There Is A Disturbing Disharmony At Newcastle Club

Burnley chief Brendan Flood has criticized the Board of Newcastle United this morning.

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Brendan  Flood – good words about what doesn’t work in football

Burnley’s millionaire director Brendan Flood has said he will fully back manager Owen Coyle in the transfer market this summer, and in his first extensive interview, the Manchester-based businessman and life-long Burnley fan told the Lancashire Telegraph his blueprint for the future at Turf Moor.

Flood believes good housekeeping and a harmonious dressing room are vital tools to have if you are to be successful.

And as part of that interview he also identified what doesn’t work at a football club, and the example he picked was the disastrous relegation season of Newcastle United as a good example of what doesn’t work.

Flood said:

“When you see clubs falling apart, Newcastle for example, most people would lay the blame at Mike Ashley’s door.”

“He has probably mis-managed the club in a sense and that has drifted down to the players. There is a lot of disharmony there.”

“It is about getting the belief and the stability at the top, getting a positive way of thinking, getting people who surround the players and make them feel good about being there.”

“The players feel happy to be at this club. The lads deserve the chance to show what they can do in the Premier League.”

It’s hard top disagree with Brendan on that because of course he’s absolutely right, andf it’s pointless trying to defend the Magpies against real facts. Only gossip newpapers venture into that spider’s web. 😀

But to be fair to Alan Shearer, that’s exactly what he was trying to do, to bring back the joy and passion into the dressing room in the last 8 games of the season, but wasn’t able to to do that fully before time ran out and we were relegated.

But it showed last season with the more experienced Kevin Keegan, that it takes some time to turn a club around as he realized last year, when it took 10 games to get his first win, but then after that we went on a nice roll, with the players regaining their confidence.

We hope that’s what Alan will do next season, and in the summer if he ever gets the chance.

And if  he is appointed Newcastle manager and gets the lads winning again, that will soon bring back the spirit and joy on the streets of Newcastle Upon Tyne, and crowds at St. James’ Park will rise, Championship football or not.

Then  the last two years will simply become a nightmare from which we woke up, recovered and actually put it behind us, well behind us. 😀

Comments welcome.

20 comments so far

  • komfort

    Jun 19, 2009 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #1

    ed , the club is a big part of AS life and he just wants to see it right .. and i think he can do it.

  • stk85

    Jun 19, 2009 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #2

    alan shearer is that person to unite the club and everyone connected to nufc will feel proud to work for him

  • Graeme

    Jun 19, 2009 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #3

    Ed, the club has been in chaos since the day Ashley sacked Fat Sam with NO replacement lined up and NO plan “B”!! We have lurched from one crisis to another.

    He has been a complete and utter disaster at the club; the only successsful thing he has managed is to destroy the club he bought. In fact he reminds me of Ceaser – playing the fiddle while Rome burned.

    A shocking example of how not to do things.

  • antz1uk

    Jun 19, 2009 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #4

    i thought burnley manager was Owen Coyle Ed?

    come on Ed, lets have a bit less speed on thesse articles! lol

  • komfort

    Jun 19, 2009 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #5

    aye tg , if you said to someone you’ve got 2 years to wreck the club i dont think he could have done a better job…

    cant wait to see the back of him and his mate..

  • komfort

    Jun 19, 2009 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #6

    infact i’d like to give them a lift to the airport with a right uppercut..

  • Rangerman

    Jun 19, 2009 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #7

    We’ll see how well his positive thinking does them next season.


    Jun 19, 2009 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #8

    I think it is needed to be positive! But this rightly needs to start at the top…and it isn’t helpful if you never see the owner – or the persons who run the club for him!!!

    To run a football club without beeing in the toon isn’t really working, except when your chairman is sitting in toon to work with the manager closely!

  • chuck

    Jun 19, 2009 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #9

    Brendan Flood is doing no more than stating the obvious.
    We the fans who have followed the gradual deterioration of the club from day one ,are well aware of what has taken place.
    There are conflicting opinions, as to some of the why`s and wherefores, but in general it was the result of missmanagement by ownership in chosing the wrong people to run the club.
    For this club to regain a place in the top levels of the game, there has to be very carefull decisions
    made asto who to install at both the top level (business manager and the board) with a sound business plan and a team manager (preferably one with a track record) who can impliment that plan (looks like it`s going to be Shearer)
    Hopfully the new owner(s) will make fewer rash decisions than MA, or we may continue on that same slippery slope.

  • Tel

    Jun 19, 2009 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #10

    Nero fiddled whilst rome burnt, hence nero burning software.

  • Whumpie

    Jun 19, 2009 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #11

    I think Burnley will be my prem team next season when I’m watching MOTD. Love an underdog, me – and that bloke talks sense, albeit obvious sense.

    I think football clubs are no different from any other organisation: they will reflect the abilities and attitudes at the top right down to the bottom. That’s why we’ve been rubbish at football for 2 years: because there is nobody – NOBODY – on the board who knows a jot about running a premiership club.

    Big Al is the right man, I believe – but he can only succeed if he has the right people above him, and that has to include an experienced, intelligent (and preferably Newcastle-linked) football man on the board.

    Hey – it could happen.

  • Bill F

    Jun 19, 2009 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #12

    I believe Owen Coyle is going to Celtic, as for Flood he may well be right but I get just a little Pi$$ed off at all of these outsiders who seem to want to have a pop at us, well intentioned or not!!
    Let them concentrate on their own clubs.

  • batty

    Jun 19, 2009 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #13

    bill f coyle has just signed a new contract m8

  • GatesheadMag

    Jun 19, 2009 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #14

    Aye he has Batty. Is Mowbray being sacked already? lol

  • batty

    Jun 19, 2009 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #15

    GatesheadMag i had to check i wasnt on an old thread m8 lol

  • Bill F

    Jun 19, 2009 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #16

    I thought I saw it somewhere re Celtic, oh well I don’t really care, more interested in what is happening to us!

  • Tom_Toon

    Jun 20, 2009 at 1:51 AM

    Comment #17

    Keep up Bill!

  • belza09

    Jun 20, 2009 at 4:23 AM

    Comment #18

    hi guys long time reader first time writer…..firstly thought Owen Coyle was Burnley Manager not Steve Cotterill, also Bill F Tony Mowbray went to Celtic which leaves West Brom (our first fixture) managerless hey just like us Owen Coyle signed new 3 year deal with Burnley. Incidently and I know this goes back a few days but the story about dix telling some employee to pass on message to Cashley (MA) ….thought they were good friends – if so why need to pass on message and not just call him???????? hey and what about these bonuses… my work if I under perform I get sod all!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Tom_Toon

    Jun 21, 2009 at 3:35 PM

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jun 21, 2009 at 3:35 PM

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