The incredibly incompetent way in which the Newcastle United Board are running the Newcastle club, or not running the club, whichever way you want to look at it, came to light yesterday.
Derek Llambias – is he talking to Chris Hughton at all?
It appears the Newcastle players and staff are increasingly angry, that after 19 days since Kevin Keegan resigned, the Newcastle Board of Directors have still said nothing to them directly, about the grave situation at the club.
When stand-in coach Chris Hughton was asked if Managing Director Derek Llambias will be at tonight’s match, against Tottenham yesterday, he just didn’t know, simply because he hasn’t talked to Llambias since Kevin left.
This is unbelievable negligence and incompetence being shown by Ashley and his people.
The perception they are giving, whether it’s true or not, is of a board who couldn’t care less about the club, other than getting the highest price they can get for it. And let’s be clear – perception is usually reality.
The situation on the training ground is one of complete surprise that a global football business can be handled so incompetently, by supposedly experienced businessmen.
I can tell you from personal experience this couldn’t and wouldn’t happen at a well managed company, where communication to employees is key.
Hughton was asked yesterday if there had been fresh contact from the people above him at Newcastle United and he said:
“I’ve had no indication, we’re just getting on with it.” “No, not at all. We spoke about it before weekend’s game, so from that aspect, nothing has changed.”
“Anything that is above me as such is something that I can’t control. All I can control is what I have in this group of players, a group of players who have been very good and have responded very well to the obvious problems that are there. That’s all they can do.”
“The only contact I’ve had is to thank me for the job I’m doing and to just continue. There are things I can’t speak about”
We can only guess at how they treated Kevin Keegan, during his last week at the club, since it seems they are treating their customers (Newcastle fans), players and staff with a disregard that verges on disdain and disrespect.
The sooner this lot sells up and ships out, the better it will be for our great club.