It all got a bit bizarre yesterday as Alan Pardew carried out his various filmed pre-Fulham press conference duties, only for straight afterwards the club to announce via Twitter the ‘Breaking News’ that both Loic Remy and Mathieu Debuchy were knackered and would miss the trip to Fulham.
Debuchy was said to have a groin injury while Remy had a problem with his calf, both players said to be going to miss the home matches with Palace and Everton as a minimum, along with Fulham.
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The club have made a big show this week of relaunching their Twitter account under a different name and trying to use it in a slightly different way, plus giving fans more ‘value’ through the service. By waiting until after the manager’s filmed press conference duties so that via Twitter was the first fans heard the news, has created a but of a bizarre situation.
I have seen various Pre-Fulham Press Conference video footage, including the near ten minutes or so piece that I PAY £45 to the club to have access to via their second rate TV channel, and absolutely no mention of the injuries and therefore no discussion by the manager as to how they would be dealt with.
We all know by now what little regard Mike Ashley has for the media but the fact is that it also impacts on all of us who rely on the various newspapers and tv stations to keep us updated, especially NUFC TV that I give the club £45 for to give me unique access blah blah blah.
It tells you also how stage managed the filmed press conferences must be, with the questions agreed in advance of going on camera.
So in order to promote the club Twitter service it meant Alan Pardew wasn’t asked on film about the selection conundrum posed by missing both Debuchy and especially Remy, injuries that the manager must clearly have known about when being filmed talking about Fulham.
Watching the interviews on the club’s tv channel before each match, nearly every single time he is asked about what the injury situation is in advance of the game, yet bizarrely that question isn’t put to him this time when there is ‘breaking injury news’ released straight after his press conference.
In terms of how uncoordinated the club is, they have this cloak and dagger announcement of the injuries but then nothing is done about how they are then promoting the matches both Remy and Debuchy will miss. If you go on the club website then everything relating to the promotion of our next home match against Palace, and trying to flog tickets, has Remy’s face all over it.
Yes great giving a better Twitter service to the fans, but you can’t just do that in isolation, and as for it then meaning the manager can’t talk about the injury situation until the club gets its Twitter exclusive – well that is just an own goal.