have not yet strengthened.
Aston Villa – didn’t look too convincing in the Championship last season. Yes they are spending, but so did Fulham last season (no guarantees) and the players they are buying have little to no Premier League experience (nor do a lot of their existing players).
Crystal Palace – Hodgson is my bet for first top flight manager sacked. Yet to really strengthen and looks very likely they loose their star man (Zaha) before the season starts – and that’s coming after Wan-Bisaka left for Man Utd.
I think Saints, West Ham and Burnley are also teams that could go either way too, especially when the latter could lose key man Tarkowski to Leicester.
So, there are plenty of teams fighting to avoid that 3rd spot – we only have to do better than 1 of them?
I’m confident we WILL stay in the Premier League this season. But, for as long as Mike Ashley remains, there is another relegation looming.
As fans, all we can do is hope Ashley is gone before that happens because, as much as I HATE Mike Ashley, I can never wish for our club to implode the way the Mackems have – even if it would hit his back pocket and give him ‘what he deserves’.