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‘Kinnear Is No Keegan’ – Understatement Of The Year

8 years ago

The Steve Harper celebration match brought together some heroes of the past who it is obvious, still have a great love for the club.

The other thing is that people such as Alan Shearer and Rob Lee have an excellent understanding of what makes the club tick….and what doesn’t.

Rob Lee was asked about Newcastle’s current position;

“Players do not want to join Newcastle any more, Kevin Keegan sold the club to me when I joined, but if Joe Kinnear was speaking to you then are you going to join this club? I’m not so sure.

If we get our best eleven on the pitch then we can compete with anybody but if we have one or two missing then we can’t.

In an ideal wold Mike Ashley should step aside but it isn’t an ideal world. Also, if he sold it you don’t know if you are going to get something even worse – likelihood is that you are going to get a foreign owner as there aren’t any Geordie billionaires out there.”

I think the bottom line for all of us isn’t WHO runs the club, it is HOW they run the club.

Mike Ashley has consistently failed to put a proper management team into Newcastle United to run it properly.

This summer saw the very last pretence of any kind of management ‘structure’ swept away.

The club doesn’t have a ‘board of directors’ in reality, there is no management team in place to take the club forward and Derek Llambias’ departure means there isn’t even anybody even nominally in charge of the ‘running’ of the club.

The appointment of Joe Kinnear was the final slap in the face for us all, any relative success will only be achieved despite the way the club is run, rather than the shambles that passes for a management at the club.

His detractors might not want to accept it but amongst the chaos, Alan Pardew, whatever his suitability as manager is, does a remarkable job of holding things together off the pitch as sole spokesperson and defender of the madness (and often the indefensible) that is modern day Newcastle United.

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