Newcastle have gone from bad to worse since the end of what was another pitiful transfer window last month, and all the club achieved was to lose our best player, and on the positive side we also brought in on-loan Luuk de Jong – and oh yes I almost forget – we got £20M for Cabaye – but fat use that is through the end of this season.
Mike Ashley – his lack of communication hurts the club
In times of crises at any organization, it’s the person at the top that has to take the heat – just as they get the kudos when things are going well – it’s a two-edged sword.
And the man at the top for Newcastle is owner Mike Ashley – and he is the one mainly responsible for what is turning out to be another disastrous season at Newcastle.
And almost in equal measure Alan Pardew is responsible for failing to get the best out of what is a decent Newcastle squad, and Alan’s job is now on the line, and if things don’t improve before the end of the season, he could well lose his job this summer.
But it’s the man at the very top who is a huge problem for Newcastle United, because the fans never hear from Mike Ashley and in these times of trouble for the club, we are not holding our breath that Mike will say anything at all.
And good leaders also have to be good communicators for obvious reasons – so they can get the ideas over to the people in the organization and communicate the strategy, plans and ambitions to the people.
And since we currently have no Chief Executive at Newcastle these days, there’s also a vacuum of leadership at the executive level.
I’ve been around the block a few times with IBM, and had times when you have to stand up and acknowledge things are not what they should be – and good people acknowledge that – and then know fully that their number one priority is to put it right.
It’s now up to Alan Pardew and his coaches – as well as the Newcastle players – to start putting things right – and we expect a much improved display against Aston Villa a week on Sunday.
We would hope to win that game, but the minimum is to see our players showing guts and glory – whatever happens in the game – and we cannot have a repeat of last night’s latest surrender.
But a problem right now at Newcastle is that we are like a ship drifting in the wind, and going nowhere fast – and not even knowing where we should be going or where we will end up.
That’s because we don’t know what Newcastle’s plans or ambitions are going forward over the next few years – other than to make money and stay in the Premier League.
You usually hear that from the man at the top, but we’re not holding our breath that Mike Ashley will say anything soon.
And while Ashley has done well on the financial side of things at Newcastle, let’s be fair there, he has been lacking in other important areas of the club.
Ashley needs to hire a new Director of Football quickly, and it would be nice if he put out a statement to the fans, but we’ve said that many times over the last seven years with no success in getting much at all in statements from the English Billionaire.
Any organization follows the guidance, traits and personality of the leader – to a certain extent – and Mike Ashley at the head of Newcastle is not helping things at the moment – in fact he’s showing no leadership at all.
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