Whether the press have a clue about who Lee Charnley is attempting to hoodwink into becoming the doomed successor to Rafa Benitez remains to be seen but the latest name in the frame is Sheffield United’s Chris Wilder. His name has moved up the bookies odds which is how football journalism is done these days.

Whereas Benitez came to us with a CV boasting Valencia, Liverpool, Inter Milan, Napoli and Real Madrid, Chris Wilder can boast Alfreton, Halifax, Oxford and Northampton Town before he rocked up at Sheffield United, his home-town club who he served from 1986 to 1992 and 1998 to 1999. Wilder’s spell as manager with the Blades as manager begun in 2016 where he has scored two successive promotions from League 1 to the Premier League. That is no mean feat to be fair.

Currently, Newcastle United is being prepared for the new season by Neil Redfearn. Redfearn was coaching the Doncaster Belles women’s team over the 2017-18 season.

So far, speculation linking Patrick Viera was ended when the former Arsenal man told the world he was staying in Nice. Wise move. Gerrard is unlikely to leave Rangers as he has Rafa’s mobile number I don’t doubt. Arteta is apparrently the bookies favourite. He’d be mental to come to Newcastle United where his managerial career would be inevitably still-born. Roberto Martinez has done enough with Belgium to have stick high enough to turn a deaf one to Charnley’s calls whereas tales linking United to Steve Bruce, Gary Monk et al are surely exercises in kite flying by agents. I’m not sure our collective mental health could cope with Bruce talking about being a Geordie despite having absolutely no connection throughout his entire career with Newcastle United.

It might be interesting to note that two days after Chelsea announced Frank Lampard as their new manager, his former club, Derby County, revealed Philip Cocu as his successor. Newcastle United have known Benitez would not be accepting the terms under which they wanted him to manage the club since mid-May. This is a reckless negligence.

An alleged, so-called national newspaper has speculated that Man U are readying a 50 millions bid for Sean Longstaff. These amounts seem to be pulled from thin air. A week ago other newspapers were quoting an initial bid of 15 millions whilst earlier in the summer there was talk of 25 millions. Anyone would think they didn’t have a clue. Imagine Longstaff not wanting to get the hell out of Newcastle United? No, me neither.

There has as yet been no reported interest in Isaac Hayden who has a long-standing desire to leave United and move closer to his partner and child but The Chronicle reckon some-one at United has told the likes of Jack Colback, Henri Saviet, Rolando Aarons, Jacob Murphy and Achraf Lazaar have a clean slate at the club going into the new season.

I know, I cried as well.