Newcastle Still Saying Nothing To Players And Staff

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.

Comments welcome.

83 comments so far

  • toonfan67

    Sep 24, 2008 at 12:55 AM

    Comment #1


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  • Ganiyu

    Sep 24, 2008 at 1:19 AM

    Comment #2

    Wat are the foreigners beneficts?

  • Jude

    Sep 24, 2008 at 1:34 AM

    Comment #3

    Ed get a life…i’m tired of articles like this with this slant.

    Your quote from chris doesn’t give any idea that anybody is treating anyone with disdain. if anything they are thankful that Chris is holding the fort. like Christ himself said there are things he cannot talk about so we all don’t know what really is goin on…it doesn’t mean he doesn’t and it doesnt mean the players don’t know,.

    get a life man….let newcastle breathe…let’s stop handing our own club to the press to kill.

  • Ganiyu

    Sep 24, 2008 at 1:53 AM

    Comment #4

    Topic is boring about ashley and his gang.any new topic ed?

  • Dave

    Sep 24, 2008 at 2:00 AM

    Comment #5

    Sometimes in business or when dealing with people who think that they can do anything, you have to be ruthless. Mike Ashley is behaving like a child who has thrown his toys out of the pram and like child he has given up on any responsibility or duty he should have as a responsible adult.

    Reading between the lines his attitude is, it’s my toy, my money and I’ll do what I want with it, regardless of the consequences. If you don’t like it, it’s tough luck because I’m in a win, win situation and I can’t lose. I’ll sell the club and make a profit. Ok it didn’t work out how I planned, but who cares as its only business and as long as I make a profit, I don’t care.

    The poor publicity he has received will do very little to enhance his reputation, however he has enough money where he doesn’t have to worry about it. The only way to hit him hard is for the club sponsors to pull out and for the fans to abandon the matches. It doesn’t have to be all of the matches, a one off would be a start to state our intent and determination.

    Although radical, it is the only way in which he can be hurt because if there’s no income, he will have to pay the club outgoings out of his own pocket. If this had the desired impact, he’d take his finger out of his backside and try to put the club in order and drop the price in order to negotiate a sale. If we sit back and let him do as he pleases the club will be ruined beyond repair.

    I know that a lot of people will disagree however the longer we leave him to play with his toys the more toys will end up broken.

    Unfortunately the players will be suffering the brunt of this. They are in a position where they are contractually bound to the club and for that reason they can not openly comment on what they would like to see done. They are paid to do a job and they have to get on with it.

    The fans are their only hope to express their views and demonstrate that we will not tolerate the current goings on at the club. If a total abandonment was organised it would send shock waves through the football world and would also cause immeasurable damage to Mike Ashley’s reputation and integrity as a businessman.

    It’s not a good situation but it’s the only way to make him sit up and take notice.

  • Sav

    Sep 24, 2008 at 2:22 AM

    Comment #6

    I took the opposite view to you. My beef with Ed was that every time he puts that smirking nonentity’s mug up on his blog, my monitor is in grave danger of getting my fist through it.

    That, and I was going to take poor Ed to task for ‘a disregard that verges on disdain and disrespect’ as well.
    Only I was going to ask him how’s that just ‘verging on’? The bingo-caller, Llambias has said and done nowt. To think KK has been slung out in favour of that piss-pot is not verging on anything – its an eff’n disgrace.
    I hope Ashley gets taunted to hell about the 300 mil he’s supposed to have flushed away on shares last week. But if he can get some nutter to pay 400million for a club in our state, good luck to him.
    And what’s Chris Nathaniel taking? He’s announcing already that his Nigerian handlers have lodged 350 million and expect to add 50 – 100 million on top to ward off rivals. The club isn’t worth half of that.
    And by the by, what has become of the club’s 2008/09 income in ticket sales and TV rights and FA payments? that is a good few million that has just ended up paying Fatso’s gambling debts?

