Alan Pardew seems a reasonable enough down to earth guy, and certainly he has impressed most of the senior players at the club, with both his coaching and man-management skills.
Better communication from these two would be good start
After some bad defeats he has been very level-headed, and we heard last week that he is very very positive about most things at Newcastle and it gets to be infectious on the training ground.
And we have to think that Alan is more than perturbed at the way Mike Ashley is perceived by most Newcastle fans, and at the risk of sounding like a broken records, Mike could help himself big time if he would only talk to the Newcastle fans.
If Mike would only come out every four weeks or so, and say what’s happening at the club, and verify the long term plan, and things like that, even if it’s Derek LLambias writing it on his behalf, then it would help him enormously with Newcastle fans.
But since he refuses to do that, he is facing the consequences, and some of those are that the Newcastle fans hardly know the man and certainly don’t like him.
Alan Pardew is trying to speak for Mike it seems, over the last couple of weeks, and he has come out today and even praised Ashley, which can be dangerous. 😀
Pardew says by helping keep the good players in Tyneside two years ago, and maintaining a massive wage bill of £47M, Mike was the prime mover in helping Newcastle bounce straight back up – and that could even be close to the truth.
And today the club is in a very healthy 9th position in the league, and Newcastle even have a decent chance to finish in the top ten come the end of the season – and let’s be honest – that would be great!.
This is what Alan Pardew said today:
“You have to say, and the figures last week back this up, that Mike Ashley put his neck out two years ago after relegation in the Championship year to keep the big players.”
“That has proved to be a really sound decision because most clubs, quite rightly, run for the hills a little bit.” “We did at Charlton. We had no backer like Mike, no chance.”
“The damage is irreparable and you can see yourself go through the division like Charlton, Sheffield Wednesday and a number of clubs have.” “That was a bold decision by Mike and Derek on this occasion that perhaps went a little bit unrecognized.”
“On reflection, I think maybe in two or three years time, if things have gone well for us, suddenly it might be seen as a very positive thing that Mike did. I believe it was.”
The other side of the argument is that it was Mike Ashley’s stupid decisions surrounding Dennis Wise, and the fact that he allowed Kevin Keegan to leave the club in September of 2008, that started the complete and embarrassing mess at the club – which finally ended up in relegation.
To be fair to the owner, Ashley has since said he made massive mistakes at the club.
If Newcastle do have some success in the future and Ashley is seen to be trying to build a good team that can indeed get into Europe every season, things may calm down and alter a bit in terms of the Newcastle fans’ feelings towards him.
But lack of communication, let’s make that no communication – is the worst thing he can do – if he wants to get the fans on his side, and behind him in building up the club again.
And everybody know that intuitively, but is anybody at the club listening?
It certainly doesn’t seem so.