As ever during the transfer window, the Newcastle United fans here in the Transfer Tavern have grown really rather frustrated. Indeed, with many of our resident Geordies believing January reinforcements are beyond key to the club’s survival, their lack of activity so far has our drinkers down in the dumps.
It seems such frustration is constantly in play on Tyneside as Rafa Benitez looks to improve his squad, despite the lack of backing he gets from Mike Ashley. With takeover talk dying somewhat of late, our punters clad in black and white aren’t at all happy, as you can imagine.
With that in mind, George Caulkin’s report on the Times has proven really rather interesting. He claims those behind the scenes at St. James’ Park are merely going through the motions during this window, with Lee Charnley reportedly asking Benitez what first-team player the club could sell in order to make room, when the Spaniard suggests a target.
Not a hugely popular figure amongst the Mags in the Tavern, Charnley is understood to want to back his manager, though doesn’t have the authority amid the Ashley regime.
Sadly for Newcastle fans, the club just drift on.
It’s a terrible time for Newcastle fans. They are merely treading water in the Premier League right now and are by no means safe from relegation, with the need to strengthen this month painfully apparent.
Hopefully for them, Benitez can work his magic.