It suddenly occured to me how worryingly close the transfer window is to slamming shut for another four months.
Not counting the half day left as I write this we are left with just three whole days before the chance of any more permanent sigings before the year of our Lord 2010 dawns.
Worth noting that would only be two days if the bank managers wern't too busy earning their wages to open on Monday.
With our paper thin squad already appearing to show signs of tearing at the top after Shola, Carroll and Xisco all preparing for their monthly trip to the treatment table that leaves just youngster Nile Ranger to lead the line.
"No worry," I thought, "We'll get someone in," but will we?
The dripping tap of information from St. James' has been firmly turned off once again with no news to report on the possibility of club ownership switching hands.
Hughton claims to be confident of holding onto players but back in May i'd have never believed you if you'd have told me i'd be sweating over the future of Kevin Nolan.
The scouse star has pulled a Shola and gained a lot of fans, including this one, for his exceptional effort and (whisper as not to curse it) goalscoring touch.
However rumours of Gary Megson being interested in taking his former midfielder back to the Premier League are hopefully, some way off the mark.
So, no new owner, no permanent manager, no permanent signings.
Nothing ever changes.
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