Mike Ashley is coming in for considerable criticism in the way he is letting the Newcastle club lurch into yet another crisis, as the club is without a manager and any leadership, and yet pre-season training will start in 3 weeks time.
Mike Ashley – what’s his plan for the next 3 weeks?
We think Mike thinks he can sit on the fence until a new owner comes in, but it’s now getting obvious that he will be forced to bring in a new manager – and fans will hope that’s Alan Shearer, who is an extremely popular choice on Tyneside, especially with the mess the club is now in, and it’s got a lot worse since we were relegated two weeks ago.
The only other choice would be Joe Kinnear – but we wouldn’t put it past Ashley to bring in Joe, but that would cause complete uproar on Tyneside.
Mark Jensen is editor of fanzine The Mag, and after the club put a notice up to would-be buyers this morning to send an email to the club, if they are interested in buying, has come out and said that move is consistent with Mike Ashley just not having a clue.
“They would have been better off putting on something saying, ‘We are clueless’, that’s literally what it amounts to.” “It just reflects the urgent need for leadership at the club both on and off the pitch.”
“It’s clear that on the pitch, the leadership can be given by Alan Shearer in terms of sorting out the football side of things.” “With Alan Shearer in charge, it would not be just about what he can do as a manager, but he can be a person everybody can rally behind and start to rebuild the club.”
“The sharp end of things is that there are only three weeks until the players are back for pre-season training, and the season starts on August 8.” “It would be urgent in any other circumstances, but with the predicament we find ourselves in, every day that goes by, as Alan Shearer has said himself, targets are missed and all the rest of it.”
“The especially frustrating thing is that if Alan Shearer was not an option, it would be a totally different situation.” “But he is there ready and waiting, he wants to do the job and there’s a chance to start to put things right which is just not being taken.”
“After all the terrible decisions Ashley has taken, he is not willing to take one that could get the work started.”
It’s hard to argue with Mark, given the facts and the history of Mike Ashley at the Newcastle club. There will be books written about his tenure on Tyneside, about how not to run a football club, and we have to think his ridiculous decisions at the club will hurt his business image. We’ve been singularly unimpressed with his business acumen.
If he was in any real business he would have been sacked by now, but since he’s the owner, he has been able to go from one crisis to the next, without a break it seems. He’s been like a CEO these last two years, taking a business into bankruptcy – and it’s nothing to do with the world economic situation – he didn’t need that.
It’s getting a little hard to understand what Mike is doing – or thinks he is doing, but surely he realizes someone has to be appointed Newcastle manager soon, so that real work can start, or else nothing will get done.
Are we missing something here?
Or is it that Mike is missing something?