Good First Step By Newcastle Board To Listen To Newcastle Fans


It’s a very good move by Newcastle to at last listen to the concerns of their fans, and although long overdue, it’s nevertheless a positive first move.

Derek LLambias – will listen to Newcastle fans – good!

The Newcastle Managing Director Director Derek Llambias and the Newcastle Board have agreed to answer the fans’ questions, and they can submit their questions via the Evening Chronicle’s website.

The plan as described by the Evening Chronicle today is that the 12 most popular questions will be submitted to the Newcastle Board, who will then respond.

Newcastle fans are unhappy at the lack of a top number 9 striker at the club, but since Ashley has been the owner, things have been made much worse by the club’s unwillingness to engage the Newcastle fans.

We hope this is the first in a number of moves by the Newcastle Board to listen to the fans more, and go forward together.  There were only just over 42,000 fans at the last home game against Fulham, and that has to be a worrying sign for the club.

This is a good move by Newcastle, and the fans also have to play their part too, and not let their anger affect them too much, but its going to be very interesting to see what the top 12 questions turn out to be.

And it will be even more interesting to see what the club’s answers are to those questions, and possibly we can then understand better the club’s directions.

It would be good if say a small group of three or four fans could meet with the Board face to face, to go over the 12 questions and then hear the responses from the Newcastle Board directly.

We’re sure it would be easy enough to get three or four fans who would be willing to meet with the Board and represent the Newcastle fans.

But of  course they cannot then accost the Newcastle Board members, and  it would all have to be done professionally, which we’re sure it would be, with the appropriate people representing the fans.

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There’s no doubt this is a positive first move by the Board and it should be well received.

Get those questions in.

Comments welcome.



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64 comments so far

  • catchy in norway

    Sep 3, 2011 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #1

    yeeeee right 🙁

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  • dannyhunt

    Sep 3, 2011 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #2

    Listen? no, attemp to prevent a massive revolt? yeas! 1st? skinful

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  • dannyhunt

    Sep 3, 2011 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #3

    bollx. 2nd

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  • catchy in norway

    Sep 3, 2011 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #4

    no 1 question should be ,,,, when are you leaving 🙂

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  • LewSpi

    Sep 3, 2011 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #5

    2nd and 3rd for you dannyhunt, I sense champagne?

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  • thebionicMAG

    Sep 3, 2011 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #6

    I really don’t see the point in this. we’ll moan, they make excuses that we’ve heard before…

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  • WWJBD

    Sep 3, 2011 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #7

    My questions would have to be censored that much no one would understand them

    However top question will no doubtedly be where exactly has our money gone? Not just the AC money but every penny of income the club has made last season!

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  • catchy in norway

    Sep 3, 2011 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #8

    :p 1stttttttt

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  • Spuggy

    Sep 3, 2011 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #9

    What Ashley needs to understand very quickly is a low strict wage structure is ok for most players, but not for those 2-3 world class start that all teams need.

    With the top 5 now spending like there’s no tomorrow is DOENST WORK – the world has moved on.

    Now I could forgive MA if we didn’t have £35m in the bank to spend, but to fail to spend it because of a nonsense wage structure that has no relevance if you want to challenge the top 8. Success begets success.

    We are always gonna be a 10-20th team unless we buy that extra quality – usually in CM and CF positions. If we spent the Carroll money, Ashley would not have needed to spend a penny of his own money this tranfer window and could have had….

    – Nzogbia instead of Obertan
    – Shane long and Erdinc
    – An additional Fullback who can cover CB (Peiters)

    We would easily be a top 8 team and that would generate more success and more money.

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  • sammydolan

    Sep 3, 2011 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #10

    Fluffy bulls*it from them….

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  • belter99

    Sep 3, 2011 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #11

    Very smart move.

    Lets hope the questions are sensible ones and not asking why we aren’t qualifying for the champions league every season.

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  • Ah, but will the questions be answered?

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  • Dannyo

    Sep 3, 2011 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #13

    It is a step in the right direction, they can however answer any question in a very clouded way.
    Which is what i expect they’ll do.
    Ofc, they can’t go into what exactly player earns and etc, but fees and such they should tell us about.

    In any case, however “muffled” the answers are, it’s a step in the right direction, and by doing this several times over and having communication towards the fans, apart from AP, will encourage more open-es with time

    This is a good thing, whichever way u look at it.
    Provided that it’s followed up with more communication from the club.

