Newcastle United managing director Lee Charnley has made an admission to the Chronicle over former manager Alan Pardew.
Charnley has admitted that Pardew was effectively left in the firing line by club officials and expected to answer difficult questions, which were better suited to being addressed to other club officials.
“Our view was that Alan was the one who was front and centre and will take all of the questions on all areas of the club. Alan was then left, sometimes, in a difficult position answering questions that he probably wasn’t best suited to answer,” said Charnley.
The obvious question, which likely would have been in the minds of some Newcastle fans when Pardew revealed he was leaving the club would have been; why leave us for Palace?
This is arguably an example of why Pardew felt he was better off elsewhere but Charnley has also confirmed that communication between the manager and officials is an area that the club are looking to make clearer over the rest of the season.
He potentially felt that he deserved more respect and support from the club than he got, which could have left him feeling underwhelmed.
It’s important for Newcastle’s sake that the new head coach is allowed to just get his head down and focus on managing the team.
It doesn’t do the boss or the team any good at all if the man in charge of the first team and getting results has a scrambled head because of mixed messages coming at him left, right and centre.
Fortunately it’s an area, which has been identified as a weakness and one which is being tackled to ensure it’s not a problem from now on.