As it stands, no one knows when we’ll see Newcastle United back in action.
We don’t know if the current season will be completed at a later date or if it will be deemed null and void.
There is so much uncertainty around right now, particularly for those players whose contracts expire this summer.
If football is still at a standstill in the summer, these players could find themselves without a club and unable to get a new one.
Therefore, Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley must take a financial hit to protect their employees.
The likes of Javi Manquillo and Matty Longstaff are set to leave Newcastle in the summer.
But these players should be given short-term contract extensions, prolonging their time at Newcastle until things are clearer.
Players such as Jack Colback and Rob Elliot will likely never play for the Magpies again, but they should not be exempt. Newcastle must look after the well-being of their players, regardless of whether they are in Steve Bruce’s plans or not.
It would be cruel to allow these players to leave when their contracts expire if the footballing landscape is still uncertain. They could end up going months without a club and ultimately without an income.
While some will argue ‘they get enough money as it is’, they are still human beings.
Ashley and Charnley would certainly go up in some people’s estimations if they did this for their players.