Malcolm Shiels, the Chairman of the recently created Newcastle United Supporters Club (NUSC), has come out and said a truce with owner Mike Ashley may be possible.
Malcolm Shiels told the Newcastle Journal today:
“I think a large number of Newcastle fans would be willing to accept Ashley back if he is willing to try and take the club forward again,” “What we want, more than anything, is to see an end to the state of limbo which has been so damaging over the last few months.”
“If he was to come out and say he can’t sell the club, but he is willing to come back and try again to get things right, he would be given a chance to do just that. “He has made mistakes and he probably knows it. If he was to actually come out and admit those mistakes and express a desire to look forward rather than back, I think most fans would be okay with that.”
“The most important thing at the moment is that Joe Kinnear is allowed to manage the side as he wants to. If Joe’s the manager he needs to be given money to spend in January – that’s imperative if the club is going to move forward positively.”
“If Ashley is willing to provide that money and allows Kinnear to control how he spends it, I think it will turn around for him very quickly. If Kinnear is allowed to offer new contracts to the likes of Michael Owen and Nicky Butt that will also be a big step in the right direction.”
“But Ashley has to come out and say this, he has to have some sort of dialog with the supporters to bring an end to this negative atmosphere.” “The main aims of the NUSC are to work positively with the owners and management of Newcastle United who have its best interests at heart, whoever that may be.”
“There is no doubt the situation and executive management actions before and after the Hull game led to the formation of the NUSC, and the NUSC led calls for Mike Ashley to leave.” “However, the overriding long-term aim and ambition is to establish a positive regular dialog with the board and eventually a representative place on the board giving a true Newcastle fans’ voice.”
“The biggest problem Ashley has is suspicion about his intentions has been allowed to fester because of the lack of communication from him. Since Chris Mort left we’ve had no dialog from any senior figure at the club.”
We think Malcolm hits the nail on the head that the worst thing the Board has done since May, when Chris Mort left, is not to tell the fans anything about what’s happening at the club, and after all we are all Mike’s customers.
And customers are one of the most important commodities of any business, so we would like to see Derek Llambias replaced with somebody who will be a better liaison with the fans. Even if he keeps Derek in that position then he could still appoint somebody who can speak to the public about what’s going on at the club, and regularly too.
When Mike did come out, when he announced he was going to sell the club, and said what he had initially wanted to do with the club, some of his thinking was very good.
But it was the first we’d heard of a lot of things, like giving £20M a year for transfers. That amount isn’t big but it’s also sizable in that we can always sell players to get new ones in.
The youth policy has worked very well indeed, and we did get 4 good players in the summer in Gutierrez, Coloccini, Guthrie and Bassong, which definitely strengthened the squad, but it is still too small in numbers.
We think it’s time for a truce, and it would be great if Mike gives Joe some money in January. That very act would tell fans he wants to improve the Newcastle squad, and that would be great, and would also help Joe a lot, who let’s face it, seems to have been on his own, since he took over the job.
In our poll, 58% would be willing to have Mike back watching the home games again, and maybe that should be the next step. But we somehow have to get the support back for this club, it’s just too great to let the bickering that’s been going on over the last few months continue for much longer.
And of course this would also help the players, who must also feel a little uncomfortable with the stalemate between the Board and the fans.
We only want what’s best for the club on this site, and what’s happened since September just isn’t.
Let’s get back together and move the club forward again.
Howay The Lads.