As has been their mode of operation since Derek Llambias became Managing Director at Newcastle United, the club has so far said very little to the fans, even when the manager has just resigned.
Newcastle have missed the calming influence of Chris Mort since May
If there was ever a time when the club should explain to their fans what is going on at the club it is now, but no this lot of incompetents, who seem determined to ensure that everybody knows they have no idea how to run a football club, and are running our club into the ground in the process.
There is news in The Sun that Ashley was at a night club in New York on Thursday evening after Kevin Keegan had resigned his post at Newcastle.
And The Sun have some evidence, such as the bill, that Ashley spent over $2,500 on champagne, and was helped out of the club at 3:00 am in the morning. not in a sober state.
When Mike should have been sorting out the huge business problems he has created for himself at Newcastle United, he chose to go and get drunk, hardly a wise (excuse the pun) or good decision.
We cannot see how he can show his face again at Newcastle games without at the least getting insulted by Newcastle fans, who are just furious at what he has done to this proud club. And sitting with the fans again, we’re sure will be explained to him by his bodyguards, would hardly be safe.
Newcastle assistant manager Terry McDermott again took training yesterday, while speculation over Keegan’s successor has intensified, and we understand that former Tottenham coach Chris Hughton will take charge of the team for the Hull City game a week today at St. James’ Park.
We know there is talk of a boycott at that game, but a demonstration following the game, in the car park would be more effective, and put pressure on Ashley to sell the club. It would get wide publicity, and would then be in all the Sunday papers the following day, and would alert potential buyers of the club that indeed a buying opportunity of Newcastle United was real.
All last week there was an absence of leadership shown by the Newcastle Board, which has only intensified since Kevin Keegan left the club on Thursday evening. And in business, you cannot just go and hide in a corner and hope for the best in difficult situations like this.
Good strong businessmen come out, look at the situation, and plot a course of action, usually both short term and long term, to get out of the mess. That’s why they are usually paid big bucks, but we have to say we are hardly impressed with the executives in charge at Newcastle United right now.
We were impressed with Chris Mort, who regularly communicated with the fans, and in fact did some very good things behind the scenes regarding charity and also put the current organization structure in place.
We think the structure with a recruitment team is just fine, but Kevin has to have final say and the recruitment executives’ role is simply to help Kevin Keegan. And that’s what Chris said when he was explaining the new organization to the fans.
And until now we think Ashley has done most things right, so we still cannot believe how he has allowed Kevin Keegan to walk away. Why didn’t he exert more influence in the negotiations, even when he was in NY?
With a 5 hour time difference it’s rather easy to have phone calls at say 6:00am in NY when it’s 11:00am in England, and with cell phones that becomes even easier. I’ve done that many times before in the role I had at IBM, and you find the time, when the issue is an important one.
When will we next hear from our leaders at Newcastle United? We have no idea, but the longer it goes, the worse it will get for them, we can guarantee that.
We think Ashley has only two choices to remain owner at Newcastle United – bring Kevin Keegan back and give him full control on the playing side, or sell the club to somebody who will indeed do just that.
We still don’t think we’ve heard the last of this.