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Mixed Signals

Mixed Signals

Since Mike Ashley purchased Newcastle United back in 2007, there has been many things happening that have you wondering what the real intention is.

Many incidents have had a hidden intention with the self promotion of a certain sports shop right at the front of things although generally the roller coaster of supporting a football club has played havoc with the emotions.

The emergence of Rafa Benitez into Newcastle history shocked the soul back into a dying carcass of a club with him seemingly being allowed to run the footballing side of things on a long leash rather than a short rope that Messrs Pardew and McClaren got although one look into this is because Rafa knows what he's doing with great detail.

The fact that Ashley makes daft decisions for one reason or another is always there in the background to keep the feet on the ground and with transfer dealings not being quite what Rafa was promised on the tin, the threat of future fall out is always there but now and then things happen that question whether there's been a change of policy.

With talk of takeovers creeping up now and then, my personal thought on that is that it's a smokescreen to allow the club to be run as a tight ship rather than spend the cash to progress but I could be wrong.

The arrival of Rafa could genuinely have been a deliberate ploy to get the club in the selling spotlight against my initial thoughts and with more good decisions now than there's been, I hope this is the case although there will be many like me in that the trust is gone.

With the club having a conveyor belt of buying promising players on the cheap to fatten up and then sell on for big profit coming a cropper with our second relegation to go with the many near misses, hopefully there's been a realisation that there has to be a plan and this policy alone can never work.

Today's announcement that Mikel Merino is now officially our property, the fears that a potential £30m - £40m player of the future and a sale of him in the next two years is a real fear based on past history. For the club to cement it's place in the division and want to challenge higher up, the thought pattern has to be eradicated and future teams need building around our better performers.

Like any great wall, you take out the strongest foundations and it'll eventually fall. Hopefully lessons have been learned but at the minute we're just getting mixed signals.

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Writer:Talk of the Tyne
Date:Friday October 13 2017
Time: 12:22PM

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