Alan Pardew has said in a Daily Mail interview today, that he will delay any contract discussions until the summer.
What does this man want to do with Newcastle?
What’s the plan and what’s the vision?
Those negotiations are with top players, Joey Barton, Jose Enrique and Jonas Gutierrez and are on hold until the summer.
And it seems the three of them want to see what Newcastle do with the £35M the club got from Andy Carroll in January, before they sign anything new at the Newcastle club.
We don’t think it’s specifically Alan’s decision to delay the contract discussions, but it would appear the Newcastle players now, as well as the fans, have no idea what Mike Ashley wants to do with the Newcastle club.
Does he want to keep selling top players so the financial side of the club is good, or does he really want to build a good side that can challenge for trophies again, over the next couple of seasons?
We already think that Jose has had enough of the goings on at Newcastle, and will leave in the summer.
And since Mike never says anything, it’s always difficult to know exactly what he thinks, but there’s no doubt that the sale of Andy Carroll produced some significant rumblings within the playing squad, that’s now becoming very clear.
It was not only the Newcastle fans who were astonished at the club selling Andy on the very last day of the transfer window, and not bringing in any suitable replacement.
It’s bad enough that Ashley has terrible relations with the Newcastle fans, who are his customers after all, but it’s very serious if his aloofness and inability to effectively communicate, is now affecting some top Newcastle players wanting to stay at the club.
That’s a serious problem, if it’s true.
What’s so difficult with an owner coming out and saying what his vision is for the club is , or even at least talking to the Newcastle fans about what’s going on at the club, and what he plans to do in the summer transfer window?
Not speaking regularly with the Newcastle fans has been Mike’s biggest continuing mistake at the club, and he’s made some massive mistakes in the way he has run the club over these last nearly four years, by his own admission.
And that’s one reason a short two years after he had bought the club, the impossible happened, and Newcastle were relegated.
Having four managers in that relegation season didn’t help much either, but just shows that Mike didn’t seem to have a clue about what he should be doing, and didn’t have enough experienced football people around him to tell him what to do.
In December of 2009, when Ashley finally took the club off the market, Derek LLambias came out and said it had been a mistake for them to take a siege mentality, and not communicate over the previous four months, since Kevin Keegan had been sacked.
And Derek added at that time, that from now on they would be in regular communication with the Newcastle fans.
And that did happen, but only for a couple of months before everything dried up again.
We have to hope Ashley’s lack of communication skills is not having an adverse impact on good players wanting to stay on Tyneside, because if it is, that’s a serious problem for the club.