One thing that you should never do is criticize your employees, at least not in public.
Jose Enrique – to tweet or not to tweet
And now that twitter is available, it’s going to be like a golden chalice for the gossip press, as some of the tweets coming from some of our top footballers will make big news instantly, and usually for all the wrong reasons - just great for the gossip press in England.
That’s what happened when Jose Enrique was leaving the plane that took the Newcastle squad to Columbus, Ohio on Sunday, and Jose criticized how the club was being run and the fact that Newcastle were letting their best players leave.
What he said could have been true, but you don’t criticize your employers in the open like that, and Jose should have gone to see Alan Pardew or talked to Mike Ashley about his concerns.
We have similar concerns that Andy Carroll, Kevin Nolan, Jose himself and maybe even Joey Barton could all have left the club by September, and Newcastle are not bringing in enough new players, at least not so far this summer.
Jose is entering the final year of his five year contract on Tyneside, and this is what manager Alan Pardew told The Sun earlier today:
“Jose was wrong to put those comments up and I told him,”
“It’s a good offer which we have given him and maybe the frustration of the situation got the better of him.”
“I want him to stay, he’s a good lad but this didn’t reflect well on him.”
“It was a mistake, he knows it and so do I.”
Apparently Jose was also fined around £100K.
Enrique has been linked with a possible move to Liverpool for about three months now, and also Arsenal may be interested.
But the nightmare scenario for Newcastle has to be that he stays on Tyneside in his last year, and then leaves as a free agent next summer, and that could still be possible if no decent bids come in for the player this summer.
Something almost as bad as that is if the left-back is sold on the last day of this transfer window, and there is not enough time left to bring in a replacement.
That’s just exactly what happened with local lad Andy Carroll in January, and we would hope the club will learn from their past mistakes.
We’ll know soon enough.