Mike Ashley still has Newcastle United up for sale.
That was one of the very few interesting things to come out of the latest fans forum meeting.
It has taken a week for the minutes of last Wednesday’s meeting to be made public, after supporters hand picked by the club met Lee Charnley and other club officials.
With not a single previous meeting this season, the fans present had plenty of questions, but very little of interest forthcoming in the answers.
Apart from confirming that the club is still up for sale (‘The position as not changed’), Newcastle United claimed there is nothing they can do when the likes of Sky Sports choose to move matches for TV with minimal notice.
Club still up for sale?
PF asked if the club is still up for sale.
The club stated that the position has not changed and if or when there is anything to update, the club would do so.
SW outlined a number of fixtures throughout the season that had been rescheduled to the detriment of supporters. This included the recent match at Everton, which was moved from 3pm on a Saturday to 8pm on a Monday after tickets had gone on sale.
SW asked if the club can veto changes.
PF advised that the Premier League had recently suggested to fan groups that clubs do have a say when fixtures are rescheduled.
The club outlined the process of kick-off slots being approved and voted in by Premier League clubs.
As part of broadcast agreements, the Premier League and its clubs must use best endeavours to deliver the selected fixtures. The club explained that there are very limited reasons as to why a club could refuse a broadcaster request and this would unlikely be for any other reason that safety or policing issues.
The club understood the impact on supporters caused by the rescheduling of its match at Everton, which was way beyond the parameters set by the Premier League. Given the exceptionally late selection, the club committed to easing some of the financial burden on supporters left out of pocket after booking for the original date.
Extending Rafa’s contract?
Kris Woods (KW) asked if the club is making progress in extending Rafael Benítez’s
The club stated that the manager has a year remaining on his contract. As the manager has
publicly stated, discussions to extend his contract are ongoing.
Backing the manager in the transfer market?
PL asked if the club was willing to back the manager in the transfer market.
The club stressed that its conversations with the manager are ongoing and include discussions
around the transfer pot available.