Newcastle United have taken a calculated gamble and postponed the next Fans Forum meeting.

With United rooted to the bottom of the table, Newcastle officials including Chief Executive Lee Charnley were due to meet supporters this Thursday (15 October).

However, in an attempt to defuse criticism and give a more popular spin to the meeting, the club have put the meeting back until next Wednesday (21 October).

The gamble is that Newcastle will get three points in what has been billed as a ‘winnable’ game against Norwich City, a potential win which would almost certainly see United lifted off the bottom and help give the meeting a different complexion.

Newcastle United have regularly put back the Fans Forum meetings and towards the end of last season with the club in turmoil, they failed to have a meeting at all, despite Lee Charnley having pledged that one would take place to help address a large number of issues that Fans Forum members had, as well as the fanbase as a whole.

The Chronicle have also revealed today that Lee Charnley has turned down their request for an interview, meaning it is now nine months since they were granted an audience with the Chief Executive.

So much for his pledge in an email to fans that the club were committed to being more open and communicating better with supporters.

Obviously those in charge at the club thought it was too much of a risk to postpone the Fans Forum meeting until after the Sunderland match, a sixth derby defeat in a row wouldn’t bear thinking about and the club officials clearly not fancying the thought of meeting supporters in those circumstances.

Hopefully, whatever the resukt against Norwich, the Fans Forum members hold the club to account for the shambolic running of Newcastle United that has led to the latest crisis of relegation once again a real possibility.