Alan Pardew has today admitted that the adversarial relationship between Mike Ashley and the Newcastle fans is problematic.
Mike Ashley – no communication equals big problem
It seems that since Pardew has been at Newcastle these last nine months, he has also had words with Managing Director Derek Llambias more than once.
Pardew is not particularly upbeat in today’s People about owner Mike Ashley:
“I love the people and I think they have been great to me. Hopefully, I can repay them with the squad I have.”
“But I don’t think the owner’s relationship with the fans helps – I think that’s obvious. There’s nothing I can say or do that will improve that.”
“It’s important that Derek hears from me the message from the fans and I’ve made it perfectly clear to him how important that is.”
“We’ve exchanged words and then we have to put it right and make sure we work together to move forward.”
“Hopefully, over the next three or four years, if we bring some success to the club, maybe that can be looked at in a different light, but certainly not in the short term.”
The biggest problem between the fans and the two men at the top, is there is absolutely no meaningful communication, and that’s always a problem – always.
That’s because in the vacuum of no communication, people (fans) will fill it with the worst possible scenarios, and that has happened in the four years that Ashley has owned Newcastle.
The club made a good move last week by offering to answer questions from the fans, and Derek LLambias came out with his answers to 14 fans’ questions yesterday, and while some of the answers were not great, it was much better than having no communication at all.
He will have received criticism for some of the answers, but the fact he was willing to communicate will have explained some things in a more positive light to fans.
And Llambias explained that one reason the two at the top don’t communicate much at all with the fans, is that when they do they get criticized even more.
Well isn’t that a shame – that’s a completely unacceptable and immature answer – and the two of them have to be bigger than that.
And they will both know that in this world, the higher you move up and the more successful you become, the more you will be criticized – it’s all part of the price you pay for being successful.
The most criticized man in America by far is Barrack Obama – and he’s the President.
But Mike Ashley shouldn’t have even bought Newcastle four years ago if he wasn’t willing to communicate with some of the most passionate fans that exist in the world of football.
The lack of communication from Mike Ashley in particular, has been a cancer on the relationship with the fans, and only he can fix that.
But it doesn’t seem like he ever wants to do that, and that’s a crying shame.