Former Newcastle goalkeeper Tommy Wright has talked to Lee Ryder of the Evening Chronicle today and has talked about the lack of communication from the club to the Newcastle fans.
Manager Hughton surrounded by Newcastle fans
Tommy has paid tribute to the Newcastle fans today, for following the lads last season so well, but he thinks better communication is necessary from Mike Ashley and company.
This is what Tommy said today:
“The fans, well what can I say?” “They stuck with the team despite all the problems, which didn’t surprise me one iota.”
“When I played the crowds did drop at the bottom of the old Second Division, but we were still capable of pulling 25,000 people.”
“Then when Kevin came in they went up to as many as you could get in the ground, first 32,000 and then up to 36,000 and when I came back the second time up to beyond 50,000.”
“I think any club that has the crowds like that will have the fans thriving to know what’s going on. You can’t ignore them.”
“They are entitled to know what the plans are and you’ve got to be open to them.” “There are plenty of media outlets available these days to do it, so it’s not hard to spread the word.”
“If you keep the fans informed they will respect that and they like to know what direction the club is heading.”
“We had Sir John Hall arrive when I played there and he was a delight in terms of PR.” “He told everybody what he wanted to do and how he was going to do it and I think the public in Newcastle loved him for that.”
“From what I can see there is a lack of communication there and to be honest I’m not even sure if he (Mike Ashley) wants to sell up because he won’t come out and talk.”
Mike Ashley has never been good at communicating with the fans, and we don’t know if he wants to remain fairly quiet and not tell us what’s going on – or whether it’s because he’s just a hopeless communicator.
For instance, why on earth will he not come out and say if transfer money is being made available to Chris Hughton this summer?
He doesn’t have to say much, and he could say it’s a small amount if indeed he is trying to keep the prices of some of our targets down.
But poor communications always has consequences, and anybody in business will tell you when the communication is poor so goes the affinity and reality.
So it’s not surprising how lots of Newcastle fans still dislike Ashley – and are not sure what he’s even thinking.
But Mike can vastly improve that by communicating better and a lot more often with the faithful Newcastle fans – if he wants to.
We have to hope this does not fall on deaf ears.