Social media is having a major impact on all kinds of aspects of life and the football world is still largely finding its feet as it struggles to adapt.

Many clubs, including Newcastle United, have suffered from idiot players using Twitter (in particular) to reveal unpleasant sides to their characters with racist/homophobic messages sent out, also reinforcing the perception that the average football player isn’t the brightest.

How far the actual clubs are embracing the social media world differs from club to club and a lot of that is down to how much resources they are prepared to throw at this area.

It is also interesting to see from the ‘league tables’ below that while Manchester United are all dominant on Facebook with twenty four million, they have decided not to use Twitter to promote their club. On the other hand Chelsea have recently used Twitter as the route to launch their latest strip.

Newcastle United’s place in all of this? Newcastle are undoubtedly playing catch up on a number of clubs that they would expect to figure better against, such as Aston Villa who currently have twice the numbers on Facebook or Tottenham with three times Newcastle’s followers on Twitter.

Does all this really matter? Obviously it isn’t a matter of life or death but for a club to compete they need to maximise every area of the club and as Newcastle’s stock has risen on the pitch they need to exploit that in every way possible off it.


13 comments
Timptoon
Timptoon

There's none of them I'd shed a tear for if they left but I would still like to see how a few of them manage with good coaching/management and in a stronger squad. Cabella, Abeid, Marveaux and Vuckic will have successful careers somewhere so why not with us. On the other hand, Tiote, Anita, Saylor, Colo, Williamson, Obertan, Gouffran and Sammy have had plenty of chances to impress and rarely reached the standard. 

1957
1957

With a few exceptions you can't really make this sort of judgement on what they could achieve. Remember they have spent half a season coached by a long ball merchant without a target man and the other half by the village idiot.

I suspect by the time Carver's record breaking run started a lot of players didn't listen to him. Not a great attitude from players I agree, but a damning indictment on his positive motivational skills, let's face it they must have been baffled when they read his views in the newspaper, in January they are good players, in April they are not Premier League standard.

Some are not good enough but most have some talent, it just wasn't utilised correctly by Charnley's puppy

Paul Patterson
Paul Patterson

Er Cheick Tiote? Siem De Jong? Moussa Sissoko?

Two haven't didn't kick a ball for six months at a time and Sissoko downed tools (along with a few others) for another seemingly never ending spell . .

Andgeo
Andgeo

Good topic of discussion but Williamson should be on a list all on his own!

GToon
GToon

You are about right with most but would like to see a decent manager give the players a decent chance first, not just playing time but coached properly too. Cabella, Abeid and Anita would do a lot better with a decent coach and playing style.

truemagpie
truemagpie

i think Mehdi Abeid still has a future .. may turn out to be another Fraser Forster 

Billy Goat
Billy Goat

Couldn't argue with your selections Dale I think you are spot on.

mentalman
mentalman

Abeid has been our best midfielder when he has played had Carver played him instead of Ryan Taylor we probably wouldn't have been playing for our survival in the last match.

Anita can cut it when played in the right system

Marveaux and vuckic haven't been given an opportunity to show what they can do

Again cabella will come good played in the right system

As for armstrong I've seen nothing that shows he's good enough for the epl, he's going to need a few seasons at a lower level before you can decide whether to keep him or not.

Haidara Is another one who hasn't really shown much he's weak in defence and isn't much better going forward

Steve1221
Steve1221

Abeid put in a couple of shocking performances before being dropped.

crediblejustin736
crediblejustin736

You mean falling over against man utd? Every great player has slipped before. John terry, Steven Gerrard

Steve1221
Steve1221

No I mean being atrocious for 90 minutes against Man U

Basileus
Basileus

Siem DeJong ? Has he kicked a ball for us ?