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Newcastle United: John Gibson claims players are upset with Mike Ashley

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Newcastle United journalist has hinted at potential upheaval within the club when it comes to the players and their relationship with Mike Ashley.

Newcastle have been incredibly quiet this summer when it comes to the transfer window, with the club failing to bring in a single player so far, and given Bruce’s recent comments about having to wait for other clubs to do their business before Newcastle can do theirs, it doesn’t look likely that anything is going to change straight away.

It is certainly a worrying state of affairs considering there is just over a week to go until the start of the season.

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Gibson spoke about the issue on NUFC Matters as part of a wider discussion about the lack of activity at the club, whilst reflecting on previous comments made by Allan Saint-Maximin and the club’s ambitions, with the Frenchman now claiming that he wants to use Newcastle United as a way to play for France at next year’s World Cup.

In the discussion, he claimed that there are a number of players inside the dressing room at St. James’ Park aside from Saint-Maximin that aren’t happy with the lack of spending going on at the club this window:

“I’m also told incidentally – and it makes total sense – that there are several other senior players as dischuffed about Newcastle, i.e. Mike Ashley, not signing anybody.”

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If Gibson’s claims are true, then things really are starting to get serious at Newcastle United. The fans being upset is one thing, but when that animosity starts to seep into the dressing room, then that’s when you know there are some serious problems.

His claim echo those of The Athletic’s Chris Waugh, who suggested that players are indeed ‘growing frustrated‘ at the lack of activity on Tyneside.

And if true, there really couldn’t be a clearer message sent to the owner that he needs to start spending his money, something he has been unwilling to do in the past.

Some have claimed that the uncertainty over the takeover means that spending might be unlikely, but this might just be the push in the right direction that Ashley will need to buy some players and protect his investment in the club, otherwise the club might go one step further than just being in a relegation battle like last season and make the plunge down into the Championship.

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