Thou Shalt Not Twitter About The Newcastle Club


The Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has said the club has now issued its players with formal legal warnings about the dangers of using social networking sites.

Here’s another fine mess you got me into

This has come about because of  tweets issued via Twitter by both Jose Enrique and Joey Barton, and young Nile Ranger even tweeted about it being a laugh that he couldn’t even get a game at Newcastle these days.

The Newcastle players will not be able to talk about the club, the management, the ownership or anything connected to the club, and this has to be bad news for the gossip press.

All they had to do was become a follower of Joey Barton on his Twitter account, and as soon as the latest tweet was sent out, it was immediately headline news – so easy.

Alan did speak with Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, who wonders how players have the time for all of that stuff, and official letters have been now sent to Newcastle’s players on the correct use of social networking sites.

This is what Alan said yesterday:

“I spoke to Sir Alex Ferguson, and United’s policy is that nobody at their club can comment about the football club on Twitter,”

“It’s in breach of contract if you are criticizing the owner, the masseur, a player, anyone at the football club. Giving out injury news causes problems too.”

“We’ve notified the players this morning. They’ve probably seen it as another sort of dictatorial moment from us but we’ve had to issue them legally with a letter to say this is not right.”

“It’s a breach of contract and you have to understand you’re going to be fined and disciplined for that. It can’t happen.” “Sir Alex shared with me quite ferociously how difficult this Twitter issue is for clubs, particularly managers.”

“The problem I have with this new medium of Twitter is that people are twittering in an emotional state.” “Putting something out instantly can be very, very, damaging – not only to a football club but to any organization.”

Alan Pardew played down the arguments he had with Joey before, during and after the game on Sunday afternoon at Leeds United, and said in the normal course of events that should have been cleared up on Monday morning in his office.

Pardew seemed to understand players get emotional when things don’t go their way, but all hell broke loose on Sunday evening when Joey issued those tweets that severely criticized the Newcastle Board and they continued this week too.

Once again Newcastle have made the news for all the wrong reasons, but hey, a decent win tomorrow afternoon and a good performance by the side will go a long way towards restoring order and some spirit on Tyneside.

That’s what we want to see.

Comments welcome.



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31 comments so far

  • Indian Magpie

    Aug 5, 2011 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #1

    does that include us to. thou cd mean any 1

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  • Indian Magpie

    Aug 5, 2011 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #2

    too.

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Aug 5, 2011 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #3

    Sounds fair to me, the company I work for is not internationally known or anywhere near as large as NUFC and we have a similar policy after someone slagged the managers off on Fakebook, they, like Barton, were given their marching orders.

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  • Magpietillidie22

    Aug 5, 2011 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #4

    About time, plus anyone who claims NUFC are gash for doing this and its more MA cover up etc etc just read the bit where the advice came from Sir Alex ….

    A good move by the club. Fed up with our players making the club look a laughing stock

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  • dmac

    Aug 5, 2011 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #5

    Not really anyone Indian when it said it breaches there contract. Are you contracted to nufc?

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  • WWJBD

    Aug 5, 2011 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #6

    Seems fair to me

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  • Indian Magpie

    Aug 5, 2011 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #7

    i was only joking

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  • UpTheRoad

    Aug 5, 2011 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #8

    Think about it, if you slagged off your boss or your company who pays you, surely you would be shown the door? As fans we see it differently when really it’s just the same.

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  • Andy

    Aug 5, 2011 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #9

    Shoud’ve been a rule put in place by the premier league for me. But wth. Pardew doing the best he can speaks well bit too much sometimes but he’s no puppet

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  • h-train

    Aug 5, 2011 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #10

    I honestly hate what twitter has done, I mean most footballers do tend to beleive that the world revolves around them, and all this has done is boost their already considerable egos and give them the means of self righteous justification, even in scenarios when it’s blatently stupid to do so….

    The worst thing about it though is the stream of smug crap that the likes of Rooney and Ferdinand spew out. They seem to think that they’re are the most intersesting people in the world and we should all have to look through the window into their lives just to be reminded how envyabe their life is.

    Don’t even get me started on Robbie Savages…..

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  • Klatoon

    Aug 5, 2011 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #11

    Is Tiote back in the UK? I’d want for him to play against Fiorentina and see how he does alongside Cabaye. This partnership could be key to our season

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  • UpTheRoad

    Aug 5, 2011 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #12

    Also this whole Barton nonsense is a wake up call for Joey himself. He wanted a 4 year deal, the club offers him 3. The club want him to stay but aren’t willing to spend 4 years worth of wages and risk not having a sell on fee. There’s a stalemate yet it’s obvious the club and the fans want him. What happens? Nothing. The club wait for an opportunity to surprise Barton – a wake up call if you like. ‘Allegedly’ being fed up and letting him go for a free knowing others won’t pay his wages and take a chance and knowing Barton wants to play. This hopefully encourages Barton to wake up and sign the 3 year deal. If he refuses like an idiot, Ashley saves £3 million in fees over the next few years. I don’t particularly like Ashley but I think what he’s doing is quite clever with this one. This strategy has worked in the past e.g. last season with Rooney and Ferguson. Keep the faith lads, keep the faith.

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  • WWJBD

    Aug 5, 2011 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #13

    For me the worst thing about football is the huge distance between fans and players now a days

    So I don’t mind twitter at all. I think its quite good to have footballers on there long as they remember what they are saying is in black and white

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  • BigKirky

    Aug 5, 2011 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #14

    http://m.youtube.com/watch?gl=GB&hl=en-GB&client=mv-google&v=8FLsaPilQVg&fulldescription=1

    looks a confident lad in that vid and someone likes him enough to edit footage of him. Can’t recall being too impressed with him when I’ve seen him, but hey, tiote wasn’t playing first team at twente either.

