Mike Ashley is a hands off owner and allows people like Derek Llambias, who is running the club as the Chief Executive, and Alan Pardew, who is manager of everything on the playing side, to go ahead and do their jobs as the y see fit.
Alan Pardew – gets on well with Mike Ashley – when he sees him
Not all owners are like Mike Ashley who struggled to understand how to run a football club when he bought Newcastle in the summer of 2007, but seems to have worked out a frugal but effective way to ruin a football club, over the last five years.
On the occasions that the two do speak, they seem to get on well, and there’s certainly a mutual respect between the two of them, with Alan growing into the job over the last couple of years as Newcastle manager.
One of the reasons the club seems to be run so well and effectively the days is that the major players all seem to get on well with each other and they have all bought into the long term way the club will be managed.
This is what Alan told the Sunday Sun today:
“We don’t see much of each other and maybe that’s why it works. Derek Llambias is very much between Mike and I, but there is mutual respect there.” “When I meet him I do respect his views because you are shaped by your history. Mike is shaped by his football history because he’s had some bad times here at Newcastle.”
“But I do push him to get the best possible players to the club.” “He’s not on the phone every other day. It’s nothing like that. I don’t have any contact with him about games and I have to say I really like that about him. He trusts me, he trusts my decision making process.”
“He asks me through Derek one or two questions every month – and they are actually good questions. It’s different from other chairmen I’ve had.”
Dare we say it but Mike Ashley seems to have mellowed a bit, and he seems to be confident that he has worked out a system that works for Newcastle, although there is not a lot of money available to bring in new players.
We will have to continue to rely on bringing through good youngsters at the club, and that Graham Carr and his staff can spot more Yohan Cabayes and Cheick Tiotes in the future.
But we must say things have gone very well since those dark days of the summer of 2009, when we seemed to have dug ourselves into a deep hole, and things seemed to be in a shocking mess.
It’s a wonder what three years can do, and now we are flying high – well highish at the moment. 😀
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