We have no idea why James Milner has put in a transfer request at the club, but if we were Newcastle we would get him in a room right now, and fully understand why he wants to leave the Tyneside club, which he has always said he’s been very happy at.
James Milner – why does he want to leave – find out – quickly
What we have to remember with James is that he’s still only 22 years old, and may be easily swayed by things. Maybe Aston Villa have been talking to him and Newcastle United haven’t.
But rather than the club just accept this, the fact that it’s come as such a big shock suggest to us there has not been enough communication, or plain talking between the club and James, and his agents.
Poor communication can cause all kinds of bad things to happen, because you never know just what the other side is really thinking. Just look at USA and Iran as a good political example going on right now.
But the club have to find out what the problem is, because it could also be festering with other players, who haven’t yet said anything.
But if it’s something that has disappointed James with the Tyneside club, we should see if the fault may lie on our side, or the better way to say it – if the solution may lie on the club’s side of things.
And if we does, we may have an opportunity to quickly correct it. It may not be anything the club has or has not done, but we need to find that out.
But I can tell you I had some problems like this as an executive at IBM, when out of the blue one of our best guys said he had a job elsewhere, at a much higher salary.
One of the reasons he was willing to leave, was his salary was just too low, and we pushed through – in one day – a pay rise of $30K, which was still less than the other company offered, in total renumeration, but the person agreed to stay. He was still getting about $70K less than he could have received from the other large finance company.
He stayed for two reasons – he got a decent pay rise, which he was worth, (and that was our fault he was underpaid), and he was impressed that we thought so much of him with our actions in that 24 hour time period. We indeed proved the big elephant – IBM, can indeed dance when it has to,
We are not saying there is a similar situation with James Milner, far from it, but it’s something the club have to find out – and very quickly – like now.
And the club’s terrible lack of communication with the fans, suggests communications problems could indeed be the problem with James.
Also, if we don’t get a reasonable transfer offer, we could potentially keep him until January, and try to ensure he is happy, but Aston Villa we think will be primed to make a top offer, maybe 10M, which will be difficult to turn down.