  • toonfan67

    Sep 24, 2008 at 2:50 AM

    Comment #7

    WTF are you lot only interested in how socially populat you r with people your never going to meet, wherelse the club YOU follow is in turmoil

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    also check out the Evening Chronicle NUFC forum….its the local paper here in Toon….

    i wrote the thread “MAD PETE” genuis or just plain bonkers ?

    look forward to hearing your comments….cheers

  • Thump

    Sep 24, 2008 at 3:49 AM

    Comment #8

    Bugger off with that “save Newcastle” sh.ite. You go on about how the club is in turmoil and yet if it were under fan ownership it would get 10x worse.

    How to run Newcastle United F.C headfirst into the ground.

    Let the fans claim ownership.

    Think about the business side of it, for christs sakes. Keep the club afloat and out of debt including wages, transfers and everything else that comes with running a company. You lads go on about hiring professional business men to deal with the financial operation of the club… you’re under the assumption that they’ll work for free?

  • ObaFan2

    Sep 24, 2008 at 3:56 AM

    Comment #9

    “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.”
    Well said and totally agree Ed.

  • LostWords

    Sep 24, 2008 at 5:53 AM

    Comment #10

    All those complaining about Ed’s “slanted” articles can just get the hell out of here. This is a blog where he can give his opinions anyway he likes, not a national newspaper where everything must be neutral and factual. If you dont like it, either leave or start a blog yourself. Really dont get some of you. You come to a blog and expect factually accurate and perfectly neutral articles? Huh?

  • Patrick (Pizzicato)

    Sep 24, 2008 at 7:09 AM

    Comment #11

    “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.”

    Well said, Ed! *thumbs up*

  • The Entertainers

    Sep 24, 2008 at 8:00 AM

    Comment #13

    This is not a new problem, certainly not for the fans.

    I remember mid way through the off season and still being a big Ashley supporter, i kept writing very positive blogs about the guy, but always stated my only critisim was the lack of communication towards the fans (i included Keegan in this critisim too )

    When the dust has settled it appears Keegan was giving the same cold shoulder and we know how long it took the board to talk to current players about contracts and even some incoming players took an eternity.

    So to a degree this is old news, certainly to me and i’m not surprised in the slightest. It only confirms that the owner and board collectively needs to sell up and ship out.

    For once i would like the owner to act with some pace.

  • Xsico golden boot

    Sep 24, 2008 at 8:04 AM

    Comment #14

    Well said ed KK is a legend and we can only think that the way the club was being run hurt him so much his place as manager was no longer an optionto frount what these men were/are doing

  • norn iron magpie

    Sep 24, 2008 at 8:05 AM

    Comment #15

    CH is trying to show a professional attitude. I wish the @rse holes above him would do the same.MO came out the other day and said it was very difficult. It seems the people that should be telling us whats going on dont give a shit. Where is fat Ashely now. In the middle east, Nigeria, Far East or in Las Vegas having a punt on the black jack tables?

  • AltaBatalJoneN

    Sep 24, 2008 at 8:07 AM

    Comment #16

    If it is true that KK pulled the plug on Skjelbred deal, then I don’t want him back as manager.. I have had doubts over his tansfer policy for a long time, and after the news came out that he wanted to buy Beckham, Henry and Lampard, then I was sure that he couln’t take us forward the way we wanted. Of course we would have taken many steps forward with those players, but it wouldn’t be worth it considering all the money they would have cost us.. KK made a BIG mistake in stopping the deal. Skjelbred has been outstanding for Rosenborg, but not only in the League, but also in the UEFA-cup. He has been named “man-of-the-match” for the last two European cup games. I would have taken him any day over all our midfielders right now.

  • AltaBatalJoneN

    Sep 24, 2008 at 8:14 AM

    Comment #17

    …and one more thing.. Can someone who live in Newcastle please RAM Nicky Butt with their car?? PLEEEEASE!!!
    I hate him!!!! he’s so out of this world BAD.

  • Guinea Mag

    Sep 24, 2008 at 8:15 AM

    Comment #18

    Appointing Derek Llambias as Managing Director was wrong; i.e. a square peg in a round hole and best he stays well away from SJP!

