Pardew Talks About the Triumvirate Of Leadership At Newcastle

Alan Pardew has talked to the Shields Gazette today, and he’s talked about the leadership at the club, but of course the most important leader we have had for seven years is owner Mike Ashley, and he simply hasn’t done the job, as far as Newcastle fans are concerned.

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Mike Ashley – Newcastle owner

Alan Pardew is clear that Newcastle captain Coloccini has good leadership abilities, and it’s more on the lines of setting an example on and off the pitch, than being a more natural leader like Kevin Nolan was, who was vocal both on and off the pitch.

Colo is a lot quieter than Kevin of course, which in not particularly bad – it’s just a different type of leadership.

This is what Alan Pardew has told the Shields Gazette:

“I think that core leadership of having Colo here is important.”  “Take me out of the equation, you’ve got Mike Ashley, you’ve got  Lee Charnley and you’ve got Colo.”

“That’s direct leadership through the club, and I think that’s important.”  “He is our captain, and he’s had to do a tough job this year when we’ve felt down, and been a bit negative with ourselves.”

“He’s been important. We all know if he plays like he did against Cardiff – and gets back to that level – we’ve got a top player.”

While Lee Charnley could well turn out to be a good functioning  Managing Director for Newcastle, who is able to get things done in the transfer market, Mike Ashley has not proved to be a good leader of the club from the top.

The big criticism of Ashley is he just hasn’t enough ambition for a club like Newcastle United, and the question is why did he zone in on Newcastle when he was looking for a club to buy seven years ago.

It seems, at least in retrospect, that a more appropriate clubs would have been one with lower ambitions – such as a Fulham, a Stoke City or a Norwich City to give three examples.

And of course the higher up you are in any organization, the more sway and authority that person has, and that’s not good when the man at the top has little ambition.

We could have  a great captain and an excellent Managing Director, but with lack of ambition at the very top, it will not amount to much – that;ls the sad truth – there’s a saying that an organization takes on the personality of its leader – and that’s  true.

But on the positive side of things, maybe the terrible form of the last six months will have jolted Ashley into having (a lot) more ambition for Newcastle United, and that could happen this summer, but we are not exactly holding our breath.

But with lots of players on their way out of the club this summer, Newcastle must bring in a decent number of good new players – that’s what’s needed.

And maybe Lee Charnley can get the job done this summer. but there’s  a lot more hope in that statement than it being based on reality – given our previous two impotent transfer windows.

Comments welcome.

21 comments so far

  • Harley

    May 26, 2014 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #1

    From the last article.

    If cabella and grenier cost say 20 million together, I’d far rather get hunt instead of grenier for free and spend the extra 10 million on a better striker.

    If we’ve earmarked 20 million for 2 strikers (optimistic) id far rather pay that bit extra to guarantee goals.

    I see welbeck being linked away again. Him and Remy would be ideal. Use the extra money for their wages. I keep saying, money talks.

  • AusMagpie

    May 26, 2014 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #2


    20 mil for both Cabella and Grenier would he superb business. Both are quality with a potentially huge future ahead of them.

    Welbeck ideal? Next.

  • Santon03

    May 26, 2014 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #3


    I am Santon and Milan fan, but I think Santon will be staying. As much as I love him to go to Milan, I think he wants to stay in Newcastle. He will come to Milan someday, I hope. He barely ever played as RW, so far he played RW twice. Once he scored against Wigan, I think the other one against Spurs and he made good crosses.

    He is supposed to be a ball winner not playmaker, I think he tried to be Pirlo too much.
    He is more like Ambrossini or Gattuso or Nigel DeJong type and he supposed to play like them, just win the ball and protect the defenders at any cost. So many times he got caught near in our half trying to play the ball. He is not great passer type, he is ball winner type.

