Mike Ashley told Newcastle fans more of his vision for the Tyneside club last night in his statement, than he has ever done in the 16 months he has been in charge.
Mike Ashley – never said anything to the fans – about anything
When Chris Mort was Chairman, he would quite regularly stress that Newcastle had a business model of bringing in young players, and developing them, and had put in place the three recruitment executives, led by Dennis Wise.
But since Chris has left, Derek Llambias has been an absolute disaster as his replacement, and under the role of Managing Director. Llambias never communicated with fans, and it looks like the board never said anything more to the players either, as it looks like veterans Shay Given, Nicky Butt and Michael Owen were furious after the Hull City defeat.
Apparently the players know as little as the fans as to what has been going on.
Mike Ashley has been let down by the people he put in charge to run the club, and specifically by Llambias. Just think what the fans would have been thinking if Mike himself had given monthly or bi-monthly statements on his vision for the club, and the progress made towards it.
That would have done a lot to keep the fans on his side, but we wonder if he understands the big mistake he did make, that had the fans go against him, over the last two weeks.
In case he doesn’t the mistake was siding with Dennis Wise, and maybe Derek Llambias in the struggle for who had final say at the club on transfers. That’s been his Achilles Heel in all of this – that and his complete inability to say anything to the fans and the players.
He has to take the responsibility for the mess the club is in right now, and unfortunately we don’t see this situation lifting until the club is finally sold, and we don’t think that will be as quick as fans would like.
We hope the club can be sold sooner rather than later – so we can make yet another start, presumably with yet another new manager.
It’s déjà vu all over again.