Information Vacuum Exists At Newcastle Club

We aren’t the only ones who are struggling to find meaningful news about Newcastle United these last few weeks.

Mike Ashley – why will he not talk to Newcastle fans?

It’s probably the slackest time we’ve seen in our over three years online reporting on the news on the club, and Neil Farrington of the Sunday Sun has an excellent article out today basically asking why Newcastle will not give out any information about what’s happening at the famous Tyneside club.

The only outlet at the club there seems to be is Chris Hughton, the manager, and after a few days of interviews you realize that Chris is saying the same thing – the club will not do much business in the transfer market  for a good few weeks.

And apparently the Newcastle club have also complained about some recent reports to the press, about Newcastle going after various players in the transfer market.

But Newcastle fans, especially in the summer, want to know what the club is doing – especially this year after such a terrific comeback season.

And the club is the 4th best supported team in the land, and that’s when we were in England’s second division, and had bigger home crowds than both Chelsea and Liverpool.

We would love to see Mike Ashley and the Newcastle Board be more media friendly  – and fan friendly too.

The Board had a black out on communications when the club went up for sale in September of 2008, after Kevin Keegan left, and after that they admitted that was a big mistake – that they had tried to lay low as it were – but it doesn’t seem that they have learned from that  experience.

Some of their statements – when they do make them – which is not very often – come across as not too fan friendly and very defensive.

We would recommend that the club bring in some PR experts, who can tell them they have to communicate more with their customers – what a concept!

And that to have almost a complete boycott on Newcastle news just doesn’t work for the fans – and it certainly doesn’t work for the club.

This is no more than basic customer relationships, but the current Board are failing badly at something which at the Newcastle club, should be very easy.

After all the fans love the club.

Comments welcome.

18 comments so far

  • Purely Belter

    Jun 6, 2010 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #1

    sorry guys. when the club put out that statement about what intends to do with its transfers a while back i posted a comment saying that it looks as if mike ashley is trying to communicate more with the fans.


    mike ashley is clearly thinking about his other business interests ahead of the club

  • GeordieTartanArmy

    Jun 6, 2010 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #2

    WHY CAN YOU NOT REALISE THAT CHRIS HUGHTON IS NOT COMMUNICATING WITH FANS EITHER????? – the only things he is saying in the media is negative things like players he is NOT after even though half of them players are players we can get.
    I respect CH for what he has done but he needs a pro assisstant manager to mentor him and help him develop – but there are major issues surrounding him and the only way he can declare he is fit for the job is by bringing in some good players – moulding them into the squad and helping us survive next season in at least 15th place. Otherwise, we need to drag in someone who knows and loves nufc to the manager position and give them a long term contract.

  • Ericles

    Jun 6, 2010 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #3

    Sadly CH is fast becoming no more than Ashley’s ventriloquist dummy. At least it seems that way. I hope I am wrong. Of course it may mean that CH is not really being told anything himself. Surely the local press will soon give up asking him anything at all – they may just as well repeat his previous comments ad infinitum.
    ” Yes but…no but…er…er…yes but…er no comment…no money…er um no idea”

  • nightfa11

    Jun 6, 2010 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #4

    why would he talk to the fans? he hired people who decide what needs to be said & say that for him. he’s the his job is to hire people who he trusts & support them in difficult times.

  • sirjasontoon

    Jun 6, 2010 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #5

    I believe Nothing MA says anyway-changed his tune and lied to often to be trusted ever again.

  • Charlietoon

    Jun 6, 2010 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #6

    Maybe he thinks ‘well you no what I did not say a word last season and we won and everything was great so we made a statement to let everyone know what our plans are and since then it’s been a complete sh1te fight…I’m just going to shut up and let everyone wear themselves out’

    I can see where Ashley is coming from and thats saying something

  • Ericles

    Jun 6, 2010 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #7

    Where are all the Ashley fans on this blog coming from?

  • SupaMag

    Jun 6, 2010 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #8

    What are they not telling us? What do we know?

    1) The club financially is bombed out and depleted
    2) We’ll spend very little if anything in the transfer window.
    3) The clubs goal this coming season is to stay up.

    There it is. It sucks, but I think that is very clear.
    Its obvious that the definition of communication to most people is telling you what you want to hear. Big tranfer budget, big ambition, and we dont give a @#$% about money.

    We know were in for a nailbiting season. Deal with it.

  • geordie deb

    Jun 6, 2010 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #9

    Problem is SupaMag, so many people are used to gobby FFS, who couldn’t keep his mouth shut, talking absolute drivel to anyone in the press who would listen, that we now have gone to the other extreme and no-one knows anything. Personally, i’m ok with the fact that we aren’t hearing info leaks every 5 mins regarding the goings on at SJP like we had under the last regime. I don’t think Ashley needs to say anything, he is the owner, but he needs to make sure the people he does employ are capable of communicating for him, and therein lies the problem.

  • flair20

    Jun 6, 2010 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #10

    “Mike Ashley – why will he not talk to Newcastle fans?”

    Perhaps because every time he does the fans slate him, or because he’s sick of all the abuse he gets subjected to? He’s made mistakes and he’s held his hand up and apologised, but he’s now doing a good, sensible job of running the club – and still the fans chant “fat cockney b*stard” at him. If you moved down to London to start a new job, made some mistakes in your first couple of years but then started to improve and did a really good job for a year or so, but your colleagues continued to call you a “fat geordie c*nt” and constantly shouted at you to “get out”, how much time would YOU want to spend having nice, cosy chats with those people?