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  • belter99

    Sep 3, 2011 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #14

    My question would be –

    do you think the team we have at this present moment reflects on the amount of money we have to spend?

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  • niafron

    Sep 3, 2011 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #15

    Bonjour messieurs.

    Did you get fine weather in England?

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  • That site must be taking a hammering. Because I can’t get it to open.

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  • Dannyo

    Sep 3, 2011 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #17

    MY question would be:
    How the hell is Santon wearing a NUFC shirt in the banner?
    Those cheeky photoshoppers….

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  • WWJBD

    Sep 3, 2011 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #18

    Would of been a good move to keep us in the loop after we were relegated instead the links that were there they burnt and we were told to f off

    For me now this is all window dressing to try and stop the uproar that rightfully should come to light and the boardroom has burnt its last bridge

    They can jog on

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  • Solaidback

    Sep 3, 2011 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #19

    You don’t honestly expect anyone on here to come up with any sensible suggestions for questions to ask the board do you Ed… lol

    The sensible fans don’t use these blogs/forums to express their disgust at the board, the only questions that will get asked are those proposed by people like Steve Wraith, Lee Ryder & other supposed journo’s.. us common fans won’t get a chance to ask any questions & even if we do, the chances of them getting to the board are none existent imo…

    My question if I was allowed to ask it would be:

    To help our club advance, we need proper footballing people on the board, why haven’t the club employed a footballing Chairman like David Dean instead of our current chairman??

    So you see, questioned like mine won’t get picked to be answered!!

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  • Geordie John

    Sep 3, 2011 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #20

    Too little too late.

    Rather than answer screened questions, the scum in charge of the club should leave and never come within 100 miles of Newcastle again.

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  • ogsvaldo

    Sep 3, 2011 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #21

    4 years too late in my opinion…….

    top 12 questions vetted by Llambias!

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  • Dannyo

    Sep 3, 2011 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #22

    @WWJBD

    If it can be resolved peacefully, we should it encourage mate.
    U rarely get anywhere putting hard against hard, both sides will end up getting hurt.
    This is probably the last chance we have at making a decent attempt at communicating with the club. The silence treatment has been going on for 4 years now.
    We’re well within our rights to cause hell on earth for the board, but if they actually intend to answer 12 of the most posed questions by NUFC fans atm, i’ll be happy to listen.
    Ofc, we can’t continue giving them chance after chance, but the board has never done anything like this.

    I’m praying they’ve learned from their mistakes, or it’ll end up hurting both parties allot.

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  • Widowmaker

    Sep 3, 2011 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #23

    Pointless. I am sure they know why many of us are not happy.

    While it is a sensible to control the cost, there should be no excuse of failing to find a replacement after 7 months. They must start learning the running of football business or just simply find someone can.

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  • WWJBD

    Sep 3, 2011 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #24

    Do you know the words to the blaydon races?
    Do you know what this club means to Newcastle?
    Do you realise we aren’t part of sports direct we are a football club?
    Do you know people bleed black and white because of this club?
    Do you know we are some of the most loyal fans in football?
    Do you sing along with the chants in the stadium?
    How did you make so much money when your, let’s face it, not the sharpest tac in the box?
    Did MA know his father or is his song completely correct?
    Has MA ever heard of weight watchers?

    Some suggestions

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  • MacToon

    Sep 3, 2011 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #25

    Ed, there is already an avenue open to discuss related problems with Llambias but from what I am aware and heard about previous meetings with him he seems like such an odious character I for one would not want to discuss anything with him but there are people who will.

    This question thing is going to be watered down, a chance for the club to have carefully prepared “spin” replies. Still it will be interesting.

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  • LewSpi

    Sep 3, 2011 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #26

    How long are they going to have to answer these questions? Because, the way I am looking at it is, there are going to be 12 questions submitted in writing, and they will go away (probably for a couple of days), get a P.R. wiz, to meander around the actual point of the question, and return with 12 very vague answers or as Dannyo writes it “muffled”.

    Fair play if this isn’t the case however, and they respond ina ggood and proper way. They obviously don’t have the cajones to confront the fans as KK did regarding the sale of Cole, however this is what the fans would most like to see.

    My question would be “why has the current board got so many Newcastle United “greats” and respected people publicly criticising them, men such as Alan Shearer, Kevin Keegan, Lord Alan Sugar to name a few?”

