So most Newcastle fans would have been shocked that when the news conference started yesterday, there was only one seat there behind the table and Derek Llambias didn’t even bother to turn up. Seems he was too scared.
Derek LLambias – a disgrace he was nowhere to be seen yesterday
One definition of courage – the quality of mind or spirit that enables a person to face difficulty, danger, pain, and the like without any fear.
That’s a decent definition, and it seems that Derek showed no courage yesterday whatsoever, because he would have had to answer some very difficult questions, the main one being – why Newcastle wanted a more experienced manager than Hughton.
The fact that when Chris was fired he had more points than experienced long term managers like Roy Hodgson, Avram Grant and Gerrard Houllier seem to give that reason very little weight.
And it would have been very uncomfortable for Derek, to be sure, but no he didn’t want to face the press – and that’s because it would seem he has little courage – and we’ll not even mention he has no skills or background at all to be in the position he’s in currently at the Newcastle club.
That hasn’t cost Derek his job of course, but lack of experience cost Chris his job, even though he had done a magnificent job for Newcastle over the last 16 months – something you cannot accuse LLambias of.
No – it was all left to Alan Pardew to take all the heat yesterday and he did well, but he had to answer questions that he had no right to be addressing for the club.
When you hold an executive position at a company there are many times you have to hold meetings, that you’d rather not be at, but it’s all part of the job and that’s one reason you get the big bucks.
Some of the most difficult meetings I had at IBM were to meet (should that be confront?) dissatisfied customers – as you are then the face of the company – at least to them – and you have to be prepared to get pummeled – because they are not happy for whatever reason.
It takes a certain amount of courage and guts to put yourself into those uncomfortable positions, and at least we were very pleased yesterday to see the new manager show some courage, and presumably lots of it.
Alan’s shown courage just to take the job of course, given the terrible conditions surrounding the Newcastle club once again.
But in closing, not only are the two leading executives at the club inept, but they also have shown no courage whatsoever to face up to what they have done this week.
Is it any wonder they are despised on Tyneside?