One knock-on effect of the Pardew ‘headbutt’ controversy, is that a new managing director at St.James’ Park is on the cards according to media reports this morning.
Amongst others, the Sunday Mirror is claiming that Mike Ashley has belatedly realised that he can’t manage without at least somebody at least nominally visible in charge at Newcastle United, with a replacement for Derek Llambias due to be appointed nearly 12 months after Ashley’s MD walked out in disgust following the Joe Kinnear fiasco of an appointment last summer. Showing that even Llambias had a breaking point when it came to the comical running of the club.
Now it is claimed that with Pardew’s role at the club almost certain to be reduced for some time (some suggestions that Pardew could have to actually stay away totally from the club as part of his potential punishment), the manager needs somebody to share the responsibility of being a figurehead at the club.
I often wonder what the other clubs must think of the absence of a proper management team to run Newcastle United, with a general acceptance that the club is run by faceless people at Sports Direct on behalf of Ashley.
As well as the imminent appointment of a new Managing Director, the reports also state that Ashley is standing by Alan Pardew. No surprises there considering the propaganda the manager willingly spouts on behalf of the club’s owner.