Alastair Campbell has today lifted the lid on Tony Blair’s thoughts about the Newcastle United crisis.
Tony Blair – this is what you need to do Mike – say something – please!
Tony Blair may be the most famous Newcastle supporter, and although he was born in Edinburgh in 1953, he spent quite a bit of his childhood in Durham, England, where his father lectured at Durham University.
Even at that age Tony showed good decisions, and obviously didn’t fancy Sunderland much – good move. 😀
His former right-hand man Campbell has revealed Mr Blair put the blame for the current predicament of the club firmly at the feet of owner Mike Ashley – and also the fans.
Campbell made the comments this morning on Metro Radio’s breakfast show to host Tony Horne.
He talked about how Tony thought he could do a job for Ashley:
“Alastair, I mean you must with a wry smile look on at the fallen Toon giants and everything that’s gone on there. Could you do a job for Mike Ashley?”
“I think it would be hard. The thing about this whole thing that people go on about spin and communications, and all the rest of it, in the end it’s about trying to convey a reality.”
“Funnily enough I was talking to TB – Tony Blair, a while back and he said something really really, I thought insightful, about what’s gone on at Newcastle.”
“He said the normal situation with the football club is that you have the guys on the board who do the money, you have the manager who runs the club – he runs the team, you have the players who play, and you have the fans who support the team.”
“He said what’s gone on at Newcastle, is that the fans want to be the manager, the owner wants to be a fan, the players haven’t got a manager, and the players don’t quite know where they are.”
“And I think that’s a fair summation of a not very happy situation. Mind you they are doing OK at the moment.”
Blair’s former strategist will be taking part in this weekend’s Great North Run and raising money for Leukaemia Research on Sunday.
He said that improving the PR situation at the club was even beyond his abilities.
Well I guess it’s a tough job, but the first thing the new PR guy could do is to talk to the fans and tell them what they are trying to do.
And that’s hardly rocket science. – and that alone would be a huge step forward from what Ashley has done.
He’s completlely ignored his fans (customers) and his players (employees) – and that alone explains why he has been a catastrophic disaster at Newcastle.