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Newcastle Lacking Leadership On And Off The Field

At least one person is showing some leadership at Newcastle at the moment, and it’s Mike Williamson who has faced the fury of Newcastle fans head on, and apologized for the disgraceful exhibition at St. James’ Park on Wednesday night, when we were again humiliated – this time 4-0 by a decent Tottenham side.

Mike Williamson

Mike Williamson in action on Wednesday night

Sometimes you just have to hold your hands up and tell the truth – and that’s exactly what the Stoke-born player has done, and he has set a good example to the rest of the playing staff – and the coaches and manager too for that matter

Mike has been talking to the local press, and this is some of what he had to say today:

“There needs to be an apology and a reaction because it wasn’t good enough, all over the pitch.” “We need to get back to basics on the training ground and come together as a group.”

“The work ethic, determination and the spirit needs to be there and I think it wasn’t against Spurs – that is the most disappointing thing of all.

“We have to come out against Villa and show the fans we do care.”

You can never accuse Mike Williamson of not trying, and every time he plays for the side he gives his all – and he’s an unlikely player to be setting the standard for leadership at the club.

Mike is one of those players who have made the best of the skills he has – and he plays with his limitations and has been very effective this season at Newcastle.

But  one of the problems we have right now is that we have very few leaders on and off the field at Newcastle, and when we bring in new players in the summer, we need to ensure some of them have leadership abilities.

What we’re talking about is the type of leadership Kevin Nolan provided at Newcastle – and although he left under unwanted circumstances after Yohan Cabaye arrived, he was one of the best captains Newcastle have had in many years.

We’re missing that gutsy courageous leadership at Newcastle at the moment – and it’s fairly obvious that’s the case.

Colo will provide some of that when he returns, but his leadership skills are different than those of Kevin Nolan, but Fabricio will add an air of calmness to the side  – hopefully against Aston Villa in our next game.

And to think we may even be losing Colo in the summer – and then where will we stand for leaders at the club?

What do you think?

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15 comments so far

  • MrMojoRisin76

    Feb 14, 2014 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #1

    Last nights blog topic,via the medium of film.


  • JDdubai

    Feb 14, 2014 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #2

    Remy in the clear on the rape accusation. Not that he will be signing for us…

  • dantoon85

    Feb 14, 2014 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #3

    Summer we will sign remy, de Jong, cabella, grenier and tom ince………………………………………NOT!!!!!!!!!

  • Graeme

    Feb 14, 2014 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #4

    Leadership starts at the top with the CEO – or, in our case, the Illustrious Owner. Unfortunately, he isnt interested in having a succesfull team, he wants a stable team.

    His idea of success is being able to meet all financial demands without having to resort to outside sources – ie his pocket. Yet, NUFC give away their stadium advertising income to SD free of charge; NUFC have transfered land they owned to Mash Holdings – how much did NUFC get for this??

    Our “Commercial Income” has actually reduced since MA took over yet every other team in the league have increased their revenue!!

    There is NO leadership, there is NO sign of ambition, anywhere within the club. Pardew confirmed there was NO interest in a cup-run from above, but he had the desire to try and win one, anyway. What happened? – we were knocked out in the first attempt at both of them.

    Leadership – they havent a bloody clue which is why my last game was the derby debacle. A shameless display of unmitigated ineptitude.

  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 14, 2014 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #5

    something Band B posted yesterday


    Club confirm that season tickets can be cancelled simply by cancelling your direct debit and there is nothing they can do about it

  • Markaccus

    Feb 14, 2014 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #6

    T sage

    Fat man will probably sack pardew and several players, in the hope people will re considder. He doesn’t realise that as long as hr is still there, it wont make any difference.

  • Graeme

    Feb 14, 2014 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #7

    Loic Remy has been advised no further action will be taken against him and he is released from his bail conditions.

    Its just been announced on SSN!! Now then, How quickly will NUFC confirm his permanant signing?? Dont hold your breath though!!!

  • Harley

    Feb 14, 2014 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #8

    Hopefully tiote and colo will back with remy for villa. Should give the team a lift.

