It was obvious on Saturday that Newcastle are leaderless, have no direction and at the moment have no head coach, and while we scored our first goal in the last three games – all defeats – it was a fortuitous goal if ever there was one.
Lee Charnley – needs to show leadership and quickly
It was Yoan’s first goal for a long time and his first this season – and he knew nothing about it in the 2-1 loss to a Southampton team that were playing their third game in six days and had their three very best players out injured.
And we were still beaten and Southampton were still the better side on the day.
We need new blood on the coaching side, and certainly John Carver is not the answer – he’s a great guy and has been an excellent servant to the club – but he’s not a Newcastle head coach.
John Carver also wants an appointment made:
“It could be the fan in me talking now but it will be three weeks since Alan Pardew was told to speak to Palace and that’s a long time – enough to do what you need to do.”
“It’s in the best interests of the club, me, the fans, the players, staff, everybody.” “I will have to speak to Lee for my own peace of mind and see where we are. We cannot drift.”
“That’s why we have to do something. I’m as straight as they come and I’m a little bit frustrated.”
Before we can have leadership on the field – provided by the new head coach – we have to have leadership off the field and that has to come from Lee Charnley and Graham Carr – who have been given the job of finding a new head coach.
We’ve heard nothing from Charnley since he started the search – so if it’s going to be two weeks before somebody is appointed Lee should issue a communication to the fans and the players, saying what the progress is and when an appointment will be made.
Lack of communication in any business can be like a cancer.
It’s hard to believe the club haven’t said anything to the fans about the status of the head coach search – although that’s kind of business as usual with the Newcastle higher ups these days.
Lee should also start giving press conferences as updates on what’s going on – not specifically for the new coach appointment – but as a matter of course.
The fact that Lee doesn’t seem to like to do them has nothing to do with it – that’s part of the job.
He’ll get better at them the more he does them – and as they say – practice makes perfect.
Newcastle need to wake up and get somebody to steer this massive ship of ours.
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