Rob Lee, who was one of Newcastle very best players under the first Keegan regime, has spoken out today about the Newcastle situation.
Rob Lee – while at Newcastle United
Rob Lee has talked about the Newcastle situation today:
“If Mike Ashley decides to sell then that’s fine but we are in a market now where it is very difficult to sell anything, let alone a football club for £300M, and crikey it’s going to take longer than people expect,”
“Maybe if Mike Ashley said, ‘Look, listen I don’t know a lot about football but I’ve had a year now looking at it and I got it all wrong and let’s have a clean sweep’ the fans would accept that because he’s held his hands up and they would say let’s start again.”
“But it’s now a matter of whether or not Mike Ashley wants to invest more money – because he will have to – or whether he just wants to get the club off his hands now.”
“I don’t think any manager worth his salt is going to tolerate anyone else buying their players,” “That is one thing that Kevin was very good at and if he’s not allowed to do that then you take away what he is about.”
“I admire what they did at Tottenham where Daniel Levy admitted ‘I got it wrong, totally wrong’ by letting someone else buy players for the manager. They’ve now resorted to the way it should be done with Harry Redknapp and he certainly wouldn’t accept that.”
We’re not sure it’s as easy as Rob suggests. For one thing if Mike held onto the club – who would be the new long term manager?
It’s unlikely that Kevin would return, and a few fans still hold Kevin culpable for walking out on the club a second time, even though he had every right to be upset at what was happening. But for the good of the club – was walking out the right thing to do.?
The club has paid dearly for the disagreement between the Board and Kevin – that’s the only real known fact.
We don’t know if Joe Kinnear is good enough, or if he could get us the success we all yearn for, but he could give Joe a shot through the end of the season. Of course what exactly will happen if he cannot sell the club is another matter, and that’s a lot more worrying, since that may mean there will be no transfer money in January – and that would be disastrous.
But if Mike does come back – he’ll also have to get rid of Wise and Llambias, and let the manager have total control of players.
No – it’s a thought, but we think things have gone too far down the road, and it seems that Kinnear is now carrying the club completely – with little help from anybody else. There’s still far too much bad blood with the way Ashley and the Board have conducted themselves, and the cavalier way they have treated the Geordie fans with disdain.
And it seems that Joe isn’t even privy to what is happening with the sale sale of the club – and he’s certainly in the shop window as far as opportunities to manage other teams go, now he has done well at Newcastle. It wouldn’t be a big surprise if Joe gets some plum job offer in the future for another club, and then what happens to Newcastle?
Mike Ashley coming back is a thought – but a bad one.