Well there seems to be some good things happening at Newcastle these days, and one of them, is that Managing Director Derek Llambias now seems fully behind the players.
Ashley and LLambias – more in tune with the players
Steven Taylor has talked about today, and certainly the squad is showing some of the best team spirit we’ve seen at Newcastle for a long long time.
And now the Board is also getting in on the act, and Derek LLambias even joined the squad for a Chinese meal last month, as a sign of the camaraderie that now exists at the Tyneside club.
Add to that the fact that Freddy Shepherd yesterday said that it’s time for Newcastle fans to get fully behind Mike Ashley – and what’s the world coming to?
Of course, we have to admit that making such a great start to the season, and currently being 3rd joint top of the Premier League has helped, and helped a lot.
Steven Taylor admits things were difficult between the Board and the players at the beginning of the season:
“When you look back at the start of the season, it was difficult,” “There was a separation between the squad and Chairman Llambias, but the main focus now is that he’s been straight on our side from day one, since before pre-season.”
“He keeps everyone together, he sorted out the problem we had with bonuses, he leaves the gaffer to do his job and there’s been no hassles.”
“We’ve been for meals when the chairman has come along as well after we went paint-balling. That just shows the togetherness now that we have as a club.”
“We went for a Chinese together and he turned up, which I thought was a nice touch.”
And Newcastle are doing the right thing for their fans these days, which is a change from when Ashley first took over, and it was a great move when Llambias and owner Mike Ashley came up with the idea for the half-price season ticket promotion.
That was to current season ticket holders, and it was well received by the fans, and the club couldn’t quite handle the demand it generated, but it was a smart move by the Board, and we should now see higher attendances at home games this season, which will only help the team.
And another nice touch made by Derek LLambias recently was the private plane he laid on to take the Reserves side to Swansea, and it showed by his actions how much the club feels about their up and coming youngsters, who are the future life-blood of the club.
As far as the private plane gesture, Steven had this to say:
“That wouldn’t have happened last year,” “But because we’re doing our business on the pitch, the chairman and the owner have looked after the reserves as well.
“So it’s good for them to do that. Beating Wigan, which was a massive result for us, persuaded the chairman to put on an initiative for season tickets – that just sums up how he’s trying hard and I think the fans appreciate that.”
Add to that, the 7,000 fans who turned up for the open training session at St. James’ Park last Friday, and things are certainly looking up.
But we should not get too carried away, because we’ve seen before how owner Mike Ashley can make some ruthless decisions at Newcastle, and that shown in the way he sold Andy Carroll, Kevin Nolan, and how he sacked former manager Chris Hughton last December.
But in retrospect those decisions have not turned out to be as dire for the club as we had expected they would be, so maybe Mike knows what he’s doing at Newcastle after all.
We hope so, because all we want to see is Newcastle very successful again, and sooner rather than later.