If there is any truth in the rumour that we are stalling on renegotiating Noble's contract, then that is completely senseless. Love him or hate him, and I am hopeful that he will emerge as a real star this season, there is absolutely nothing to be gained from allowing his contract to run down, meaning he can walk away, Green like, at the end of the season on a free transfer.
How stupid were we with Green? I was no fan of England's 666, but had we paid him an extra 10k per week for 12 months, we could have sold him for £2m rather than given him away to QPR. That's a net profit on the one year deal of £1,480,000 if my sums are right, and we would have been in a position to choose whether or not we wanted to keep hold of him.
Noble's deal should have been a priority. He has been a loyal servant of the club and was excellent last season, making more completed passes than any other player on the books by a country mile. The last thing we need is for him to get the huff, aka Green, and to decide to leave. Sullivan and Gold are taking this sound financial management too far and need to get their product out of their arses pronto because penny pinching will see us back in the Championship before we know it.
If happy, Noble could be a positive driving force as the season kicks off; if he is unhappy with the owners, he will be a dead weight hung, albatross like, around the team's neck.