The Sunday Sun is reporting this morning that Newcastle United will look for a new football administrator.
Mike Ashley – looking for Senior Administrator at Newcastle
It’s someone with a lot of experience in running a football club, to help more effectively run Newcastle.
Administrator is a strange title, because generally the Chairman is someone who has that experience, but of course currently we have Managing Director Derek Llambias playing that role, and he has no experience at all in how to run a football club.
It seems the new position would be in the day to day running of the club, and would certainly not be a Director of Football type, and the position wouldn’t have any say on the playing side of things, where Mike Ashley seems to be giving Chris Hughton full control.
Having seen Chris handle the players and the team so well in his first season in management, it’s hardly surprising that Ashley has gained some considerable confidence in Chris – certainly that’s true with the fans – who seem to be looking forward to next season with a quiet confidence that we can hold our own with the big boys.
One duty the administrator would have would be to help in the transfer market, and presumably deal with the financial side of the transfer and with the wages of players.
That’s something managers shouldn’t have to deal with and have little experience in, and the administrator seem like a Director level position at the Newcastle Club.
We think this would be a good move, because Ashley has brought in Chris Mort and Derek Llambias to essentially act as Chairman of the Newcastle club, yet neither have had one iota of experience in football.
Apparently David Pleat performed a similar administrator type role at Nottingham Forest when Colin Calderwood was manager there, and it could be this recommendation is coming from Chris and Colin.
But the best thing to do would probably be to look for an experienced Chairman for the Newcastle club, and bring him in to run the club.
Someone with both experience, ability and a good football man is what we need – and then Derek Llambias can depart the club and go into a business he’s more suited for.
What do you think?