Becoming quite depressing now that there is no news on the most important piece of work to be undertaken at Newcastle United and that is obviously to keep Rafa Benitez at the club. The longer this drags on the more worried we should become that Ashley has again done something that places his own interests above our club and that Rafa is on the way out. He has been linked with clubs on the continent and you sometimes wonder if Ashley doesn’t want him to become sickened by the whole farce and take one so he can appoint another Pardew Puppet.

Anyway, there is some fanciful nonsense in the press today as befits the time of year we are in. The Mail has us being interested in Mario Fernandes from CSKA Moscow for a fee of 26 millions. For a full-back? At Newcastle United? Don’t make me laugh. Click here There is a similar story in The Mirror as well – click here.

Craig Hope of The Mail has a news story linking Neil Redfearn with the vacant U-23s job at United – the post previously held by Peter Beardsley. Full story here

Did I imagine seeing a story linking United to Man Utd’s Lukaku? I mean, howay, man.

Thanks for reading.