It would appear the situation at Newcastle is starting to look every much like it did immediately after Kevin Keegan left over two years ago, but this time around the senior players at the club are not keeping quiet about things.
Derek LLambias – huge row with Newcastle senior players
A demonstration is being planned before the Liverpool game to protest Mike Ashley’s continued ownership at the club, given his rash decision to sack Chris Hughton last Monday, and then appoint Alan Pardew yesterday.
In what was called a clear the air meeting Derek Llambias, who amazingly shunned the press conference with Alan Pardew yesterday – is he scared to explain things to the press – had an angry meeting with the Newcastle senior players, who included captain Kevin Nolan and Joey Barton.
That confrontation has been reported to have turned into a loud shouting match between the players and the Managing Director – who has been a disaster at Newcastle United, after he replaced the amiable and likeable Chris Mort in May of 2008.
Alan Pardew had talks immediately afterwards with the club captain, Kevin Nolan, to try to calm things down, and it’s interesting that yesterday, Kevin Nolan had been pinpointed as being the key man, as Newcastle captain, to show some leadership to the rest of the playing squad.
But it would appear that Kevin seems more upset with things than anybody.
And yes, we know, the owner has made another two huge mistakes – once again – and turned the fans even more against him than they already were.
But last night’s news hardly gives anybody a warm feeling that all is OK right now within the Newcastle playing squad, and we know it definitely isn’t OK with the fans.
Apart from that everything is great.
If Alan Pardew cannot get the squad calmed down and together tomorrow, Newcastle could well be taken to the cleaners by Liverpool on Saturday, who will obviously see the mess at Newcastle as a great opportunity to get another 3 points, and climb the league further at the Magpies’ expense.
Pardew said this yesterday:
“It is obvious the players and the fans had a great amount of respect for Chris Hughton, and the fact he has gone has caused a stir.”
“People are upset about it and the problem I’ve got initially is with the players and making sure I get my message across with clarity and quickly.”
“I hope they don’t carry any resentment towards me. I’ve contacted Kevin Nolan,and I will be speaking to all the players tomorrow – Friday. It’s been quite difficult.”
“I can’t think of a player in the group that I’ve managed before, so I’m going to be something of a mystery to them. I have to make sure the players understand I’m a fair manager.”
“It’s a tough challenge. I need to make sure there isn’t a massive impact on the team. Obviously this week there has been an impact on them, and that is not good for any group of players. “
“It’s important I bring some stability back to the dressing room and calm their fears.”
Alan Pardew is due to hold a team meeting tomorrow, and that should be very interesting, and he will then conduct the training session following that meeting. What was that about Alan having some trepidation when he was driving up to Newcastle about taking on this job?
We can only hope that calmer heads prevail today, and prevail quickly, but if things don’t calm down we can kiss 3 points against Liverpool goodbye, and the Liverpool club must be thinking it’s already Christmas with the Tyneside club again seemingly in a state of complete and utter disarray.
If the players don’t bother to turn up on Saturday, or even have their minds elsewhere, then Newcastle will lose the game, maybe even heavily, and it will then be only 2 points out of a possible 18 points in our last 6 games – which is not good.
Alan had these final words last night about the player confrontation with Llambias:
“It is not something I want and I certainly hope it doesn’t last too long. But if there is a protest for Chris in terms of a nice protest and fans wanting to show him their support then I don’t have a problem with that. That is their right.”
“But I hope that anything like that is over with quickly and they start supporting their team. I hope the protest is channeled into supporting the team. It is not about me after all, it is about the club.”
“And we are going to need a lot of help to get past Liverpool who have just hit a bit of form.”
If the Newcastle players are going to have a mini uprising against Pardew tomorrow – and we hope that doesn’t happen – that’s going to be bad news for our chances of getting anything out of the game tomorrow.
What a mess the club seems to be in once again and when will this stuff ever end?
As we said, we have to hope that calmer heads prevail quickly, but we don’t see many of those around at the moment.
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