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  • NathanH NUFC

    Sep 3, 2011 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #27

    I understand, and respect what Ashley is doing, in the long run, it will benefit Newcastle, he doesn’t want to splash big, that’s understandable, but if he is unwilling to pay 15M for someone like Cisse, who can only benefit the club, then he needs a rethink. More goals means more points, more points means higher league position, which equals more money. And if he’s not careful, our big players will start to leave because of lacking ambition…

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  • niafron

    Sep 3, 2011 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #28

    Well, questions would not replace a look on the account book.

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  • swisstone

    Sep 3, 2011 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #29

    Might be a bit of a controversial one this, and totally off point, but I can’t understand why people are so up graham carr’s backside??

    What has he actually done, identified Tiote? Thats all. Ben Arfa was well known in european football and our other signings are either known PL players (obertan, ba) or totally yet to prove themselves. Cabaye has had a promising start but can’t help but think the general negativity round the club is making him appear more of a positive than he otherwise would have been.

    I just don’t get how he has such a strong reputation.

    Even Tiote has struggled so far this season – one season wonder??

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  • Mags

    Sep 3, 2011 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #30

    Correct me if I am wrong, but haven’t we been down this same road before?

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  • WWJBD

    Sep 3, 2011 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #31

    Dannyo
    Problem is every question will be screened and every answer will just be a fluffed up piece of crap…or another lie

    If they come out and give us real truthful answers then fair play that’s going to help build a relationship again but THEY have never wanted that so why all of a sudden would that change? Imo it wouldn’t this is just another way to keep us quiet

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  • spitfire_

    Sep 3, 2011 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #32

    10 000 empty seats… what do you expect. I agree that this is a good start, but it will be good if this starts in 2007 when the fat bastard buy the club. Souds like too little too late. If we must wait another 4 years for the next 12 questions… wtf.

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  • Mags

    Sep 3, 2011 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #33

    Also, Ed you so made me laugh with the last part of this blog, despite the seriousness of it all. 😀

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  • MacToon

    Sep 3, 2011 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #34

    My 1st question.

    Having failed to fill the number 9 shirt even though it’s been empty since Feb, was it the failing of Carr to find a suitable replacement or the failing of Llambias to actually sign them for the club?

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  • Widowmaker

    Sep 3, 2011 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #35

    swisstone,

    I am with you. Successes of Carr is partly a propaganda carefully planned by the board imo. Don’t get me wrong, I am sure he is a great scout to have worked for Spur and Sven, but he is no magician.

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  • Paul Collins

    Sep 3, 2011 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #36

    One of the Main Questions to ask Mike Ashley is whether or not he is running the club for the long haul, or until he’s made back the money he’s already put in + a bit of Profit. I would just love to Know what his intention’s are for the club!!

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  • joppadoni

    Sep 3, 2011 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #37

    building bridges with some fans has passed im afraid.

    ashley needs to step in and sling more millions to appease some. not sure how much a few failed PR stunts from a few years ago costs these days. i looked on ebay but there was nowt. lol

    seriously though my first question would be :-

    do you understand why a lot of supporters are turning backs on the board and what is the plan to rectify it?

    we need the barryvenison and GBS and mactoons and the boaters of this world to be impressed with some sort of action if the clubs going to go anywhere. just because i dont agree entirely with the thoughts of some fans i definately know their opinion counts and matters to the success of OUR team.. hopefully they can do something, i think though the hatred runs too deep now. i hope i am wrong.

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  • weatherman11

    Sep 3, 2011 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #38

    Unfortunately you have just lost all credibility with this naive and completely gullible article. Newcastle United are run by a set of financial gangsters who are using this ploy as a deflection of the avalanche of criticism heading there way. They are playing games and you have just become another one of their puppets.

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  • joppadoni

    Sep 3, 2011 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #39

    Carr’s success is no propaganda movement. how could it be? the evidence is on the field for all to see. the guys hard working, genuine and comes across very honest.

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  • MacToon

    Sep 3, 2011 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #40

    joppa, I hear what you are saying but I have to say the majority of people we are dealing with in our “group” campaign and other fans groups etc. are all mainly mature guys with decades of following the Toon, who now are probably in better financial situation to support the club but all feel conned by Ashley and who now refuse to throw our money at him.

    Your question @ 37 is as valid as I’ve seen.

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