Today should be interesting for Newcastle fans for one thing, the Newcastle Board are coming back with answers to the fourteen questions Newcastle fans put to them last week.
Derek LLambias – answers to be published today
And Lee Ryder in the Evening Chronicle has said the answers are not just pat answers, but contain some interesting stuff too, so that’s good.
We may be asking for too much, but it surely would have been an opportune time for Derek to be interviewed and talk about some of his written answers today.
But both Mike Ashley and Derek LLambias have refused to talk much to the Newcastle fans at all, in the four years Mike Ashley has owned Newcastle United.
Anyway, on the positive side, it’s a good move by the Newcastle board, after their failure in the transfer market to get in a good striker, and we should presumably get a better idea about where the club is headed, and what some of their thinking is.
It’s a step in the right direction, and we have to hope this is the start of improved communication from the Board to the fans.
Here are the 14 questions put to the Board last week:
1. Where’s 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 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 among 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?