    We have no money to spend because there is no money available to us – how’s that for complicated logic?? WE HAVE NO MONEY. The main reason for that is Freddy Shepherd, not Mike Ashley. In previous years, we needed to be sensible with money but Shepherd still spent money we didn’t have – and look where that got us, the club’s finances are a mess – we are lucky to even have a club. Forget about us becoming the next Portsmouth, Portsmouth might have become the next Newcastle if Ashley hadn’t been stupid enough to buy the club in the first place. We need to be sensible with money this summer and, thankfully, the club is doing exactly that. I’m sick of people moaning and complaining about us not splashing the cash on this superstar and that superstar. Hughton has said we won’t sign anyone for a while, so just sit back, enjoy the World Cup and be patient. The very last thing our club needs is this kind of pointless, unproductive negativity.

  • lewman

    Jun 6, 2010 at 8:49 PM

    Comment #11

    i think that freddy just liked putting bids for players he knew he wouldnt get like roonie and ronaldinho just to look good to the fans. he would get a good team and then not add to it when we had a champions league qualifier (apart from bowyer on a free) to play.

    maybe this way we will all be ecstatic when we pay 7 million for a semi decent or up and coming striker and 3 million for an unheard of foreign midfielder and get another 2 on frees or loans. but i honestly think our team has improved enough to stay in the pl next season as it is but surely ashley wouldnt be stupid enough take that gamble no matter how many pints he downs in one

  • Solaidback

    Jun 6, 2010 at 10:13 PM

    Comment #12

    Ashley is damned if he puts out a statement, damned if he doesn’t!!! Some people criticize anything he says & moan when he says nothing, so what your really want is for him or one of his cronies to come out & tell us all what we really want to hear but then if he did, he’d be criticized for lying to us because we know that it’s not what he will do, so how can he win???

    It’s not that we’re Ashley fans Ericles, it just we don’t see the point in slagging him off in every post & just let them get on with what it is they’re doing behind those closed doors 🙂

    as for the Sunday Suns report Ed, the guy only wrote that because he can’t think of any other crap to write about us & the reason is is because if the crap-loids didn’t have a dig at us with any smidgen of information they get, we’d give them more but after years of being slagged off in the crap-loids, I’m not surprised that Ashley has ordered a blackout on press reports, good on them I say 🙂

  • Sav

    Jun 7, 2010 at 3:19 AM

    Comment #13

    To Supamag (post 8):
    The problem is, some would argue that your
    2nd point (We’ll spend very little if anything in the transfer window) is at odds with your 3rd (The clubs goal this coming season is to stay up).
    As we’ve just copped for a windfall in the region of 50 million, I cannot see how we can be completely skint. I do know we are at least 50 million better off than we could have been had we not come up, and 50 million better off than we could be next year if relegated again.
    Do the math, Ash.

  • Bao Zheng

    Jun 7, 2010 at 3:35 AM

    Comment #14

    The club has told us:
    1) They have no intention of committing financial suicide
    2) So don’t expect any more of the big signings strategy that got us broke and relegated
    3) Do expect to see the kids coming through
    4) The clubs goal for 2010/11 is to stay up
    5) And the only person saying anything about anything is Hooton so all else is BS.
    That seems to me to be a clear statement of a good strategy. Supporters can enjoy their holidays and the world cup. Hooton works on pre season. And the only people with a problem are cockney keyboard chimps from the mail and sun who are looking for a hammer to hit us with and people trying to win awards for the most hits on their web site. If there’s no news, sit back, relax and enjoy the world cup.

  • cyprus

    Jun 7, 2010 at 7:48 AM

    Comment #15

    Bao Zheng has summarised it all well. And the Sirjasontoon-type attitude is the reason we hear nothing. Before you get on your high-horse, what would u do in his place? He got a broke club, tried his best, made mistakes (including hiring an inexperienced manager just to please us- this manager relegated us, not the owner), tried to amend them, allowed coach to make shrewd purchases mid-season, we got promoted with first try, he got zero credit. He lost big time on NUFC (money, reputation, even fear) and you people insist on below the belt silly attacks (fat, cashley etc). Your constant complaining only damages our club and brings unrest with the slightest of problems- because u r very ready to attack, aren’t you now?

  • Ericles

    Jun 7, 2010 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #16

    It is sad that some on this site – vis a vis Ashley’s posturing – have become apologists for the worst owner NUFC has ever had. I respect their opinions as fellow bloggers but their fawning support for the carpet-bagging position of Ashley takes some swallowing. Apologists for a man who holds fans, supporters, Geordies where ever they are, the proud heritage of Tyneside, in complete contempt. I will say no more on this. Let us wait and see what the fat man in cheap sports clothing does next. There seem to be a few on here who will be chewing their words of patience for Ashley come the start of the season. Adieu.

  • jimiley

    Jun 7, 2010 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #17

    Well said Ericles.
    The fat man is a disaster for this club. he is contemptuous of the fans, hence the no contact or deliberately contradictory contact. Lets be patient nonsense is making me vomit. You know he will buy nobody or at best other clubs’ rejects, and still people are being suckered by this guy. I now understand why he is a billionaire and most people are paupers.

  • roy cropper

    Jun 7, 2010 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #18

    15 & 16 well said.

    it’s easy to spot the ashley fans on this site , they all start off with – i’m not an ashley apologist or i’m no fan of ashley but blah blah blah , then go onto drool all over him.

    – i know who you are – i’ve got all your names in my little black book & when the day of reckoning comes you boys had better beware.


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