The Chronicle confirmed on Monday that Sheffield Wednesday have reported Newcastle to the Premier League over their appointment of Steve Bruce and his backroom staff.
Whether or not Newcastle have actually done anything wrong is not yet known, but according to the Telegraph, the club believe they have no case to answer, after a release clause in Bruce’s contract was met.
Regardless, it is yet another badly handled situation by Lee Charnley, who continues to be seen as out of his depth when it comes to footballing matters on Tyneside.
Under Mike Ashley’s ownership, the club had to pay former manager Kevin Keegan £2 million in 2009 as compensation for constructive dismissal and it lost a case against former winger Jonas Gutierrez after an employment tribunal said the club discriminated against the Argentine after his testicular cancer battle.
On top of that, it has also seen St James’ Park raided by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs, as part of an investigation into suspected criminal tax fraud in professional football.
But as though all those cases were not enough, we now see the club being investigated again.
It is time Newcastle let football make the headlines
Whether it turns out the club did nothing illegal will be discovered in due course, but it is yet another needless distraction caused by themselves.
With so much turmoil surrounding the club – the drawn out Rafa Benitez situation, the takeover speculation, no new players signed, and planned protests and boycotts against Mike Ashley – the last thing needed is more off-field issues.
There are under three weeks to go until the season starts, and yet it seems that actual football is the last thing anyone is able to focus on.
The Newcastle United soap opera keeps on going, but the best thing that could happen, is for the club to be sold, allowing fans and the club to have a happy ending.