  • catchy in norway

    Feb 14, 2014 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #9


    maybe I will , maybe pardew will be the one in the boot 😉


    I really thought cisse did well , the amount of times he was waiting for the ball to be played through , but no one would release it,
    he stuck close to LDJ for nock downs,
    I just think he is a hate figure right now because of pardew 🙁

    I find it very sad that goofy got man of the match on here , when I think of the game he had 3 good chances to put a good ball in or a simple pass for a tap I’m for cisse or LDJ

    he was very poor because he was out on the right wing and for me he looks lost out there ,

    the only good thing he did was test the keeper with a good shot,

    both Sammy and debuchy where our stand out players IMO

  • Rebbeca from 7 miles away

    Feb 14, 2014 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #10

    Well the headline says it all really.

    I’ve sent four blokes with violin cases to see Ashley for valentines day, their going to serenade him with sounds of 1920’s Chicago.

  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Feb 14, 2014 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #11

    Talking about confidence, Pardew says “I will make sure when we play aston villa that hopefully that will not be replicated again.” I will MAKE SURE that HOPEFULLY. Either he will make sure or he will try and sort it out and hopefully it won’t happen again.

    It’s typical of his lack of conviction. He has a habit of changing the second part of any statement by adding things like”100%” or “a little bit”. So he’ll something like “we’ll work on that in training, 100%” or “we need to get back to basics, a little bit”.

    Wtf? How can such a stooge instil confidence or inspire?

  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Feb 14, 2014 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #12

    Has ciaran canonised cabaye yet? I note he scoffed at my “one player in, one player out” comment.

    LDJ has been a top target for Pardew for some time. He’s got his man now but all we’ve got is the negativity and pessimism based on the idea that the team cannot function in the post messianic age. I think it was rotonda who gave the number of games we’ve lost recently with cabaye playing. Quite a few.

    I’m not sure whether rose coloured spectacles help with glass eyes?

  • nastynorm

    Feb 14, 2014 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #13

    Spot on bout leadership this set of players don’t even talk 2 each other doesn’t matter if they make a mistake or don’t chase a player down there’s no 1 there 2 av a go at them,think the French Revolution is over time 2 get rid of most of them no heart, time 2 bring in sum players who actually care bout the club,give sum of the kids a chance & drop the flops they just don’t care,never mind they’re stil pickin up their wages !

  • 70TWO

    Feb 14, 2014 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #14

    In a previous thread valle posted this article that goes a long way to explaining why Ashley does not invest significantly – it doesn’t balance the books.


    The ethos in principle is sound and despite some very bad decision making looks to have established NUFC as a middling PL team. However the current run of games has highlighted the crumbling motivation of the squad and a lack of belief. In order to rejuvenate performances and the progress of NUFC there needs to be a credible person appointed to ensure that Ashleys aims are implemented cohesively. A knowledgeable and able Chairman will be able balance the books, generate income from the Youth set up and invest in the occasional quality player needed by the squad. Creating a self sufficient and successful club only requires Ashley to make his next appointment using professional methods of recruitment and good judgement.

    A credible leader for NUFC should be in place at least a month before the end of the season to bed in before the transfer window opens and orchestrated transfers of player in and out. I would not be surprised if there is no mention of it until then as a media frenzy would push up salary demands. Balancing the books does not mean no ambition, it requires planning and good execution before success.

  • Mag52

    Feb 14, 2014 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #15

    B and B (post11) has taken to analysing Pardew’s remarks to ‘prove’ some sort of a point about his failings as a manager.
    If some of the blogs on this site were analysed I dread to think what conclusions might be drawn, but anyway it’s yet another dig at a bloke who seems to be the fall guy for everything going wrong in the club at present.
    On a previous post, it was even said that he can’t be any good because he has been sacked from other previous managerial jobs. As if almost every manager there’s ever been hasn’t been given the sack at one time or another – great managers like Mourinho, Cloughie, and Sir Bobby included.
    Let those who, for reasons of their own ( and surely not simply because he is a southerner ???) have detested Pardew more or less from day one, let them come up with a few realistic alternatives to him should Mike Ashley show him the door.
    Failing this, let them direct their understandable anger and frustration where it belongs – at the multi million pound owner of NUFC who seems to be pursuing an agenda designed to damage his manager and staff, his players and the goodwill and loyalty of the fans.


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