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Whatever happened to the Newcastle United Fans Forum? Mike Ashley refuses to honour commitment

2 weeks ago
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An official Premier League document laid out in September 2017 what each of the 20 PL clubs were doing in terms of interaction with their fans.

Information was supplied by each of the clubs and this is what Mike Ashley committed to.

The NUFC listing said:

‘Newcastle United

Fans Forum

The Forum meet quarterly and includes 16 fan representatives, most of whom are randomly drawn
from applicants who meet the criteria for each category.

Four groups have permanent representation on the Forum, including the Supporters Trust and the Disabled Supporters Association.

The club are represented by the Managing Director, Head of Marketing & Communications and other senior staff members.’

Since that September 2017 announcement/document from the Premier League, if Mike Ashley and his people had told the truth, it meanas we should have had at least eight Newcastle United Fans Forum meetings.

Instead, these are the dates when the Newcastle United Fans Forum have met since September 2017:

25 April 2018

24 September 2018

That is it.

Indeed it is even worse because before those two meetings, the previous one was held on 29 June 2017.

So in over 26 months there has been two Newcastle United fans forum meetings and it is now a year since the last one.

You would almost think that Mike Ashley and his people had things to hide and didn’t like allowing fans to question them.

Preferring to put out PR propaganda in friendly local and national media.

Why aren’t the newspapers, especially local ones, holding the club to account over the refusal to hold Newcastle United fans forum meetings, instead of just slavishly putting out the club propaganda?

Look at all of those empty seats at the Watford match, Newcastle fans are just absolutely sick of the way this club is run by Mike Ashley, on and off the pitch.

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