There’s no doubt Newcastle United Football Club right now are in a terrible mess.
Mike Ashley – has completely messed up in last couple of weeks
And for the mess to be as bad as it is, the people in charge of the club have had to be completely incompetent, and unfortunately that’s just exactly what they’ve been, especially over the last few weeks.
How Derek Llambias could be given the Managing Director job with absolutely no football management experience at all, is beyond us, and his personality seems to have been a complete clash with the only person who was doing anything positive at the club – Kevin Keegan.
But in truth even Kevin isn’t blameless in all of this. That’s because his exit has left Newcastle without a rudder, and however things were, he could have agreed to stay – just for the good of the team.
We know that’s a very unpopular thing to say, because we know Kevin is great for this club, but we aren’t the only fans who have thought this over the last couple of weeks.
Chris Mort did a good job with no football experience because, first of all, he’s a good man, easy to get on with, extremely bright, and an excellent business brain who put the fans first, plus his heart was always in the right place.
Not so with Llambias, and since he took over the club has stopped communicating with its fans.
Of course, when push came to shove and Ashley had to choose between Llambias and Keegan, he obviously sided with his old business buddy and so Kevin was out. It does look, on the positive side, like Mike made a belated attempt to get Kevin back a week last Friday, but it was just too late, and the club entered a death spiral.
Not only is the team now plummeting towards relegation but some of our players are so fed up and unsettled at the complete mess and zero communication, that quite a few of them will be heading for the exit come January.
Mike Ashley is now trying to get as much as he can for the club he has crippled, and which he bought, by his own admission, to have some fun with.
The club is locked in a catch 22 situation. We will not improve until we get a new manager in, and we’ll not get a new manager in until the club is sold, and as the team continues to pile up defeats, the price of the club will hardly increase, and so Ashley will find it harder and harder to sell the club for the price he wants.
One person who could come in now and steady the ship is Kevin Keegan, who is now on holiday in Spain – but for the good of the club we’d hope he would come back and get the team together and keep us afloat until a new buyer is found.
But that possibility seems extremely remote if not impossible, and it’s hard to see how that would happen unless Ashley and Llambias all promised to stay away and let Kevin get on with it – until a buyer was found.
Yes – it’s probably totally unreasonable – but make absolutely no mistake about it – the club is now in serious serious trouble.
To finish this piece on a positive note, we’ll just have to hope we can get a buyer in, who will rescue the club, long before this already bad situation gets any worse.