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Newcastle United’s Silent Captain, MD and Owner But A Manager Who Talks Far Too Much

8 years ago
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We all know Newcastle United are a club like no other but under Mike Ashley we REALLY ARE a club like no other.

As well as all the ludicrous and crass decisions on and off the pitch, maybe the defining thing about Newcastle United is the way they communicate, or rather don’t, with the supporters and the rest of the outside world.

In Mike Ashley we have an owner who sees no value, or need to, in talking to his ‘customers’ at Newcastle United.

The closest he came was an interview in an official club magazine but never have we seen his lips move, talking about Newcastle United.

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Which brings us to the club’s latest Managing Director (MD), Lee Charnley. The fact that since Llambias walked out last year Ashley saw no need for anybody to be being seen to run his football club, even for appearances sake, maybe tells us everything about how serious the job title is.

Many fans simply assuming he (Charnley) is the latest patsy to be used in terms of putting out Ashley’s message via quotes with the ‘Managing Director’s’ name on them, with no doubt a column in the match programme to shortly follow. Embarrassingly, Newcastle United admitted after Joe Kinnear’s departure that he hadn’t written his column in the match programme, but that rather it was simply a way of getting the club (message) out with Kinnear’s name on it.

Charnley’s promotion to be MD was announced via a fifteen hundred word written statement, with the majority of it being ‘quotes’ from Lee Charnley himself. Bizarrely though, there was no press conference for Charnley to meet the media and communicate his message to both the fans and the assembled press, no chance for him to speak and give everybody confidence that Newcastle United was in safe hands for the difficulties ahead, with journalists denied the chance to question him about his ‘quotes’ or plans.

Even worse, there wasn’t even an interview on the club’s own TV channel where he could have had a soft introduction in a controlled way, asked friendly questions and able to express himself without worrying about a rare difficult question from the club’s friendly pet press.

So no visible leadership from NUFC’s owner and none from the new Managing Director, surely then United have a Club Captain who will put his head on the line when times are hard, showing the leadership missing from those running the club?

This is the point where some of you no doubt may start disagreeing. However, this is not about what Fabricio Coloccini does or doesn’t do on the pitch, it is about his wider role as Club Captain and all that that should entail. As it happens I think in terms of on the pitch the fans and Colo are about even stevens, Coloccini coming with a big transfer fee and wages but doing well for us in matches, despite indifferent form this season and trying to walk out in the middle of the relegation fight last year.

However, can you honestly believe that in six years you have never seen Coloccini give a single interview (in English) on camera? While other players who also had no experience of previously speaking English have stepped up to press responsibilities, such as Jonas, Santon, Cabaye, Sissoko and many others, our captain is conspicuous by his absence.

It is not only your Gerrards and Terrys who do their bit, even the Mackems’ O’Shea hasn’t shirked the responsibility despite heading for the Championship, the same with those from abroad such as Vlaar at Villa, Hangeland at Fulham, Bassong at Norwich and others.

For my money a Captain has to lead in every sense or else he is the wrong man for the job. Sadly I think this is another example where the club put yet another weakness into the structure of the club, meaning you are missing a potential rallying point for everybody when times are tough.

Finally, we come to the person who is both the victim and a perpetrator, step forward Alan Pardew.

Thanks in large part to what is outlined above, Alan Pardew is by default the sole spokesperson for Newcastle United and don’t we know it.

The rubbish he speaks gets worse by the week and the only three sentiments I hear fans expressing now towards the Newcastle manager’s interviews are; anger, laughter and a small minority who feel sorry for Pardew because of the position he finds himself in, commenting on every aspect of the club because there is quite literally nobody else willing to speak.

Newcastle United are falling apart and dynamic leadership is needed from top to bottom to rescue the situation, give me a shout when you spot some.

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