The majority of Newcastle fans have been left feeling underwhelmed by the sheer lack of activity the club managed to do in the summer window.
Joe Willock was our only first-team signing – a player who was already here on loan last season – despite a host of big earners being shifted off the wage bill and a clear lack of depth in our squad.
Contrast this to the so-called “big six” clubs, who spent over £600million between them just a few months after they all tried to run off to the European Super League – a grotesque scheme that saw them punished with nothing more than a slap on the wrist.
Newcastle’s fortunes would have changed drastically had our lottery ticket of a takeover been given the green light. Maybe, just maybe, we would have seen the kind of investment that would have seen us not fearing a season of tragedy.
The deal that has been ongoing for over 18 months and still has no endgame in sight, with the Premier League playing hide and seek from Toon fans, responding to every question posed with a cut-and-paste “no comment” response.
In a meeting last year, top flight CEO Richard Masters told the NUFC Trust that its decision-making on the takeover front will be done “with the best interests of Newcastle United at heart”.
This, as has obviously been proven by Mike Ashley’s blatant negligence ever since, is an outright lie.
The Premier League operates to serve the Premier League and the Premier League only.
Remember the European Super League fiasco? The “big six” clubs slapped the Premier League square in the face when they broke the rules to breakaway and form their own league yet, to the disbelief of nobody, they only received a slap on the wrist.
The fear of upsetting the big boys in the event of points deductions – or even relegations – was so strong that they simply laid down and looked the other way.