Sir John Hall ran Newcastle in the 1990s when Kevin Keegan and his Entertainers were the talk of the Premier League, and he has spoken out today about the terrible and embarrassing events of the last four days, since Joe Kinnear decided to tell the world that he was to become the new Director of Football at Newcastle, and then Derek LLambias subsequently resigned – seemingly in protest at the appointment.
John Hall – former Chairman and power broker at Newcastle
And the news yesterday was that Chief Scout Graham Carr was also thinking over his position at the club, but the news is that he told friends on Thursday night he was staying at Newcastle – so there’s some good news for you.
This is what John Hall said today:
“I’m shocked at the news that Kinnear has been appointed and Derek Llambias is going. It makes you wonder what’s going on behind the scenes at the club.” ‘There’s a man in charge there who knows what’s going on, but many of the fans will be feeling anger and shock.”
“I think everyone just hopes that it will be resolved quickly because the start of the season is upon us. Unless you know what’s going on behind the scenes, it’s difficult to know exactly what has happened.”
John makes a good point, and as we mentioned yesterday – this could be our relegation of 2008-2009 all over again, and that death spiral was started by a flaming disagreement between then manager Kevin Keegan and the Director of Football Dennis Wise.
And a similar situation seems to exist today between Joe Kinnear and Alan Pardew – and it could erupt at any moment.
It also doesn’t seem that Mike Ashley is showing much leadership at the club at the moment, and he may be trying to sort things out – somebody stopped Joe Kinnear giving another talkSPoRT interview planned for Wednesday evening – and it could well have been the owner.
But fans never hear from Mike Ashley, and we’ve never known a man in such a high position be so uncommunicative, so that fans never know exactly what he’s thinking or what he’s doing – and that’s never a good situation.
No or little communication is not good, and that’s been the epitome of Mike Ashley for the last six years – the fans never hear from him – even in a crisis – which is what Newcastle are in at the moment.
Where are you Mike Ashley – say something.
What do you think?
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