Date: 21st June 2019 at 4:09pm
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John Anderson has slammed the ongoing situation at Newcastle United and said the communication blackout is affecting the fan base.

The Magpies’ icon, who enjoyed a long career at St James’ Park, suggested that the players will not know what’s going on and said that it’s time for answers.

Speaking to the Chronicle, Anderson said: “Players could be coming back and there could be nobody there at all, as we haven’t been told anything. It’s not a good way to start pre-season training. It is a total mess.

“It’s not a good place to be at all. There’s nothing coming from the club whatsoever.”

It has been a month since the Sun reported that Mike Ashley had agreed a deal to sell Newcastle United for £350million to the Bin Zayed Group. Another issue that hasn’t been resolved is that of Rafael Benitez’ future at the club, with his current deal set to expire at the end of June.

OPINION

Anderson is right to take issue with the ongoing situation surrounding Newcastle United. The contract talks with Benitez could have been handled much better, with fans now starting to panic with less than two weeks left to secure the Spaniard to a new deal. The Bin Zayed Group are reportedly edging closer to completing a takeover, but the lack of updates is starting to take its toll on the North East faithful. The draw of Benitez is crucial to Newcastle, with the former Champions League winner surely a reason as to why potential signings would pick the club. There has been a lack of positivity surrounding the club, with Benitez reportedly being offered the chance to move to China to double his salary. That would have been the perfect chance for Newcastle to secure Benitez and assure fans his future was secure, but instead, they decided to stay quiet and keep their fans in the dark. The return of the players for pre-season will hopefully bring clarity to everyone involved at Newcastle – the moment they see a full squad of players with Benitez in charge, they can start relaxing a bit.