In any other club it would be a little strange that the new caretaker manager in charge of the club for the rest of the season, has not talked once to the owner, but at Newcastle, it’s almost par for the course and hardly surprising that John Carver has not talked to Mike Ashley, and doesn’t expect to do so anytime soon.
Mike Ashley – no dialogue with John Carver
But the good news is that it seems John has had many conversations with Managing Director Lee Charnley, who he reports to – so that’s good.
I’ll not belabor the point but good communications is vital in any organization.
This is what John Carver told the press yesterday:
“I’ve definitely not had a conversation with Mike – that is 100%. There is no need for me to have a conversation with Mike because Mike entrusted in Lee to make the conversation.”
“What I have had is more conversations with Lee Charnley than I have with any of my family. He is on the phone every minute of the day talking about other types of issues. There is a good dialogue, good communication and I am happy with that.”
“I was a little bit frustrated and you could tell. But when he actually said it to me (you have the job for the rest of the season), the relief was ‘Thank goodness because now the players can really get focused’.”
“I have got an opportunity here that millions of people would love to have. And I have got it because of what people think of me – people who have worked with me, people who have played with me and understand me. And all those people who say all the nice things I listen to.”
“There are going to be people out there who are going to have a go at me and they are entitled to that. But when you get to know me and you see me working on the training ground and you understand what I’m all about, then you’ll understand.”
Of course Mike Ashley is very busy doing stuff with Rangers at the moment, and the only problem is that nobody really knows exactly what he’s up to.
And in particular, what is his end game with Rangers FC, and how could that affect his ownership of Newcastle United?
Is it just me – or does John Carver seem to treat most press interviews as a (potential) job interview for the head coach position st Newcastle?
And if John is really creating a good working relationship with Lee Charnley and Graham Carr as the triumvirate that runs Newcastle, he will have a much better chance of getting the job permanently in the summer.
But results take precedence over everything else, and John must start getting some wins on the board, starting at Hull City this afternoon.
Howay The Lads!!
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