Ashley Must Communicate Much Better With Newcastle Fans

We remember a couple of years ago in the summer of 2008, when Kevin Keegan was told by the Newcastle Board that he couldn’t talk about any transfer targets at all.

Mike Ashley – better communication is a must

And Kevin, who was usually very open with the press, was essentially kept in tethers during that summer, and couldn’t speak much at all about what people wanted to know about – the transfer market.

With the statement on Sunday night the Newcastle Board seem to have been able to confuse everybody, and they presumably want to be more transparent about things.

And how come Chris Hughton, who usually speaks almost every day to the press, been very quiet?

We saw today that the Newcastle Journal has been refused for a third time a clarification on the statement “there is no plan for new capital outlay on players”

So the simple question is why don’t the Newcastle board clarify this?

With all the articles out on what that statement  really means, it can hardly have been clear the first time – so just clarify the statement – it’s that simple.

In the statement it says no Board member is available to talk to the press.

Why not?

Why doesn’t Derek Llambias, who has proved to be quite a good communicator when he has to be, give an interview and clarify the situation?

We think money is available for transfers, but it will have to be paid up front, so it’s not a capital expenditure which spans several years.  So if that’s the case why don’t the club come out and say that?

And we’ve never expected there to be a lot of money available for transfers this summer, and even think £10M is adequate for what Chris wants  to do with the squad.

Mike Ashley and his people have never been very good at communicating with the life-blood of the club – the Newcastle United supporters – but if they are going to stay around they must do a better job at that.

A simple clarification is all we are asking for – so what’s so difficult about that?

Comments welcome.

10 comments so far

  • lesh

    May 12, 2010 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #1

    Ed, it;s not worth getting uptight about it, it’s the way he is and it really must be in his own interest to employ the services of an official spokesperson to do the communicating for him.

    As long as Hughton knows what he’s got to play with and he’s happy to go with that, that’s fine by me.

    Let’s get the fans on-side before the frenzy of anti-Ashleyism derails us this year as it did in 2008/09

  • Solaidback

    May 12, 2010 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #2

    Ed, if the board or Ashley come out & say that there’s money for players but it spaid up front & not on the for ever ever, then other teams are going to put their prices up, so putting out a statement like the the first one will confuse them & when we go looking for players, we’ll get them at a reasonable price instead. lol

    As for the second statement about him not wanting his £111m back, now that is good news for the club 🙂

  • Solaidback

    May 12, 2010 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #3

    PS, the more we harp on about this, the more its going to get the fans wound up & the anti-ashley brigade will start to fester again.. lol

  • nightfa11

    May 12, 2010 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #4

    it’s probably for the best if they keep things unspecified (cos of media, fans, etc. to lower everyone’s expectations) & still try to surprise fans with some quality signings..

    i think they’re just trying to protect themselves in case primary targets turn us down..& we really have to sign players on loan (which is still way better then to spend millions on average players) & try to sign quality again next transfer window..

    just a thought..

  • Jamesthefirst

    May 12, 2010 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #5

    The Press Officer would have drafted and posted both statements. It’s he who has been a muppett the last week. Just replace him Ashley and bring in someone who knows HOW to talk to fans.

    As for signings:

    Jack Wilshire (loan)
    Tom Cleverly (loan)
    Tom Cairney (£3 million)
    Whittingham (£5 million) – Cardiff won’t go up
    Carlos Vela (loan)

    All would do nicely and would improve our SQUAD immensely.

  • Ericles

    May 12, 2010 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #6

    We must get behind Chris and the players. There is nothing we can do about Ashley’s lack of social graces. His inarticulate manner is his problem not ours. Whatever it is he has to hide it is certainly not his backside. He should be more up front – if you all will excuse the pun. We must save our voices for the terraces and our reasoned and reasonable blogs on this site.

  • richardj1986

    May 12, 2010 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #7

    the capital part is quite simple. Ashley in not going to invest the 25m per year anymore. but i believe we will still see new signings at St james park this year, 4 in 1 out.

  • noir9

    May 12, 2010 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #8

    If you look at how MA runs his other business interests & communicates with the business media you will see he is treating us in the same way. I don’t believe for a moment that he didn’t know what the reaction would be too his statements & the simple truth is that couldn’t give a monkeys who he upsets, never has & never will. He is a ruthless hardheaded businessman & the best we can hope for is that he has realised that the best way to make money out of the toon is to have a successful team on the pitch.

  • Captain Beefheart

    May 12, 2010 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #9

    When we needed the cash in January he delivered, that’s all I need to know.

  • Sgt. Heagerty

    May 12, 2010 at 10:43 PM

    Comment #10


    spot on mate…gotta hold steady all my brothers and sisters in the toon army. We cannot let this turn into our last premier league run where we were protesting and all kinds of crazy stuff during the season and at games (even if it is warranted). We have to focus on being the 12th man for this club because we are going to have to carry this team through our first year back. It’s gonna be tough make no mistake about it, and the support of 50,000 passionate geordies at St. James’ is a must for survival and the millions around the world as well. This other stuff will sort its self out. I know its hard to trust ashley after what he did but we have got heal this wound lads before we bleed to death. The money will be there for the gaffer if he needs it have faith. Cpn Beefheart was right on, in january we didn’t think we would have any money and ashley came through i suspect the same will happen this time just don’t hold your breath for a 10 million dollar player. The squad we have has heart and will fight it out to keep us up and i believe that with a couple key players we will be fine and i think ashley will get them. If this statement he released would have been a little easier to understand everything he said about our club was positive. If we support ashley (as long as he continues to do right by the club) i believe he will get us out of this whole we are in (that he dug) and 5 years from now we will be in the champions league. Now come on toon army, show the world why we are the greatest supporters on earth and lets get behind the lads and the board room until they do something in concrete that deserves to be dealt with. Right now nothing bad has happened.

    Toon Army for life!~!!!


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