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.
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.