This morning has brought the depressing news that following Mike Ashley’s decision to ban the local newspapers because he didn’t like what they printed, the Newcastle owner has now banned the only elected Newcastle United fans body from contact and interaction with the club.
In a recently televised interview, the Newcastle United manager, Alan Pardew, in a rare moment of openness said , in addition to Mike Ashley not understanding the football business, that “When he (Ashley) is upset he does things that aren’t brilliant for the football club.”
Anyway, my guess is that the club will do its best to ‘chuck’ the next fans forum for any variety of reasons ,or perhaps kick the NUST off the forum .
Whilst I understand they (NUST) are permanent members, I’m sure the club can change the rules. Maybe they’ll insist that no information is released other than the official minutes which will be doctored accordingly.
Stephen Harmison; “The Trust is not a single-issue or a protest group, but an organisation that listens to its members and the wider Newcastle fan base and represents that to the Club. I, like all Newcastle fans, am keen to see the Club do well on and off the field and for the Club to work with its fans and the wider community for the benefit of the whole Club and city – which is something I know that the Trust has been doing for years.”
Rather than jump up and down in despair at what goes on at our club we need to get together as a responsible group to show that when the change comes, whether it be through a new owner or from a regulatory body, we are ready and should be a part of the set-up. The club has so much untapped potential and it’s the supporters who can unlock it.
Plans launched by Supporters Direct have been backed by MPs of all parties and would lead to supporters trusts such as NUST (Newcastle United Supporters Trust) having the right to be involved in the governance of their club.