Newcastle fans urge Mike Ashley to fill the void left by Derek Llambias

The arrival of Joe Kinnear has led to upheaval at St James' Park

Newcastle fans have urged owner Mike Ashley to fill the vacuum left by Derek Llambias' departure by installing a dedicated management team to run the club.

Llambias' resignation as managing director has cost the club the services of the man who supervised much of the day-to-day business at St James' Park and, perhaps more significantly in the current circumstances, one of the key players in transfer negotiations.

New director of football Joe Kinnear has been charged with the task of assuming some of those responsibilities, but there are gaps still to be plugged.

Ashley could turn to finance director John Irving and club secretary Lee Charnley in an attempt to fill the void, but Mark Jensen, editor of online fanzine http://www.themag.co.uk, admits some supporters would like to see a more radical plan.

Jensen said: "I'm sure there will be some optimists who will in some way think it's a brilliant opportunity for Mike Ashley to put a really tip-top professional management team in place and give it five years to take the club where it is capable of being.

"But this is an inherent weakness of the way Mike Ashley runs Newcastle - and that's an understatement.

"Many clubs would have a board of directors and if the chairman or managing director resigned, they would at least have somebody there who could take over and run the club."

In the short term, the Magpies are desperately trying to restore a measure of order to life on Tyneside after a tumultuous few days.

For the time being at least, Kinnear and manager Alan Pardew have started to process of planning the way forward with the manager adamant he is staying at the club despite having seen the 66-year-old Irishman parachuted in above his head.

Graham Carr's future as chief scout remains unclear after a series of early meetings with his new boss, although Pardew will hope to keep the staff which served him so well during the 2011-12 season in place and onside as he attempts to bounce back from a far more testing campaign last time around.

The manager has made no secret of the fact that he wants to add experience, and perhaps more importantly, Premier League experience to his squad after seeing the French quintet he signed in January take time to adapt to the rigours of English football.

He emerged from end-of-season talks with Ashley and Llambias confident he would be able to do that.

However, the goal-posts have since been moved, and the coming weeks will reveal exactly how far they have travelled.

PA

PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Arts and Entertainment
AKB48 perform during one of their daily concerts at Tokyo’s Akihabara theatre
musicJapan's AKB48 are one of the world’s most-successful pop acts
News
Ian Thorpe has thanked his supporters after the athlete said in an interview that he is gay
people
News
The headstone of jazz great Miles Davis at Woodlawn Cemetery in New York
news
Arts and Entertainment
Brendan O'Carroll has brought out his female alter-ego Agnes Brown for Mrs Brown's Boys D'Movie
filmComedy holds its place at top of the UK box office
News
newsBear sweltering in zoo that reaches temperatures of 40 degrees
Arts and Entertainment
Professor Kathy Willis will showcase plants from the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew
radioPlants: From Roots to Riches has been two years in the making
Arts and Entertainment
TV The follow-up documentary that has got locals worried
Arts and Entertainment
Eminem's daughter Hailie has graduated from high school
music
Arts and Entertainment
Original Netflix series such as Orange Is The New Black are to benefit from a 'substantial' increase in investment
TVHoax announcement had caused outrage
Life and Style
Swimsuit, £245, by Agent Provocateur
fashion

Diving in at the deep end is no excuse for shirking the style stakes

News
One Direction star Harry Styles who says he has no plans to follow his pal Cara Delevingne down the catwalk.
peopleManagement confirms rumours singer is going it alone are false
Caption competition
Caption competition
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily World Cup Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

Super Mario crushes the Messi dream as Germany win the 2014 World Cup in Brazil

Super Mario crushes the Messi dream

Germany win the 2014 World Cup in Brazil
Saharan remains may be evidence of the first race war, 13,000 years ago

The first race war, 13,000 years ago?

Saharan remains may be evidence of oldest large-scale armed conflict
Scientists find early warning system for Alzheimer’s

Scientists find early warning system for Alzheimer’s

Researchers hope eye tests can spot ‘biomarkers’ of the disease
Sex, controversy and schoolgirl schtick

Meet Japan's AKB48

Pop, sex and schoolgirl schtick make for controversial success
Iraq crisis: How Saudi Arabia helped Isis take over the north of the country

How Saudi Arabia helped Isis take over northern Iraq

A speech by an ex-MI6 boss hints at a plan going back over a decade. In some areas, being Shia is akin to being a Jew in Nazi Germany, says Patrick Cockburn
The evolution of Andy Serkis: First Gollum, then King Kong - now the actor is swinging through the trees in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

The evolution of Andy Serkis

First Gollum, then King Kong - now the actor is swinging through the trees in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
You thought 'Benefits Street' was controversial: Follow-up documentary 'Immigrant Street' has got locals worried

You thought 'Benefits Street' was controversial...

Follow-up documentary 'Immigrant Street' has got locals worried
Refugee children from Central America let down by Washington's high ideals

Refugee children let down by Washington's high ideals

Democrats and Republicans refuse to set aside their differences to cope with the influx of desperate Central Americas, says Rupert Cornwell
Children's books are too white, says Laureate

Children's books are too white, says Laureate

Malorie Blackman appeals for a better ethnic mix of authors and characters and the illustrator Quentin Blake comes to the rescue
Blackest is the new black: Scientists have developed a material so dark that you can't see it...

Blackest is the new black

Scientists have developed a material so dark that you can't see it...
Matthew Barzun: America's diplomatic dude

Matthew Barzun: America's diplomatic dude

The US Ambassador to London holds 'jeans and beer' gigs at his official residence – it's all part of the job, he tells Chris Green
Meet the Quantified Selfers: From heart rates to happiness, there is little this fast-growing, self-tracking community won't monitor

Meet the 'Quantified Selfers'

From heart rates to happiness, there is little this fast-growing, self-tracking community won't monitor
Madani Younis: Five-star reviews are just the opening act for British theatre's first non-white artistic director

Five-star reviews are just the opening act for British theatre's first non-white artistic director

Madani Younis wants the neighbourhood to follow his work as closely as his audiences do
Mrs Brown and her boys: are they having a laugh?

Mrs Brown and her boys: are they having a laugh?

When it comes to national stereotyping, the Irish – among others – know it can pay to play up to outsiders' expectations, says DJ Taylor