One of the things that then Chairman Chris Mort said after Mike Ashley had bought the club just over five years ago was that Newcastle needed stability and there was too many changes in management for that to happen.
Mike Ashley – wants stability at Newcastle
But Ashley and his people found management of a football club very difficult in the first two years, and in the summer of 2009, following our relegation – we had Sam Allardyce, Kevin Keegan, Joe Kinnear, Alan Shearer and Chris Hughton as five men who had managed Newcastle in the short two years since Ashley bought the club.
Since that time – about three and a half years – we have had just Alan Pardew as the new manager, after Chris was surprisingly fired, so things have settled down on that issue, and Newcastle have fared well until this recent slump.
And Alan Pardew yesterday talked about how the owner wants stability at Newcastle:
“Ashley wants stability at the club. He has put me under no pressure during this period, other than to ask ‘can I help you any more’. That’s it.” “But there is always going to be external pressure, from fans who want more and the media, because that’s their job.”
“I have to look at the bigger picture and take a balanced view. But that doesn’t mean my total focus is not on Manchester City and getting a win, for my fans and for the team.”
That’s about what an owner should be doing – just asking where he can help – and we hope Alan said he needs at least three new players in January to bolster the squad.
It’s a really tough time for the club at the moment, but we have better players and more dedicated players than we had four years ago during the relegation season, so we should be able to pull away from the bottom end of the league fairly soon, although we do have some very tough games coming up.
Let’s try to keep the faith during this very difficult time.
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