Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley has refused to discuss the future of the Tyneside football club, despite the resignation of manager Kevin Keegan last week.
But that’s just one of the shabby ways in which the club is being managed right now, because since Derek Llambias replaced Chris Mort as head executive at the club, there has been very little communication coming out of the club, and we mean very little.
Over the summer, nothing was said about players coming or going, and now we know Kevin Keegan, who was the only person ever speaking to the press, was not even allowed to talk about transfers.
Since Kevin resigned lat week, there have been a scant couple of communications from the club on the official web-site, and those have led to even more confusion about who was really in charge of transfers at Newcastle. The club managed to contradict itself, from some of its earlier statements on the matter.
This is no way to run a business, in which you simply ignore your customers, in times when they have a reasonable right to know what’s going on.
It was hoped that Ashley might try to explain his actions at the annual general meeting of his company Sports Direct International yesterday, but when approached by a Sky News reporter he repeatedly said he would only talk about things related to Sports Direct.
Ashley had flown back from New York to be at the meeting, and with journalists far outnumbering shareholders, the billionaire refused to discuss the situation at his Newcastle club.
The lack of communication out of St. James’ Park is completely unacceptable, and is very poor business practice, and leads to fans being wary of just what exactly the club’s plans are for the future.
But that seems to be the way the club has treated its fan base, and tells them nothing of what’s going on.
As far as we are concerned the sooner this lot sells up and ships out the better it will be for the Newcastle United Football Club.
We have no idea at all who the new manager may be, or even if there will be a new manager soon, but there again we are just fans – and we seem to be at the bottom of the totem pole.