Ashley And Llambias Realize They Have Made Mistakes

Alan Pardew has made quite a few statements today pertaining to Mike Ashley and the running, or lack thereof,  of the Newcastle club.

Ashley and LLambias – have made mistakes on Tyneside – big ones

Pardew is a good communicator, and speaks every day to the local Newcastle press, but we wish either Mike Ashley or Derek Llambias were as forthcoming as Alan is.

But their policy is not to speak to the Newcastle fans, and that even seems to be even annoying Pardew just a little bit.

This is what Alan told the Daily Mirror today:

“They do realize they have made mistakes – Mike and Derek in particular. They want to build the club and make it the best they can under this regime.”

“My brief is to sign younger players that carry value, and have the club on stable footing.” “As a manager, and fans, we want the best team we can get. My job is to pressure Mike and Derek to give me the best opportunity they can.”

“There should be more communication,” “I am not a sound-bite for Mike or Derek. I manage here to the best of my ability.”

“In terms of the size of the club and the demands of being manager here, I have expected it. It is a difficult place to manage – we were just promoted and we want a successful year.”

“The low point has been the sale of Andy Carroll – a very difficult week – and this last period where we have had injuries, suspensions and interruptions to getting over the line. We have not relaxed – we are a bit tense. The squad have been terrific in welcoming us in.”

“If you look at the investment Spurs have put in to get to the Champions League and be in a successful position, if they get knocked out and also finish fifth, one or two of their players will be up for grabs.”

“Getting there is very difficult, but you see Birmingham winning a trophy this year, and I came close at West Ham. You can get a trophy under your belt.”

“This next period of home games gives us a great chance. Wolves, West Brom and Birmingham come here – and we get Manchester United here days after a tough FA Cup semi-final.” “It is important the mood in the stadium is important. The fans need to make the stadium as positive as they can.”

It’s interesting that Alan says he’s not a sound bite for Mike or Derek – so who is?

We just have to hope that Alan keeps up the good communication with Newcastle fans, so we get some idea as to where the club is headed, but we do have to secure our safety in the Premier League first.

Wolves will be without their star striker Kevin Doyle for anywhere from four to eight weeks after he damaged his knee ligaments, playing for Ireland last weekend.

He will be definitely be out of the Newcastle game this Saturday, so you would think Wolves will have an even more difficult time to score against Newcastle. We wish.

And news today that Wolves will get no compensation at all for the Irish FA.   It turns out that England and Scotland are the only home countries who pay compensation to clubs who have their players injured while on International duty.

And that was started of course after then Chairman Freddy Shepherd pestered the English FA over compensation when Michael Owen was injured at the World Cup in Germany, back in 2006, when he injured his ACL (knee), and was out for all but the last few games of the following season.

If you remember Michael had been unavailable in the 2005-2006 season for months before the World Cup, and it seemed to many that Owen thought playing for England was more important than playing for Newcastle , who paid his ridiculously high wages of around £110K/week.

And in his first two full seasons on Tyneside, Michael appeared only 14 times for Newcastle.

Wolves on Saturday is a very important game for Newcastle, and if the lads play like they did at Stoke City, Wolves will score, but only because of Newcastle’s woeful defending.

That’s one key to the game this Saturday, that the Newcastle defense get back to their senses, and start defending as though their lives depended on it.

Certainly Newcastle’s place in the Premier League does depend on it.

Comments welcome.

15 comments so far

  • boonarmy

    Mar 29, 2011 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #1

    really excited about saturday i can feel the first home win at 3 ‘o’ clock for a long time. That will ease the pressure for sure

  • MarkO

    Mar 29, 2011 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #2

    Pardew is really annoying just says everything to support Ashley and never the truth, can he concentrate on the game we have on saturday please no wonder were loosing when all hes doing is interviews about Ashley all day

  • Sir Erec

    Mar 29, 2011 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #3

    Pardew is just trying to communicate with the fans. We’ve had so many people complain about lack of communication and yet when there is its also a problem. It’s not like he’s been skipping training to go do a tiny interview.

  • Stuart

    Mar 29, 2011 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #4

    Well said Erec.

    What do you want MarkO, everyone complains when theres no communication, AP is trying to be the bridge between the fat man and us so we actually know whats going on.

  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 29, 2011 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #5

    but keep making them by appointing Pardwho.

  • geordiekris

    Mar 29, 2011 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #6

    some people are never happy lol

    both pardew and ashley have the chance to show they are commited to improving the club this summer (which am sure they are otherwise they wouldnt be scouting all over europe)

    so until we should reserve judgement and get behind the team to spur the lads on


  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 29, 2011 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #7

    pardwho’s communication is just a self serving vehicle for his ego, he can’t get enough of it. he loves the attention. he’s the ultimate media whore. what if anything of what he says has any factual value ?

  • JSYproject

    Mar 29, 2011 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #8

    rotonda i feel the about your comments.

  • Davies

    Mar 29, 2011 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #9

    I know what you mean MarkO. I hate it when the club communicates with the fans. Especially when it’s good news. Really anmoying.

  • MacToon

    Mar 29, 2011 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #10

    My brief is to sign younger players that carry value”

    Yep, value that will be carried onto profit like Bassong, Carroll, HBA etc…….

    It’s blinding obvious to me, we will only get players in if there is a profit to be made.

  • Sir Erec

    Mar 29, 2011 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #11

    Lads, of course we are supposed to sign young players that carry value.

    There is no sense in signing a youngster who is not significantly better than what we have in our own academy. Signing young players is controversial enough these days with all the ‘slavery’ hype, so we might as well make sure we sign up talented players who will actually add to the squad and look to challenge for the first team in a decent amount of time.

  • chuck

    Mar 29, 2011 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #12

    Someone should perhaps explain to Ashley there`s a valid reason for clubs having PR departments.
    Mainly to deseminate news (good news or deny bad or false news) perhaps he should hire some PR guys, cause otherwise he`s paying those in place por nada!
    As for Pardner, the less he says, the smarter he appears!

  • MacToon

    Mar 29, 2011 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #13

    As for Pardner, the less he says, the smarter he appears!


  • BarcelonaMag

    Mar 29, 2011 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #14

    Didn’t we have someone who was appointed as “media manager” or something? If I remember rightly, she was called Wendy (don’t knwo her surname). She seems to have disappeared -ot not to have appeared at all.

  • cupiddstunt

    Mar 29, 2011 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #15

    JSYproject @ #8 I think you have a very valid point there, as rh’s comments have even less factual value.

    Mactoon @ # 10 So your suggestion is what???? We go out and buy players who are at the top of their value and only lose value from the moment we buy them?

    It makes sound business sense to look to improve the value of all your purchases where ever possible.


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