There’s some good news today that the often criticized Managing Director of Newcastle United, Derek LLambias, has been staying out of things and letting Alan Pardew and the players just get on with things this season.
Mike Ashley and Derek Llambias run Newcastle United
Newcastle’s in-form center-back Steven Taylor has praised Derek Llambias today, for helping sort out disagreements he had last year with the players, regarding their bonuses. They get bonuses on top of their huge wages?
A players’ delegation last season met with Llambias, and it included two senior players who have now left the club, Kevin Nolan and Joey Barton, and they felt they were due some bonuses they had not received.
And the disagreement was still going on in July, when manager Alan Pardew stepped in and helped to sort it out between the players and the Managing Director.
Apparently Llambias has given his word that there will be no such disagreements again this season, and this is how Steven Taylor explained the situation:
“Last season, you probably read about how the chairman Derek Llambias and the players couldn’t come to an agreement about bonuses,” “We had a bit of a divide between the chairman and the players last year. That doesn’t help.”
“At the start of this season we sat down with the gaffer and I think it’s important that you have the chairman on your side. He’s been great with us, sat us down and given the lads their bonuses for this season straight away.”
“He has just kept himself to himself, hasn’t bothered the players – has let us concentrate on the pitch and let the gaffer do his job. So that’s what you want, it’s been good for us this season.”
Since Mike Ashley and Derek LLambias have elected not to have regular communications with the fans, it’s probably best they keep a low key at the club.
But they must also make sure they support the manager and the players, and don’t interfere with the playing side of the club, which is Alan Pardew’s responsibility.
While we wish it were different and there was much better communications between the Board and the fans, , that’s the way they have decided to run the Newcastle club, but since there seems some success coming this season, it’s also important they don’t mess things up.
As Steven Taylor has indicated, things need to be run smoothly at Newcastle, so that Alan Pardew and his coaches and the players, can get on with the business of becoming a good side, which they seem to have been doing so far this season.
And that has to be good.