Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Taken to Task over Interview

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Taken to Task over Interview

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Ever been in one of those situations where you inquire about something without really expecting an answer?

You know, you may innocently ask a relative stranger how their health is, and instead of getting the expected OK, they actually start telling you about their corns and their Chalfonts.

Well, when I asked about your views on the comings and goings in the transfer market at Newcastle United, I didn't really expect you to take me up on it.

Only, kiddin', it's always lovely to hear from you lot.

So, over to Colin Agar, of Hexham, who wrote: "You asked for a response to the Freddy Shepherd page.

"I must agree with your correspondent who wrote that instead of putting the chairman on the spot, you gave him an unchallenged platform on which to deliver waffle.

"Let me do you job for you

"He said: 'Taking Chelsea out of the equation, why?, only three or four clubs spent more.' So that means five clubs invested more, so in cash terms we are looking at best at sixth place. What happened to Champions League aspirations, and what about clubs which spent less but planned and bought better, rather than a last minute panic? Everton - Andy Johnson.

"He said we beat off a lot of other teams to get Rossi. Rossi is another team's reserve player. Remember when we used to challenge them for the title, and he's only on a four-month loan..

"He said Sibierski is a squad player. So what? A player who could not win a regular place in a side which finished below United? (Yeah, but his goal was decent last night, Colin). "So we've got Bernard back. This was a player whose greed and pressure for pounds 35,000 a week saw him leave United. So much for commitment to the cause.

"Shay's new five year contract ( well, he's not a new signing.

"The claim that if we'd signed Duff and Martins on the last day of the transfer deadline would have had fans dancing in the street beggars belief. …

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