The latest Newcastle United Fans Forum took place on Thursday and the club have released the headlines ahead of the minutes from the meeting

Considering it is the first meeting of the Fans Forum in over six months, you have to say the headlines/highlights are pretty poor.

Not one word on the state of the art training facility that should have been completed a couple of years ago but put off due to relegation fight(s).

This investment was said to be what would enable Newcastle United to compete in the future…

The club claim that attempts were made to buy players in January in contrast to newspaper claims that Mike Ashley had put the block on money being spent and Rafa saying he didn’t know why his targets hadn’t been brought in.

The club also claim that progress has been made on a new shirt sponsor now that Wonga can’t afford to continue after their current deal ends this summer BUT nothing has been agreed as yet. Despite having already told fans that Mike Ashley wasn’t going to rename St James Park once again, the club have repeated this.

In addition, the club say that they have sent representatives to look at the safe standing trial that Celtic are carrying out this season BUT aren’t going to take a lead in pushing for this to happen in England, preferring to wait and see what happens elsewhere. Wouldn’t it be great if our club took the lead and offered to host a safe seating trial in England, if/when it gets the go ahead.

Newcastle United Fans Forum official headlines:

Current season

As part of the Fans Forum meeting, club officials and fans reflected on the current season – including the recent January transfer window.

The club emphasised that firm attempts had been made to strengthen the first team squad during the most recent window and confirmed that plans were now progressing for the summer, with manager Rafa Benítez working with Lee Charnley and the scouting team.

However, the club reaffirmed that its primary focus at present is on achieving promotion back to the Premier League and highlighted the belief in the current squad and the strength of the players within it.  

New sponsor

The club confirmed that positive progress has been made in relation to a new main shirt sponsor for the 2017/18 campaign, with an announcement to be made as soon as it is in a position to do so.

It was also confirmed that the stadium’s name will not change from St. James’ Park in relation to the new sponsorship.

Stadium enhancements

The club explained that members of the senior team had paid a productive visit to Celtic Park to explore the merits of safe standing, but that it will await the outcome of current pilots and legislative discussions before further investigating viability.