Newcastle Board Answers Due Out Today

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?

12 comments so far

  • Dannyo

    Sep 10, 2011 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #1

    Story of the week for me. Chronicle usually releases their web articles around 1 pm don’t they?

  • Ollieh51

    Sep 10, 2011 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #2

    I’m assuming that these are coming out in the Chronicle?

  • kjartan

    Sep 10, 2011 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #3

    Something in the newspaper today?

  • Graeme

    Sep 10, 2011 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #4

    I’m sorry, but as much as I want to know what’s going on at the Club, I simply have no expectation of “Truth” emanating from the Board.

    Neither the Owner, or his mouthpiece seem to have the slightest idea how to manage a Football Club; Have no idea what the club means to the Thousands of fans on a global basis. Even worse, they just do not seem to care.

  • shawzie100

    Sep 10, 2011 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #5

    I think we are kidding ourselves if we think we are going to get the answers we want. These people dont give a hoot about the club and will answer questions with questions. All I’m expecting is lies and no direct answers

  • Daft_lad

    Sep 10, 2011 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #6

    The questions posed are hardly cutting to the core and all invite the inevitable ‘political’ response….Llambias won’t need to lie, he’ll easily side step those questions as they’re not specific enough….he’s not been nailed down here and has plenty of scope to answer…..are these really the best questions that fans asked or are the Chron playing a few tricks to secure their scoop? We’ll get little enlightenment today

  • mattnufc

    Sep 10, 2011 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #7

    Lowering attendences and suddenly our questioned are answered? Coincidence much??

  • ArtyH

    Sep 10, 2011 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #8

    Lets be fair most of the questions asked are not specific enough and as said above can easily be defended. Were the questions asked taken from the sheet waving chav’s outside SJP during a protest? Q’s 5,8,9,and 13 are the only relevant one’s IMHO.

  • Aaaser

    Sep 10, 2011 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #9

    this will be interesting…..

  • magpiebop

    Sep 10, 2011 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #10

    Time to get behind the clubs policy of self sufficiency. At the end of the day Ashley is the money man, Lamearse is in charge of spending his money, Pardew is the team manager and the players in my opinion are pretty decent players. The fans well we’re simply the greatest.
    We are progressing simply because our squad is much bigger wii our academy seemingly much better and a string of younguns ready to break through and hopefully Pardew has the courage to give them a chance. We should maybe be a little more patient we are progressing in my opinion.
    Get behind the club and the team and except Ashley as there is no alternative and should he bring success will we still still want one?


  • stuart no9

    Sep 10, 2011 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #11

    The reason they are giving answers behind closed doors is simply because we can’t see their faces when they are telling lies . they know eyes and faces tell the truth ,NOT the answers they give .don’t give these scubbags another chance , time is really running out, for our club

  • Lee Dodd

    Sep 10, 2011 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #12

    We need a Striker is Oberfami Martins Free Still ??? Did Birmingham release Him ?? get him on a Free Sell him for £5 million end of the season !!!!


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