    Come on MA, the sooner you sell our beloved Newcastle United the better……

  • Nick

    Sep 24, 2008 at 8:30 AM

    Comment #19

    When you see Wenger put out 7 teenagers and win 6-0, you can see why Ashley wanted to copy the Arsenal model. We’d be lucky to see one teenager with KK. He always wanted the expensive finished article.

    Where Ashley fell down is that Wenger has an extensive worldwide scouting network and does not answer to anyone.

    I would be happy for Kk to come back and not be responsible to a D.O.F, but I do worry that he sees to have little or no contacts in France, Holland, Africa or Brazil as Wenger has.

    I still fell this all could have been avoided. KK as he allegedly was told, but no one really seems to know, should have made it crystal clear that there was money for good emerging players a la modric (16M) but with a ceiling of 25 years of age.

    I still think Vetere and Jimenez could have been very useful to us in the future. Even Wise if confined solely to the youth recruitment.

    Where it all went wrong was Llambias replacing Mort and Ashley suddenly morphing in to an overblown, greedy, couldn’t care less, egotistical slob.

  • ronaldeano

    Sep 24, 2008 at 8:37 AM

    Comment #20

    If you belive that KK was trying to sign Henry, Beckam and Lampard, you need a swift back hand from the hairy side.

    The papers made up that twaddle.

    Do you realy think KK is stupid enough to think he would be able to land those players?

    Fatso probly woulsent release the money to but Skelbred anyway, hence why he left

  • Nick

    Sep 24, 2008 at 8:39 AM

    Comment #21

    Dave – Ashley will have to make a move some time as in the championship he couldn’t give us away

  • ronaldeano

    Sep 24, 2008 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #22

    Wenger is a genius.

    There arent many people in the world that would be able to do what he has done at Arsenal.

    Cirtainly not Dennis current eyes!

    Ashley is a fool………

  • lesh

    Sep 24, 2008 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #23

    Ed. I totally agree with everything you’ve said in your article. Like you, I’ve worked in a senior position for a big company and no matter what, communication is paramount to the well-being of the business – especially in difficult times.

    One must feel sorry for and at the same time admire Hughton and the players – apart from the media and gossip, they’re exisiting in an information vacuum and need the reassurance that the company’s behind them.

    Has that happened? It doesn’t seem so and that just about sums up the total incompetance and insensitivity of the so called management, the junta that’s running the club.

    Sorry to say it but we are witnessing the fruits of that most dangerous of liaisons, the most dangerous combination in any walk of life – arrogance and ignorance!!!

    Directors? I wouldn’t trust them to direct traffic!!!

    Wise, Jimanez: why not do what any self respecting businessmen would do when they’ve presided over a complete debacle – resign, get out, sling your hooks……. will you!!

    Do yourselves a favour and do the decent thing – at least show you’ve got some sense of respect for your customers – yes, 50000 of them, and the players and the staff of the Club.

    Please, just get out and go before this club of ours is ruined beyond repair. Just GO and there’ll be dancing in the streets of Newcastle!

  • Tom

    Sep 24, 2008 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #24

    You want to criticise Ed for writing articles he wants to write about on his own blog? No-one is making you come here, and no-one is making you read them!!

  • ronaldeano

    Sep 24, 2008 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #25

    Ed- i totaly agree with your article 🙂

  • lesh

    Sep 24, 2008 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #26

    On the subject of Skelbred, if anybody thinks that the ones who were buying without reference to the Manager would take notice over his wishes in respect of Skelbred, think again.

    More likely the other way around I’d guess.

    Be aware of media issued anti KK and pro junta propaganda!

  • AltaBatalJoneN

    Sep 24, 2008 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #27

    Agree Nick..

  • Karltoon

    Sep 24, 2008 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #28

    Tom – totally agree.. This is a blog, which means Ed could rant in favour of MA and DW if he felt like it.. You’re here to read Ed’s opinion on the latest happenings.. Not the “facts”.. If you want the facts get on The Suns website 🙂

  • Geordie Jayne

    Sep 24, 2008 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #29

    Ed, I also agree with your article 100 percent.

