Getting beat on Wearside was bad enough but Newcastle United have also made the embarrassing decision to ban the local press of Thomson House (Journal, Evening Chronicle, Sunday Sun) from speaking to Alan Pardew after the match.

Newcastle_United_Protest_March_NUFCThe decision was apparently made pre-match and from reports agreed by Joe Kinnear, John Irving, Lee Charnley, the press office and Alan Pardew himself. Or if you want it in shorthand, Mike Ashley.

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This has come about because of the local papers coverage of the Time4Change march, which is quite hilarious in itself because most fans were of the opinion that the local papers were soft if anything in their coverage of the anti-Ashley march. With estimates from the Chronicle of 300 at the march compared to the general 500/600 from most others and up to a thousand from the police view. It also appeared in some photos in the papers that prominence was given to younger fans on the march who were also wearing the new shirts featuring Wonga on the shirts.

This incredibly petty move by the club is indicative of how out of touch they are and how badly they handle anything, as though those in charge haven’t got a clue…and/or possibly having to carry out ridiculous snap decisions made by a remote Mike Ashley.

Obviously the Chronicle/Journal/Sunday Sun were supposed to not mention the march at all, I don’t know which situation comedy/farce to best compare this to.

This is a total disgrace and hopefully will now open the local press’ eyes to the futility of giving the club an easy ride in the hope of speaking to Llambias/Kinnear every six months.

With Joe Kinnear named as one of the ‘decision makers’ in this move, while it is good to see him at last doing something, it does make nonsense of his claim that he is only there to help give Alan Pardew players.

As for Alan Pardew, the fact that he has gone along with this disgraceful decision says a lot about him, if this has been going on behind the scenes then it won’t have done the preparation for this match any good whatsoever.

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12 comments
Philippines
Philippines

I loved your book "The call of the wild" but your article here doesn't really say anything other than "I am disappointed'. The day NUFC become a 'cheque book' team like Chelsea or Manchester City, is the day I may finally give up after 51 years of following the toon. (Actually, I won't but I detest those teams who only get 'good' on the basis of money from crooks and sheiks).

magpiefifer
magpiefifer

Spot on Jack - I've not set foot in SJP since 2010 - and like you am an ex-season ticket holder.I have vowed not to be back until Ashley disappears,however long it takes!!

We deserve better than this dollop that he's rationing us with and should stay away until he changes (unlikely or what!) - or,preferably goes. 

Toonbadger
Toonbadger

That is just the long and posh way around,  saying he has killed the club and alienated the fans through GREED and money grabbing. I have better things to do that write all of that. 1 sentence would be enough

pauljj44
pauljj44

@NUFCTheMag wrap ye season tickets in put this years In the bin you know it makes sense time to stop club milking hard working people

trustedinmk
trustedinmk

An excellent piece I think this gets to the heart of the issue. 

If you look at how Ashley markets his SD stores they are never going to be seen as the top of the market, quality sports store. They service the discount stack it high and sell it cheap marketplace. But which ever way you look at it SD is a success judged on many business measures - market penetration, profit, cash whatever. Walk down any high street in any town which is large enough to attract the national chain stores and an SD store is likely to be among them.


And Ashley views NUFC the same way. He is not interested in it being the top of the market by buying and selling quality. He has got to where he is - successfully in his eyes - by taking a view that a lower level of mechandise will provide a better return.


Two issues with that view:


1. It only works by everyone involved being worked very hard. The CH4 program last night revealing what we probably already suspected.


2.Premier league football is an environment that moves far faster than high street retail. What passed as acceptable 2-3 years ago is far below that mark now.


The upshot is that the Ashley mantra is failing NUFC because those involved are showing themselves to be struggling to make the grade as regards Premier League. And the work rate, as seen by the on field debacle of the past two seasons, is not high enough. If the regime of the CH4 documentaty is to be believed and that is the mentality passed onto the club, players and staff are not going to want to do more than they have to.

Either Ashley has to realise that you cannot run a premier league football club this way and invests, or we will have to put up with the issues that are becoming all to visible over the past two seasons.

I am hoping that the 'relegation' fears we are now experiencing will make him realise that the risk of not improving the quality on the pitch will seriously risk the financial benefits on it.


He 'invested' when we were relegated last time as he could not cope with us being outside the cash cow that is the PL. Let us hope the fear of losing that again is enough of a wake up call.

LeazesEnder
LeazesEnder

Good post Jack, I wouldn't let Ashley wash my car..... now there's a picture to get out of your head!

Porciestreet
Porciestreet

A very interesting post, though i'm not so sure it will have much effect on those who make the same mistake week after week and expect the end product to be something different. Each to his own I suppose........!

HWTF............Ashley and Co out...............ASAP.