The silence is not only deafening from The Premier League, arguably the two most important figures at the Club have also said nothing since the day after the season ended. Well nothing of note considering what was said prior to the Liverpool game and immediately afterwards.
Not a huge surprise that Ashley has said nothing. After all he’s lost £300m following the takeover collapse. He’s probably still crying into his kebabs and lager. Steve Bruce is another matter though.
On the 24th July, three days before the transfer market opened, the Toon boss said:
“When I say business as usual, we’ve got one or two things in the fire right now.
“Let’s hope we can pull them off.”
In the aftermath of the defeat versus The Champions, a result that meant Bruce didn’t better Rafa’s points total, he was quoted as saying he was going to be speaking to Ashley on Wednesday 29th July to discuss transfer budget.
Apart from the fact that Ashley would probably not speak to Bruce and get Charnley to do it instead, what happened on that Wednesday?
The same thing that has happened with the irons in the fire presumably. Everything has burned out and nothing has been progressed. But perhaps even more damning nothing has been forthcoming from either about anything.
Now I get that the Premier League’s silence is palpably more disappointing and completely wrong but, what about A & B? They’ve said nothing either! In Bruce’s case he may have been gagged and even if he hasn’t, he won’t want to mention any prospective signings.
But several Clubs are making moves and several more are putting ludicrous price tags on bang average players. Even those that might be worth investing in are now seemingly being priced out of our midget-sized budget.
It would appear the only players we’ve got any chance of signing or free transfers, out-of-contract players, or someone on loan. If we do spend any money, I suspect the budget will not be blown on just one or two.
All-in-all a far from happy situation all round and whilst not as big a silence as the Premier League’s, still yet another disappointing if not unsurprising silence from the people who still run our club.
What price fan loyalty?