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Comment: Mike Ashley must attend Fans Forum

6 years ago

Revealed today that Lee Charnley has written to the NUFC Fans Forum members offering an earlier date than the scheduled meeting to discuss their concerns.

The Newcastle United Managing Director’s letter was sent out before the latest pathetic defeat to Swansea and is reproduced below.

Charnley’s letter is in response to the Fans Forum unanimously agreeing the need for answers to various questions and which was communicated to the club via an open letter (see below) earlier in the week.

The crux surely of the matter is when the supporters said that ‘We would very much prefer this statement to come from Mike Ashley himself’.

To me, Lee Charnley’s offer of yet more flannel from the club is a waste of time and Mike Ashley has to attend any meeting with the Fans Forum for it to have any value whatsoever.

I really hope the Fans Forum members collectively reply and say they are happy to meet the club but ONLY if Mike Ashley is committed to attend.

The Newcastle United owner found time to meet the new Rangers board this week and surely meeting Newcastle United fan representatives for the first time in EIGHT YEARS isn’t too much to ask.

Whilst it appears he has given the last two home games a miss, any potential claims that Mike Ashley doesn’t have time (a bit like meeting MPs…) must surely be dismissed as it’s not unreasonable to expect that the owner can’t attend at least one of the two remaining home matches and can surely spare time to meet the Fans Forum when he is on Tyneside, unless of course there is no serious intention of taking notice of fan concerns…

Lee Charnley letter to NUFC Fans Forum members

“In order to discuss the issues you raise, I intend to bring forward the date of our next Fans Forum meeting which was originally scheduled for the end of the season.

“I am sure Forum members past and present will agree that the Club has been open and transparent during all interactions, including meetings and correspondence, and this next meeting will be no different.

“In my opinion, the introduction of the Forum has been productive for all the parties involved and, as we move forward, the Forum will continue to be one of our preferred forms of fan communication and engagement.

“With five games now remaining of the season – including three at St. James’ Park, I would ask you, indeed all supporters, to get fully behind John Carver and the players as they look to finish the season as strongly as possible.

“When St. James’ Park is loud and supportive of the team on the pitch, it does make a huge difference.”

“We accept mistakes have been made and understand you raise these issues because you want the best for your football club.

“Please be assured we want the same – we want to give you a football club you can be proud of and a team you feel passionate to support.”

NUFC Fans Forum open letter to the club 21 April

“Whilst we fully appreciate the club’s view on fan communication, we feel that the time has come to show our fans respect and make some kind of ‘statement of intent’ outlining your proposals to overturn the negativity surrounding NUFC.

“We would very much prefer this statement to come from Mike Ashley himself, owner of NUFC.

“This statement should include:

A) The club’s view on the boycott of thousands of fans at the weekend. What plans do the owners and operators of NUFC have to correct the current plight that we find ourselves in?

B) The reason why Jonas Gutierrez was left out of the squad. Despite Jonas stating that he was not injured, it was clear that Jonas was one of very few players that could be described as giving his all at the recent derby loss. Was the omission connected, in any way, to a comment he made on social media?

C) As the players appear to be playing without any leadership and discipline (Sissoko/Collocini/Cisse bans) what is the plan going forward in relation to the head coach role? At our recent meeting, Lee Charnley stated that: ‘We asked John to look after the team for the remainder of the season and told him to make sure that we had a decision to make’. There appears to be several sources stating that they believe that John Carver will be head coach next season. Can you confirm that those ‘rumours’ are 100% inaccurate?

“We are in total agreement that we feel that it is appropriate to ask for an urgent response. Any suggestion that we should wait until our final meeting of the year would be met with our overwhelming disapproval.”


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