    I actually think that in general, loaning with a definate option to buy excellent as its win win really. If hes poor then we dont get lumbered with him, yet if he performs well we get to sign him.

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  • beefman13

    Aug 5, 2011 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #15

    i agree totallty that this tweeting lark should have severe restriction on its use ,those players at the toon get paid fantastic money , we only dream day after day what itmust be like to play in front of the sjp crowd how lucky are they, for me it goes way beyond lottery wins, just give your heart and sole for the club you lucky buggers, let the people who run the club run it dont get above your station, in life we all get hacked off at stuff, but these kids who play pro football are so blessed you cant believe, and for me a lot of the time spoilt self centered people.

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  • Indian Magpie

    Aug 5, 2011 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #16

    I have realised 1 thing that we all can moan and groan about everything newcastle until the cows come home.

    ashley isnt going to care. he is a billionaire fine he does hiss stuff.

    i bet he has raked in enough money from NUFc that he will be breaking even if NUFC went defunct.

    we can get our voices hoarse. it will not maater to him. the sad thing is not much we can do.

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  • dave 1961

    Aug 5, 2011 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #17

    a twitter ban could never be enforced as article 12 of the human wrights act, sets in law your right to freedom of expression, and no contract can override this, it is enshrined in law. the first player to take action will win, its totally black & white, and no civil contract can override the law. even a code of conduct could only be advisory that’s why the players appeal the fines and get the money back. the only way a club could win would be to transfer list the player.

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  • MacToon

    Aug 5, 2011 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #18

    Although some tweets can be entertaining it was only going to end in tears.

    Can only agree with the clubs stance on this, not banning from twitter altogether but stopping them from talking about their clubs.

    I only ever looked at JB’s twitter and now I don’t even have to do that.

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  • beefman13

    Aug 5, 2011 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #19

    Alan Pardew just a little word , you refered to man utd as UNITED!!! i know not on purpose but that is like saying there is only one UTD always irks me when i see that.

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  • BigKirky

    Aug 5, 2011 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #20

    Shaqiri wud do nicely for me. Hope Ashley does spend some money on someone tho. Thing is, he sits and watches the game like we do, surely he would prefer to see a better standard of player. Need players in now tho. Literally now.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Aug 5, 2011 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #21

    indian amgpie

    how would he be breaking even with us, if NUFC went defunct !!!

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  • JackButler

    Aug 5, 2011 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #22

    Yet again we are mile behind a well run club, why do we have to wait for an issue before we put a something in place?

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  • Indian Magpie

    Aug 5, 2011 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #23

    i am saying he would have earned enough money if NUFC went defunct……. lets say 2morrow. season tickets hasnt spend on anything. PL Money. etc………..

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  • toon-crazy

    Aug 5, 2011 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #24

    just to let you’s know , if you’s have a look on the ssn transfer center , there is news about barnetta and he has been in talks with us , BUT he has just gotten injured so he could be rulled out for 3 weeks , and he is just focusing on getting fit again , so the toon are hopefully doing somthing right , HOPEFULLY

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  • JackButler

    Aug 5, 2011 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #25

    toon-crazy if he is injured then we will sign him 😉

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  • roshan MAGPIE

    Aug 5, 2011 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #26

    waiting for the game against arsenal

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  • CynicalasEva

    Aug 5, 2011 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #27

    can yuo geet tickets on the gate for the fioratina match ??

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  • sirtoongospel

    Aug 5, 2011 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #28

    On the transfer front, seems to me as though even decent cheaper options are being ignored. I am certainly not a doom monger like some but DJ Campbell for 1.2 million would have been a great addition. I understand that the regime dont want older players on long term contracts on big wages, but Campbell has gone there on around 15k a week supposedly.

    They could have signed him and looked to bring Bellamy back on loan to play one game a week and look after his injuries. Hardly breaking the bank. We need experience in one or two areas.

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  • UpTheRoad

    Aug 5, 2011 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #29

    Normally Cynicalas, I am

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  • Marty-Toon

    Aug 5, 2011 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #30

    TWITTER!!!
    In other words that is Lambias 🙂
    Biggest TWIT goin i`d say

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  • Rowan Milsted

    Aug 5, 2011 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #31

    As I stated in the previous blog, this is my opinion:

    As for players being banned from discussing the club on twitter- absolutely! What’s the problem? Human rights my toe. They can tell the whole world about their new pet dog, their upcoming holiday or the fact they just had a really nice leg of lamb for all I care, but you do not discuss the internal workings of your place of business on a social networking site- it’s really that simple. Ask yourself this- if you went on twitter and called your boss names, slagged off your place of work and genearally drew negative attention to it, surely you would expect to get in trouble for it, most likely sacked. And if that happened, there’s no way you could cite the violation of human rights as an excuse! How about the violation of business ethics and code of conduct?

    Also, I think that many have criticised Pardew on the grounds that he appears weak, needs to grow a pair etc. Well, here he is taking the bull by the horns and taking some affirmative action and people are saying he’s violating the freedom of speech! He’s just trying to deal with this problem and help stem the flow of negative press that we’re all sick of.

    Ed, your next blog should have the headline: Pardew- Ashely puppet or Enemy of Human Rights?

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