Bobby Moncur has his piece in the Evening Chronicle today, and some of it is a little surprising.
Mike Ashely with Derek LLambias – tell the fans what the 5 year plan is?
But what Bobby is saying could have a steadying effect on the club, and that’s of course what we all want after the shock of losing Chris Hughton.
But it looks like with the considerable help of the players, and a very sensible approach being taken by the new boss, Alan Pardew in more than difficult circumstances, and not least the great 3-1 win against Liverpool last Saturday – things have calmed down considerably on Tyneside over the last week.
It’s just a pity we couldn’t have smashed Birmingham on Saturday – but it wasn’t to be. 😀
This is some of what Bobby said today:
“I like that Alan Pardew has come in and he hasn’t started ripping things apart, he’s maintained a level of continuity and that is important.”
“He knows Andy Carroll can get the goals and he’s obviously working on the supply line.”“He only needs to add a few new bits and pieces to this team.”
“Then they will be more than capable of a respectable finish this season in their first season back in the Premier League.”
Bobby addressed the Chris Hughton affair and the fact the club must now quickly move on from that:
“I think what happened with Chris Hughton is over as far as the club is concerned, we won’t know all the finer points of it.”
“But now that things are calming down, I would think it would be a good PR exercise for Mike Ashley or Derek Llambias to come out and let the punters know what the plan is.”
“If they can’t afford big-name players or the budget for wages is small then now is the time to come out and kill all of the speculation.”
“If they have got a plan for the next five years – and Pardew signing for five years suggests that – then I don’t think they have any fear coming out and explaining what that plan is.”
“There have been mistakes made in the past. But in some ways you have to give credit where it is due.” “They have slashed the wage bill and there are no longer players sitting around picking up astronomical wages.”
“They haven’t followed the path of Portsmouth or Leeds or West Ham, they appear to be in good shape. That’s a big bonus.” “We’re all still here and the club is fighting for points on the Premier League stage.
“I’m happy that they have stabilized the club’s finances and they had to make some tough decisions to do it.”
Some positive words from Bobby for owner Mike Ashley there – which you don’t see very often.
The best of luck in getting Mike Ashley to say anything – and Derek LLambias said he would be more communicative with the press a while ago, but that seems to have dried up.
It seems the two of them have gone into that bunker mentality they followed after the Kevin Keegan affair – and it didn’t work then and it will not work now – much better to communicate with the Newcastle fan base.
The only time we remember Mike saying what his plans were for the Newcastle club was when Kevin Keegan had been sacked, and the fans had led demonstrations for him to sell up and get out of Toon.
And he then came out with that long statement, we remember it was about 9:30 pm on a Saturday night, and it was all about how he had heard from the fans and he would leave Toon and sell the club as soon as he could.
But then a few months later, after reports every Sunday that everybody and their mother were trying to buy the club, and just before the Liverpool game on Sunday, 28th December two years ago, he took the club off the market.
And we were then hammered 5-1 at home by Liverpool.
And some of the things he said in that statement even seemed to make some sense – and it was the first time he had ever communicated any detail of his plans to the Newcastle fans – and he’s done precious little since then..
Obviously Newcastle will build on youth, and will no longer spend huge amounts of money in the transfer market and on players’ wages.
But that doesn’t mean Newcastle cannot build the team into a force in the Premier League again, with so many of our youngsters threatening to come through big time – like Tim Krul and Nile Ranger – as only two examples.
Maybe Mike should give an update of his plans for the next five years, and put his thoughts on the Newcastle United web-site – so we support Bobby’s call for the Newcastle owner to do just that.