Is it any surprise that he may join look to join Spurs, in our current state?

Football FanCast guest columnist Todd Richie is at odds with
the current situation at his beloved club and wouldn't be surprised if certain
players wanted to move on.

Am I the
only fan who is sick to the back of teeth of the constant uncertainty around
the football club and the lack of communication afforded to the supporters?
Every day we awake up to news of this takeover here, a new manager there and
potential ins and outs of players at the football club – to say it is starting
to grate is something of an understatement.

I'm no
great fan of Joe Kinnear, but one aspect that I appreciate is that at least he
has been giving us snippets of information, an insight into what is to going on,
but even he is being undermined, inexplicably by Michael Owen, who chose his
programme notes to explain that he was fit and well and it was down to the
manager as to why he wasn't playing – it is a mess of the highest order and its
time a line was drawn through this uncertainty once and for all.

The most
worrying aspect of this whole sorry episode is that as long as everything is up
in the air, then the more unsettled the football club becomes then subsequently
no players will want to join and more importantly our assets will want to
leave. Reports have been rife that Shay Given has been attracting the interest
of Tottenham and some Serie A clubs, but could we honestly blame him if he
left? He, more than most has had to put up with all the false dawns, promises
and hopes that we have all had to at St James and it must reach a point, where
he has to question his long term future. Shay would love nothing more than to
stay and achieve honours at the club for that I have no doubt, but the fact he
hasn't come out and dismiss the speculation suggests to me that there is more
to it than meets the eye – the very fact we have been heavily linked to Carlos
Kameni yesterday also adds weight to the rumours.

It has
reached the point in my eyes where a decision has to be made and players need
to know what the hell is going on at the football club. If Mike Ashley cannot
find a buyer for the club, then let's have it out in the open, get on with
business for the time being, and look to get Newcastle in the best possible
shape, until such time that he can conclude a deal. The players need to know of
the clubs ambition, its future intention, otherwise why would they want to stay?
Although the Premier League is open at present, it will only be a matter of
time before it will start to separate and if Ashley wants to get top dollar for
that football club then we have to be playing top flight football; in our
current state, that is by no means a certainty.