We’ve just been amazed at what little Lee Charnley and others have done over these last three months to help save Newcastle – and in a nutshell – it’s been nothing.
In any crisis, which Newcastle have undoubtedly been in since late February, you always look to the top executives to come in and show some initiative and leadership at these times – and that’s one reason they get the big bucks – but that hasn’t happened at Newcastle this year.
Mike Ashley – will be at the game today
Whether Newcastle stay up or not today, owner Mike Ashley is almost certain to shake things up at the club – we hope Mike Ashley will shake things up at the club.
News last night accompanying the revelation that Mike Ashley would be at the game today, was that he is not happy and even furious with the precipitous decline of Newcastle United over the last three months.
And he must look at how those have performed in the key leadership levels over that time – and it’s not a pretty picture.
Ashley reminds us a lot of the Robber Barons of America in the late 1800s – people like Cornelius Vanderbilt (shipping and railroads), JP Morgan (finance), Andrew Carnegie (steel), John D Rockefeller (oil) and others like Henry Ford (automobiles) as another example – and his personality seems to match theirs:
- Mentally tough
- Furious competitor
- Concentration on making money at any cost
- Immune to criticism
We could go on, but those characteristics seem to have helped Mike Ashley build his fortune in the sports retail market.
We’d be surprised if he wasn’t furious with what’s happened, because the fans certainly are.
We expect to see his ruthless streak come out over the next six weeks or so, and we could see a shake up within the club.
And according to the news last night, Ashley will not appoint Steve McClaren as the new head coach, but will bring in a foreign coach.
But first things first, and we are hoping Newcastle are a Premier League side at 5:00 pm today – and if we aren’t it’s going to be too hard to bear.
But whatever happens today, things have to be shaken up to correct the many problems that have existed in the way the club has been run.
It’s been out of control this year.