Sunday, December 28, 2008

Back seat driver

According to a statement released today, 2009 will be the year in which "we drive the club forward together", with owner and fans back in harmony and striving to achieve the best for the club.

Ashley has apparently taken the decision to withdraw the club from the market so that we might "continue to progress under the new management team".

Far be it from me to raise a cynical eyebrow at all of this, but given the current economic climate, and for all the reported interest in the club clearly nobody put their money where their mouth was.

If Ashley really does want to prove that he's committed to Newcastle, he's got the perfect opportunity to do it over the next month, with the transfer window about to open, and our pressing need for a decent left back still a matter which is outstanding from the summer.

Of course, if a left back had arrived on deadline day instead of a Spanish striker and a permanently injured Uruguayan midfielder there probably wouldn't have been a need for a press release at all...


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