The Evening Chronicle has today published the fourteen questions that will be put to the Newcastle United Board for answers.
Mike Ashley – why doesn’t he communicate with fans?
Apparently there were over 500 questions suggested, but the following fourteen were the ones that were most popular.
Here they are:
1. Where has the money that was pledged to be reinvested in the squad after the sale of Andy Carroll gone?
2. Why is there such a lack of communication with the fans from Mike Ashley and his board?
3. In 2009 you outlined your plans for the club at a fans forum. Can you give us an update on how you see our position now against that plan and if it has changed? What is the long-term plan for Newcastle United?
4. Can you justify why it took seven months to pursue a striker before failing at the eleventh hour to secure a signing?
5. Public opinion on Tyneside from large sections of fans is that they no longer trust statements coming out of the club after several empty promises. What assurances can you give fans that they can believe what the club tells them?
6. Given that level 7 was deserted in some parts at the Fulham game, is there any reason why those who want to sing can’t all be sat together rather than upsetting fans who don’t want to sing, which appears to be the problem in the Strawberry corner? What has caused the club to fundamentally change its stance to standing in the stadium?
7. Many fans clamoured for a marquee signing on the striker front. Are those days gone and can we expect more continental-based players coming in in January, if any?
8. Are you concerned about the 10,000 drop in attendance and that fans are either not renewing season tickets or have headed to support local non-league teams instead?
9. Is Ashley considering putting the club up for sale?
10. Newcastle United has the third highest attendances in the country, Sky TV and income from merchandising, plus a lower debt position than many in the EPL. Why in terms of player recruitment can Newcastle not compete with smaller clubs like Stoke, Fulham and QPR?
11. Are you aware of fans’ disgruntlement with the away ticketing policy given the Toon Army are amongst the most loyal fans in the UK, and will you consider reviewing the policy?
12. Alan Pardew said he was 100% convinced he would get a new number 9. What changed?
13. Why was Joey Barton allowed to leave for free and join a club that could be considered to be a rival in the Premier League?
14. Many fans now consider us to be a “selling club” after the departures of Nolan, Enrique, Carroll and Barton. How do you respond to this?
Those are all excellent questions,and question 9 is an interesting one.
We think if somebody came in with a £300M offer for the club, Ashley would probably be willing to sell, because he gets everything he’s put into the club back, and a small profit on top of that.
We wonder if Mike will realize at some point, that the evidence is in, and he’s just not cut out to be a club owner?
And that’s especially true at a club like Newcastle, where the fans are so passionate about their football and their club, but Mike never even talks to the fans.
That’s the single biggest mistake he’s made since he bought the club a long four years ago, and it makes everything just that little bit worse when there’s absolutely no effective communications between Newcastle’s passionate fans and the club owner.
This is an excellent opportunity for the Newcastle Board to start a dialog with the fans, but whether they will take it is another matter.