We don’t have to remind fans that the Newcastle club was down on its knees a short two years ago.
Alan Pardew – we’re not surprised he has a strained expression
At that time two years ago Newcastle didn’t have a manager, as Mike Ashley had elected not to keep Alan Shearer as manager, but he didn’t tell him that – and as usual Mike’s communication skills seemed non existent.
And when early July came around, the only real coach still at the club, Chris Hughton, who had done poorly in the previous relegation season when he was charge of the first team, took over, to the dismay of Newcastle fans.
Chris quickly brought back Colin Calderwood, who was initially on a weekly contract as Mike Ashley looked for a new manager.
And we all now know what happened in that season, after a less than great pre-season, when the lads were hammered 6-1 at Leyton Orient.
Newcastle had a player committee, and the Newcatsle hierarchy more than once was quoted in the press that season, as saying player power was too great at the club.
Newcastle fans expected this summer to be a rebuilding one, but it’s also looking like the club could lose Jose Enrique, Alan Smith, Joey Barton and captain Kevin Nolan before September rolls around.
Those were the players who stood up to be counted when the times were really bad, and many top players simply wanted to get out as quickly as they could.
We were amazed that Newcastle seem to have put a £6M price on their captain Kevin Nolan today, and Alan Smith was told a few days ago that he could leave on a free transfer, even though he has one year left on his contract.
Joey Barton wants to stay on Tyneside and see his contract out, but Newcastle will not offer him a new deal, and will try to unload him if a decent offer of around £5M is received this summer for him.
Jose Enrique will leave – and it’s almost certain that will happen, with the only question being which club will get him.
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has made it known he wants to keep Jose, Joey and Kevin on Tyneside, but he’s not running the club – he’s only the manager.
It seems that even though Dennis Wise has left the club, Mike Ashley and Derek LLambias have a huge say in who will be coming into Newcastle this summer.
It also appears they have a huge say in who will leave the club as well.
The transfer business on Tyneside is now done by committee – that committee being made up of Mike Ashley, Derek LLambias, club secretary Lee Charnley, Alan Pardew and Chief Scout Graham Carr
We do expect Newcastle to bring in some good players this summer, but it will be a risk if the club loses proven performers like Kevin Nolan, Joey Barton and Jose Enrique.
But it seems that may be happening, and owner Mike Ashley will do whatever he wants to at his club, and will act completely independent of what Newcastle fans want – no change there then.
Why there have been problems with the contracts of Joey Barton and Kevin Nolan we don’t know, but it seems once a player turns down a deal offered to them by the club – he;s history.
It seems that Mike Ashley is now running the club with almost an iron fist, and he will continue to do things his way.
That’s what happens when somebody unknown comes in and buys the club – it’s what Forrest Gump said – it’s like a box of chocolates – you don’t know what you are getting.
We think Mike Ashley has done well with the financial matters at the club in the last couple of seasons since we were relegated, but what’s he got against some of the players who have given their all for the club over the last two seasons?
Your guess is as good as mine, and this is the kind of quandary you get into, when the owner of the club refuses to say anything – we never know exactly what’s going on.
We wish somebody at the club – maybe that’s Alan Pardew – will come out and tell the fans what’s happening with Kevin Nolan, and why it seems he is being sold.
As you can see I am a little upset at the possibility that Kevin may be sold – and I don’t expect the view in this article to be a popular one.