    And if anyone believes anything they read in the chronicle they are mad – (KK pulled the plug on Skjelbred deal)

    It is yet another smear campaign on KK yet again.

    Lam – bi – Arse is an absolute disgrace, he has been put in charge of the club and is making a right hash of it and I don’t think he cares one bit.

    I also agree – if you don’t like Ed’s perspective on NUFC or any articles he writes don’t come on here – IT IS A BLOG and IT IS ED’s.

    Do you own Blog if you don’t like it

  • Geordie Jayne

    Sep 24, 2008 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #30

    lol @ Karltoon

  • Geordie Jayne

    Sep 24, 2008 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #31

    @ Lesh – Wise, Jimanez: why not do what any self respecting businessmen would do when they’ve presided over a complete debacle – resign, get out, sling your hooks……. will you!!

    You are spot on m8 – but the thing with these idiots including Lam- bi – Arse is that they would not resign as they would lose their huge salaries, That’s one thing I like about KK – he says sod the money, I am not working with these fools

  • ronjohno

    Sep 24, 2008 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #32

    Just a thought: Llambias is a West Ham supporter and the rest of the hierarchy (not Wise who is for Chelsea)) are dyed in the wool Tottenham supporters.
    So will they really give a Damn about our results against these teams.
    I have no doubt Ashley will be laying some anonymous bets today.
    Regarding that report in the Chron last night about Skelbred if true then KK must have had valid reasons.
    I also dont see why KK should get all the blame for the scouting system: surely an allegedly big club should have a scouting network in place regardless of who the manager is.
    In any case I would bet not many clubs have this scouting utopia.

  • Geordie Jayne

    Sep 24, 2008 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #33

    Re: Keegan – One things that always puzzles me is that people SOME people seem to think that Keegan won’t play young ones.

    I think Keegan would play young ones with a mix of experience alongside.

    Was it not Keegan who played Lee Clarke, Stevie Watson, Robbie Elliot, who came through our Youth system?????

  • Toon Chicken

    Sep 24, 2008 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #34

    Here we go again – the stories in the paper that show Keegan in a bad light are all falsifications.

    Yet the stories that make Ashley out to be the devil incarnate are all absolutely true.

  • iain

    Sep 24, 2008 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #35

    the story of nufc since mort left.

    never mind big companies good communication should be the basis for pretty much any business regardless of size.

  • lesh

    Sep 24, 2008 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #36

    Geordie Jayne // Sep 24, 2008 at 9:08

    Totally agree and their greed and selfishness is what seems to be becoming more and more prevalent in business….. bollox to the customers…. allegiance to the owner/ shareholders etc etc.

    Customers? They don’t appear to understand the meaning ofthe word!!

    Wise, Llambias – I’d love to be able to give you your P45s – better still, just post ’em to you both without any explanation.

  • Bill F

    Sep 24, 2008 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #37

    We have bought a lot of good (?) youngsters, but how many of them are getting a chance to step up. Apart from Edgar who was on the books before Ashley and co. they lanquish in the reserves or lower teams with only the very rare runout. KK seemed to prefer the more experienced but often less effective older players (do I need to mention them) where an infusion of the younger talent may have been more successful (it didn’t happen so we don’t know). Under the present or recent regime I cannot see us ever emulating Arsenal so the plan aint working anyway, even with the injuries the reserve teams should be doing better, imo.

  • k k forever

    Sep 24, 2008 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #38

    spot on geordie jayne sum ov this lot have short memoreys

  • k k forever

    Sep 24, 2008 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #39

    the young ones wot we got now arnt realy good enough apart from a couple

  • Ericles

    Sep 24, 2008 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #40

    Geordie Jane you are beautiful. I agree with everything you say. The whole behaviour of the board is a bucket full of contempt, ignorance, and arrogance. Not just to the fans, but also to the players, coaches, KK, and the City of Newcastle itself. Our club has the freedom of the city and the board is holding that honour in contempt. These spivs and wideboys destroying our club must be run out of toon asap. That sleazy arse Wise has seen the inside of more court rooms than Barton I bet! Can one be arrested for sabotaging a football club?


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