Life under Mike Ashley rolls on.
This is the 12th season of his reign and the lack of investment in the training ground, St James Park, and the Academy, has been shocking.
This is without even mentioning the Newcastle United first team squad.
For those of you on Twitter, you have no doubt seen fans posting photos of neglect at St James Park.
A lack of pride in the cleanliness and look of the stadium, as well as many instances of signs, posters and announcements that are out of date by months, and in some cases by a year..or years.
It won’t be because those who work there don’t care, more a combination of Mike Ashley running the club with a skeleton staff and no proper executive management team to ensure the club is ran to a certain standard.
I’m guessing there will be many individuals working lower down within the club who will feel just as embarrassed, if not more so as the supporters.
On this theme, you just have to look at the official club website.
Well into the season now and as you can see on the tickets section, images of Chancel Mbemba and Massadio Haidara being used to promote the selling of tickets for home and away matches.
As for the Newcastle United fans forum, we all know how much contempt Mike Ashley and his minions have for the fans prepared to give up their time and energy to take part. Not having a single meeting for the whole of last season until safety was achieved in April, whilst the first one of this season that had been scheduled for four months, was cancelled at the last minute to prevent any awkward questions being asked.
On the official club website nobody bothers to update anything, listing the fans forum members who were involved back in 2016 for the Championship season:
Then in the NUFC official website write-up ‘About the Fans Forum’, they still refer to ‘the most recent forum in August 2016’, we know they aren’t keen to hold them and are keen to cancel but they don’t quite go over two years without one…yet.
No doubt some of you will be saying these aren’t the most important things to be bothered about but if you can’t even make an effort and keep on top of these most basic and simple jobs, what chance is there of Newcastle United getting things right in the more important/vital areas?