While only two players wanted to leave Newcastle in January, and really only one we didn’t want to lose, Mike Ashley has his work cut out before the end of this season to ensure more players don’t jump ship in the summer.
Ashley – must communicate, communicate and communicate some more
Shay Given revealed that the first time he spoke to Mike Ashley on his transfer was 26th January, and that was a full 4 weeks after his lawyer had issued the statement, following the 5-1 hammering by Liverpool, that Shay would review his options in the January transfer window.
Why Mike left it that long to just talk to the player is beyond us.
But it’s also a mystery why he doesn’t talk to the fans and the players in general – no communication is never good, and it’s difficult to over-communicate.
NUSC (Newcastle United Supportrs Club) have the best intentions of the club at heart, and they are rightly frustrated there has been no contact possible with the owner.
They are now caught between a rock and a hard place, so to speak, because they want to show their dissatisfaction with Ashley, but on the other hand don’t want to have any negative impact on the players, at this critical period of the season.
Why doesn’t Mike just sit down with five or six of the lads from NUSC, quietly, over a few pints of Newcastle Brown Ale, and talk to them for a couple of hours.
There can hardly be any harm in that – especially if Mike pays for the drinks. 😀
Mike just has to talk and be more visible, especially to the fans and the players, who are so important to the club.
If Mike is indeed to spend 3 days a week on Tyneside, as Joe Kinnear has said, that would be a good start, and he can take one of those nights to talk to a few of the fans, over a drink, as long as the fans can be calm and reasonable, and don’t attack him too much.
We’d also hoped that Mike would appoint Chris Mort as Chairman, but it seems Mike himself wants to get more involved at the club, and in the running of it, day to day.
But again this is an example of the lack of communication going on with the fans. Does he want to appoint Chris and Chris is not available, or does he want to take the Chairman duties on himself?
Whatever happens, it seems that 90% of the problems seem to be caused by Mike just not communicating at all.
It’s an easy problem to fix, when you think of it that way.
We hope Mike comes out of his shell, before it becomes too late to rectify the problems, because the very last thing we want is players like Oba Martins wanting to leave the club in the summer.
What do you think about this? Let us know, but please keep the language decent – thanks.