It looks like Chris Hughton could be in charge of Newcastle for at least 3 weeks as it appears the Newcastle Board will take their time in appointing a new manager to replace Kevin Keegan.
Derek Llambias – what has he done since taking over from Chris Mort?
It says something about the state of the club when this will be the 4th manager in 16 months and the 6th manager in four years. How can you have any stability or consistency when you continually change your manager?
And this is the 4th time in the last 10 years that Newcastle have changed their manager so early in the season, after new players have been brought in under the previous manager. Other managers to be dismissed at this time of the season included Kenny Dalglish, Ruud Gullit and Bobby Robson.
So once again the club is like a ship adrift in the ocean, but this time the owner and the Board took the sails off themselves. That’s about the level of competence shown by this current board, and Derek Llambias is making an effort to show he’s never been in football management before, and it shows.
We have no idea what this guy is doing at the club – probably not much, and he certainly doesn’t say much to the fans, that’s for sure.
It’s now obvious that Chris Mort, although not experienced either in football management, had the wherewithal, business skills and communications capability to keep things together, and we don’t think this break-up with Kevin Keegan would ever have happened had Chris still been at the helm.
From what we can find out, it even seems like there’s been a huge personality clash between Kevin and Derek Llambias, with Keegan probably at the end of his tether with the incompetence of the people around him. Once he found out he was getting no more than a couple of players coming in, despite all their promises, and going along with selling James Milner, he probably just blew his top.
Caretaker manager Chris Hughton has been told that he could be in charge of first-team affairs for the next three weeks at least, with the club’s recruitment process, led by Director of Football Dennis Wise, still struggling to gain any momentum. So what’s new?
They failed to bring in enough players during the summer too, so whoever is brought in as out next manager on the treadmill, we will not have a big enough squad to put up with any level of injuries to the first team squad, at least until January.
The fact is the Newcastle Board have not done their job, and in other businesses they would be replaced for non performance.