Bobby Moncur says that he never accepted Lee Charnley’s justification for Newcastle not trying in the cup competitions, especially the FA Cup.

The former United Captain hinting that Mike Ashley’s policy of ordering weakened teams was due to fear of injuries.

Having being named as part of the newly formed Newcastle United board, Bobby Moncur claims that a lot of people he has spoken to are really looking forward to the new season because of what Mike Ashley had to say in his speech before the West Ham match.

Bobby Moncur speaking to the Chronicle:

“One of the things which spurred me on was Mike Ashley doing his interview,  I have spoken to people who are really looking forward to it (new season) because he made a statement and now he has got to back that up.

“A lot of the supporters are buoyed up and looking forward to next season. At the end of last season it was a bit doom and gloom and now that Mike has come out and changed things around a little bit with a new coach, a new board, people are looking forward to it.”

Lee Charnley explains the Cup policy:

“All the fans say to me ‘All we want is to have a go in the FA Cup’ and I don’t see that as a big risk. I know there’s reasons given to me.

“There was a general trend of injuries but I said to Lee (Charnley), as an ex-player you are going to have to explain to me why we don’t have a go. He did, but I didn’t see it. The risk of injuries compared to the feelings of the fans and the bad publicity isn’t that big.”

The fans I talk to were surprised by Mike Ashley speaking in public for the first time but until he backs it up with credible signings then I don’t know anybody who is convinced that things have definitely changed. This includes a number of my mates who have received letters after Steve McClaren’s appointment, begging them to renew their season tickets after the deadline was put back by three weeks.

A decent number of them say they will renew, but ONLY if Ashley allows proper investment in the squad.

Other ones say they will probably go match but match but see how it goes, especially when it comes to what kind of team Newcastle put out when the League Cup kicks off in August.