  • jazzyp

    May 26, 2014 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #4

    Liverpool have made the first move with an official bid of 8 mill bid for Loic remy. What a bargain for this lad….Would have loved to have tied this guy down to a permanent contract.
    Welbeck….No thank you, cant get regular game time at Manure never mind being picked for the England set up

  • Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund

    May 26, 2014 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #5

    What is he talking about? Colo is an awful captain, he’s not a leader at all. I hate Pardew more than words describe. Really is time for him to go.

  • lesh

    May 26, 2014 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #6

    Harley…. How can you expect a top striker to weigh in with goals when he’s played left or right wing?!

  • lesh

    May 26, 2014 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #7

    jazzyp…. Scouse gits! I’d rather he went to Arsenal than those whining wazzocks!

  • Santon03

    May 26, 2014 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #8

    Colo has made his mind to stay, I think he nolonger has any more personal problem, he can’t concentrate more on his football.

  • Santon03

    May 26, 2014 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #9

    he can*

  • Santon03

    May 26, 2014 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #10

    stupid auto complete

  • jazzyp

    May 26, 2014 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #11

    I would have preferred Loic to go abroad as did cabs. hate seeing ex players doing well in the Pl after leaving us. Although am happy to see them crash and burn as did Carrol and Ba lol.
    Would take Ba back tho to be honest , Especially for around 5 mill

  • AusMagpie

    May 26, 2014 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #12

    Imagine if Ashley and co surprised us all and we signed all these:

  • welshgeordie9

    May 26, 2014 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #13

    i hope there’s news this week about us getting players in

  • lesh

    May 26, 2014 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #14

    jazzyp…. Agree wholeheartedly and as far as Ba’s concerned, it appears Morinho wants him a Chelski.

    Speaking of Chelski, is Hesky still playing? Now there’s a potentially ideal Pardew player


  • jazzyp

    May 26, 2014 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #15

    Would take Doumbia over all CF’s we have been linked with. Would take a bid of 15 mill + tho which I don’t see Ashley doing.
    I know a lot of lads will disagree as we all have different opinions on Nufc, But Ashley has to spend this summer as we have been run into the ground

  • AusMagpie

    May 26, 2014 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #16


    Yeah mate Doumbia is exactly what we need in my opinion. He’s an absolute force up front! Has speed, strength, skills, and is an absolute sniper.

    In my opinion what we need most are creative midfielders and speedy strikers/wingers. I pray we fix our problems this summer but who are we kidding?

  • rowly

    May 26, 2014 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #17

    I only half agree with this article… On the one hand I do believe that if Ashley invested in the transfer market it would pay off and we could become a top 4 side again this making him much more money in the long run.
    However, look at athletico Madrid who have spent less than they have received in transfers consistently for around a decade. This shows that the most important people at the club are the manager and the scouts and to an extent the dof who gets the deals done.
    A final note on this is a question – why do thousands of fans expect a man to fork out multi millions of pounds of his own money which he has earned to buy overpriced footballers for our club?

  • toonluvva

    May 26, 2014 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #18


    Ok there are some fans who will not be happy until Mr Ashley has spent every penny of his fortune on NUFC and still be demanding more.

    But there are many more who only want to see a moderate amount of investment, year on year, to build a decent attacking side playing attractive football and steadily climbing the table.

    The frustration comes from knowing that he has no intention of spending to improve, he wants on loan players coming whilst selling on the best of our squad.

    There is another article on todays blog comparing us with L’Pool. The fact is that the Fenway group are involved in sport and want all of their investments to be successful as sporting ventures.

    In contrast Mr Ashley sees NUFC as an advertising venture. Maintaining a PL place is the limit of his ambition.

  • isleofmanman

    May 26, 2014 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #19

    The man is a buffoon

  • Laurent Robert 32

    May 26, 2014 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #20

    Yes, Alan. Let’s take you out of the equation.

  • coyote

    May 26, 2014 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #21

    I would love ashley to invest some of his millions but don’t expect it to happen but what I do expect is for him to invest all of the £20m for cabaye and some of the prize money from the permiership rumoured to be just under £80m you can get some decent players for £100m
    but I’ve just seen a pink elephant fly by more chance


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