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.