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Alan Pardew Reveals The Four Leaders At Newcastle United

8 years ago

Alan Pardew has been building up the importance of the quality of leadership at Newcastle United, naming Fabricio Coloccini as one of the four key corner stones at St.James’ Park.

The Newcastle manager hoping that Coloccini will be back to his best next season after rarely hitting the heights he is capable of in the last campaign.

However, Pardew sees Colo, Mike Ashley, Lee Charnley and himself as those who give leadership throughout the club.

Alan Pardew speaking to the Shields Gazette;

“That core leadership of having Colo here is important.

“Take me out of the equation and you’ve got Mike (Ashley), Lee Charnley and you have got Colo.

“That is direct leadership through the club and that is important.

“He’s our captain and he has had to do a tough job this year when we have felt down – been a bit negative ourselves.

“He has been important and we all know that if he plays as he did against Cardiff, gets back to that level, we have got a top player.”

I find it hard to be convinced that at Newcastle we have anything that vaguely resembles great leadership.

Starting at the top you have Mike Ashley who was only seen a few times on match days at St.James’ Park last season, plus he never speaks to give anybody any idea or confidence in where the club is supposed to be going.

Then you have Lee Charnley, the latest Managing Director. While few fans believe he has any real power or authority, on top of that he also hasn’t publicly spoken about his role at the club and convinced anybody that he will be a big positive at Newcastle United. On his appointment he didn’t face the press as would happen at any normal club and instead a prepared statement, no doubt written by Ashley’s PR people, was put out with Charnley’s name on it. The media given no chance to question the new MD on what had been handed to them.

Then we have our captain’ there is no doubt that on his day Fabricio Coloccini can be a great player but can you really claim he is a great captain? Following the theme from above, I have never once heard Colo do an interview to camera in English and he has been at Newcastle for six years now! Elsewhere, especially on the continent, it is normal practice for the captain to do question and answer sessions before most matches, just as the manager does.

Then of course we have Alan Pardew.

You certainly can’t accuse him of not going in front of the cameras enough! However, what he says has become increasingly ridiculous and last season was littered with all kinds of statements/claims that were not true. Again, if that is great leadership then you’re having a laugh.

The final home match at St.James’ Park saw him unable to leave the dugout because of the abuse/derision that rained down on him, his leadership credibility is basically non-existent, much as the rest of the ‘leadership’ at the club is.


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