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NUFC & The Press and Jonas’ Argentine Folk Music

8 years ago
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In each issue of our magazine we feature an interview with one of the people who get paid to watch Newcastle United.

Being a journalist covering Newcastle United might sound like a dream job to many but what is for sure is that our interviews with the members of the press give some interesting insights into what happens at St.James’ Park.

In the new issue of The Mag out today, we talk to Simon Bird, ‘North East Football Writer For The Mirror’, below we bring you a couple of tasters of the interview and to read the whole magazine which as well as all the usual features has an interview with Run Geordie Run (AKA Mark Allison), you can buy single copies and subscriptions in our online shop.

Would you take Europa League glory AND Relegation, over Premier League survival?

This is a tough question. I’d take Europa League and fourth bottom. Relegation would mean debts and the break up of a decent squad which could take years to rebuild IF Newcastle bounced straight back, which is never guaranteed.

But winning a trophy might be a once in a lifetime thing. So relegation might be a decent price to pay for seeing such a monumental monent.

On balance, yes, I’d go for the trophy and relegation! Which is a stupid and reckless thought, but imagine that moment when it gets lifted and the parade in town. There’d be a week long party.

How would you describe the press relationship with Newcastle United these days?

I can honestly say it is excellent, and has been for the last two or three years. Newcastle appointed Wendy Taylor as head of communications and she really gets the job and what is required by all sections of the media. the biggest change has been the move from paranoia and distrust, to one of openness.

We may have battered this regime in the past but they have done a lot right in recent years and deserve credit for that. Wendy has fostered a really open relationship with players and we now all enjoy great access to players.

The highlight has been travelling on the club flight to European games. In the old days players would sit together at the front, and journos at the back, and only a few nods exchanged on the way up the aisle. These days we all mix in. The players simply don’t seem to mind us being around and we get a lovely insight into the different characters and personalities. For instance Jonas playing his Argentine folk music for three hours at full blast on the way back from Kharkiv!

Alan Pardew has been excellent too. He knows we need fresh lines and does his best to provide them. He is confident in front of the press and does his best to answer the questions with insight, even if they are difficult and critical.

New issue of our magazine (including the excellent Simon Bird interview) is on sale in all Tyneside newsagents from today (9th March), or order now online for only £3 (plus postage) Worldwide, delivery straight to your door , or why not start a subscription – prices from only £23.

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