Oh, my goodness. Four days on and still I find myself in quiet moments shaking my head in disbelief at what happened on Thursday afternoon. My wife said I cant’s use the word devastated because it’s only football and there are far more important things going on.
Whilst I agree with her sentiments all I can say is that I am devastated! I’m also extremely disappointed, almost unbelievably so, saddened hugely, shocked to be honest and truly angry all at the same time.
Disappointed and shocked because this time I genuinely believed good things were coming. Even when it dragged on and on, I could see no way that it was going to be stopped or rejected. Then he-who-I-refuse-to-name said a decision would be made “shortly.”
And still we waited.
It seemed to me that every question that the consortium was asked they answered in a positive manner. Yet still we waited and the silence from The Premier League was deafening. Every day became surely today and then it didn’t.
The season ended, the transfer window opened and still nothing. Even though it appeared that the consortium had crossed the t’s and dotted the i’s and then came Thunder Thursday!
The fallout has been palpable. I cannot find a single NUFC supporter that has not suffered a similar reaction to mine. Perhaps there is one as the saying goes there always is. But certainly not one willing to come forward and voice their pleasure at the collapse.
Perhaps Steve Bruce is the supporter who is pleased. After all, for now, it’s kept him in a job. But even he’s gone silent and there’s been no mention of last Wednesday’s summit with Ashley either.
All the while The PL and he-who-I-refuse-to-name remain shtum. We get nada, zilch, zero, nowt from them and quite frankly on this subject I doubt we ever will. After all they could come out and say there’s nothing for them to say as the consortium pulled out before they gave an answer!
But that’s the whole point! Why didn’t they give an answer and why can’t they tell us why they didn’t? Seems to me that if they had nothing to hide and are in the right then they should be willing to put out a statement.
They and he-who-I-refuse-to-name have nothing to lose and everything to gain if they’ve done nothing wrong and yet, they are still silent and refuse to give an answer to a very reasonable set of questions.
They are getting bombarded from all sides. Journalists demanding an answer. MP’s demanding an answer. Celebrities demanding an answer. Trusts and Supporters representatives group demanding an answer. Most of all the long-suffering Geordie faithful demanding an answer.
Still we don’t get one!
We have a petition with over 50,000 signatures since it’s inception/birth. That’s 50,000+ in under three days and still we don’t get an answer. Premier League and he-who-I-refuse-to-name are cowards and should be hanging their heads in shame. I have a feeling they are not!
The consortium pulling out has given them quite clearly what they wanted. No need for them to make a public decision and no need for them to comment on it either. That is not right.
So, what next? The American factor. Supposedly Henry has been given 14 days to make a bid. Does that mean we have to wait another 14 days for something not to happen and be smashed in the face again? It’s interesting in what you read that the majority of fans don’t want Henry.
They see him as a non-entity and someone that is not interested or will certainly not take us forward in the way the consortium would have. Remember to that for the consortium it was much more than the Club.
They were going to have a considerably good effect on the city and the community as well with several organisations looking to benefit. That’s all gone now and whilst we want Ashley out, the right buyers have to be in for the right reasons and they were but the PL bungled that for us.
I read that the deal could be resurrected. I read that the more pressure the ordinary Geordie in the street can put on the powers that be the better that chance of resurrection. I’m not convinced but one thing I am convinced about is what happens next.
That will be continued silence from the side in the wrong and continued fury and demands from the side that is right. One thinks for sure; we aren’t going to be quiet any time soon.