The official NUFC Fans Forum have finally called Mike Ashley’s bluff.
Whether fans boycotted Sunday’s match against Spurs or not, the feeling amongst ALL Newcastle supporters is one of despair and total disillusionment at what is happening under the club’s owner.
No doubt thinking they have nothing left to lose and the prospective humiliation if they were seen to be doing nothing by their fellow supporters, the NUFC Fans Forum have demanded answers directly from Mike Ashley himself.
The three areas of concern outlined are the overall running of the club and what will happen moving forward, the position of Head Coach/Manager, plus the mystery surrounding the treatment of Jonas Gutierrez who wasn’t even on the bench on Sunday despite being fit.
The NUFC Fans Forum open letter to Mike Ashley:
“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.”
Up in Glasgow, when the officially appointed Rangers Fans Board challenged what Mike Ashley and his allies were doing at Ibrox earlier this season, they were disbanded by Derek Llambias.
The NUFC Fans Forum now find themselves in a similar position and surely if Mike Ashley doesn’t allow any kind of satisfactory response to this club appointed (members chosen by NUFC) group, then the Fans Forum members will have no option but to resign en masse.
Whilst many fans have been frustrated that the NUFC Fans Forum members have allowed themselves to be used for the club propaganda for so long, credit to them that finally they have had enough and decided to act.