Fans Vent Their Frustrations To Newcastle Officials


There was anywhere from 250 to 400 Newcastle fans who took the opportunity to attend a fans meeting last night in the Newcastle city center, with two officials from Newcastle United, so that some questions could be answered coming out of the shock appointment of Joe Kinnear as the new Director of Football just over a week ago.

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Joe Kinnear – couldn’t make the meeting

The Head of Media Wendy Taylor and the Supporter Liaison Officer Lee Marshall represented Newcastle at the meeting, which was set up by the NUFC Fans United supporters organization.

As half expected Joe Kinnear was not able to attend the meeting, but Joe sent a message to the fans via his representative at the meeting – Eddie McIntyre – that Joe would be willing to attend any future meetings.

In TV interviews before the meeting, representatives of NUFC Fans United made it clear, to their credit, that they wanted a professional meeting, and they were not at the meeting to insult Newcastle officials or anything like that, but wanted to set up a mechanism or means by which the club and the fans can talk through various issues.

Eddie McIntyre spoke in support of the new Director of Football,  but he was continuously heckled as he tried to get his message out:

This is some of what McIntyre had to say:

“You are asking why Joe Kinnear didn’t come here. He was going to come. Since Joe was appointed, he has never had a day off. He was going to come up on Sunday night and going to come here.”

“I spoke to Joe Kinnear and he was waiting to be picked up by Graham Carr, who lives in Northampton. He was picking Joe up in Mill Hill and they were having a business lunch, which will go on tomorrow . That’s the reason Joe hasn’t been able to come.”

People at the meeting say there was a lot of heckling going on when Eddie was trying to speak – and it’s an understatement but Joe Kinnear is hardly  a popular guy on Tyneside.

Graeme Cansdale of the Mike Ashley Out Campaign had this to say:

“It isn’t just about Joe Kinnear“ “That is just a symptom of the self-inflicted catastrophe that has come upon Newcastle United.”  “There are a whole catalog of them and they have all came under Mike Ashley.”

NUFC Fans United Steve Wraith, who was widely quoted yesterday on what the fan organization was trying to do at the meeting and in future meetings, had this to say:

The NUFC Fans coalition is an umbrella group and we meet once a month.” “We have some pro and some anti fans towards Mike Ashley.”

“We are here to build up a relationship with the club and have already had some success with smaller issues like bringing the gates back to St James’ Park.”

“We are working positively with the club and Wendy Taylor and Lee Marshall are regular attendees of our meetings.”

Our feeling is that this was a very important meeting for fans to talk straight and professionally to Newcastle officials, and get the views from the fans passed on directly to Mike Ashley and Joe Kinnear.

The best thing would be  that both Joe Kinnear and Mike Ashley attend one of these meetings with the intent of answering the fans’ questions – but we don’t think Ashley will ever attend a fans’ meeting but Joe will.

An alternative would be to get written questions submitted by the fans and get some answers back.

But by one way or another,  communication has to be increased between the fans and the Newcastle officials – and its been non-existent for the last six years since Mike Ashley bought the club.

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167 comments so far

  • These meetings are rubbish, Mike Ashley does his own thing with our club and has proved this for years now.

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  • scout

    Jun 25, 2013 at 12:01 AM

    Comment #2

    No day off???
    Wow
    These people are so divided from the real world it’s untrue, he’s only been there a week a something

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  • scout

    Jun 25, 2013 at 12:04 AM

    Comment #3

    Imagine if Ashley turned up, that would have been brilliant.

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  • stuart no9

    Jun 25, 2013 at 12:05 AM

    Comment #4

    as expected , joe fu//king queer didnt turn up as he was having lunch in london, and thats going on tomorrow????? he is a tw/t.
    This meeting could have been a good thing for him to express himself , however, he chickened out like the coward he is . F..k off ya fat ba//ard . Another pardew at the club- no balls.

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  • Graeme

    Jun 25, 2013 at 12:07 AM

    Comment #5

    Without a doubt, Mike Ashley, as an individual and the owner of NUFC, has absolutely no interest in what fans think of his actions, or lack thereof.

    As far as he seems to be concerned, it is his toy and he WILL do whatever he thinks is right, whenever he chooses to do so.

    It is even more likely to continue in the same vein, once the improved TV payments start to be paid to the clubs as he could then have a stadium, empty of fans and still make more money than the club did at any time in the last 5 years.

    It would certainly be of great interest if the owner of the club could spare a few minutes of his precious time to set out just what it is he is trying to achieve at NUFC, if anything.

    We can but hope.

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  • scout

    Jun 25, 2013 at 12:09 AM

    Comment #6

    What do people expect him to say even if he did turn up? I’m all for the meetings to ask questions but I wouldn’t expect answers to everything you ask, that wouldn’t happen anywhere and rightly so

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  • soundoid

    Jun 25, 2013 at 12:09 AM

    Comment #7

    If any of you go to the next meeting and JFK is there go easy on him. He has a heart condition. ‘NEWCASTLE FANS KILL JOE KINNER WITH QUESTIONS’ Would not be a good headline:)

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  • stuart no9

    Jun 25, 2013 at 12:18 AM

    Comment #8

    graeme —–even old players of the club are coming out and saying what we have known for a long time , that now is payback time for the grief we give him a a couple of years ago. NUFC ? not interested !.He hates us as much as we , or most of us hate him. – fine by me – i will still be here long after hes gone. It is a case of going with it untill he decides there is” no more fun in upsetting the geordies and gets bored , which he will. untill then- i will watch him make a tw/t of himself in front of every football supporter in the country, and people will realize what a 22 carot sh/t head he really is

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  • q8igeordie

    Jun 25, 2013 at 12:28 AM

    Comment #9

    I want to apologise for what happened earlier today .. it was not my intention to disrespect or theaten anyone on here … ive already cleared things up with ed ..

    Thank you ed for your understanding, I will be more respectful and understanding .. even if some people are racist .. I should know better .. I apologize again for any disrespectful comment I have unintentionaly made

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  • ChicagoToon

    Jun 25, 2013 at 12:35 AM

    Comment #10

    Ok. Some of you don’t make sense. Either Ashley is a money grabbing c1nt or he wants to spite the fans. Can’t be both. If he sprites the fans to doom the club he loses money. Im no Ashley fan but I think he wants stable success he just hasn’t a clue how to run a club.

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  • soundoid

    Jun 25, 2013 at 12:37 AM

    Comment #11

    Lads, I’ve worked in the media for 15 years working with top business people. The problem with Mike Ashley is he is A/ psychopathic or B/ has aspergers. He has no empathy! Many top business leaders have these problems. He doesn’t understand why we get so mad when he makes insensitive decisions. It’s not that he doesn’t care he can’t.

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  • stuart no9

    Jun 25, 2013 at 12:41 AM

    Comment #12

    chicago– why cant he be both ????

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  • LeedsMag

    Jun 25, 2013 at 12:42 AM

    Comment #13

    Just seen an article saying Amaltifano and Abeid are free to leave.When all the dust over Kinnear has settled, the danger is another summer just like the last – promising young foreign talent cheaply scouted,never played or developed and sitting around in the reserves – no one coming through to challege the first team and no true squad strengthening.
    I dont see the Ashley plan(if there is one) showing any progress

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Jun 25, 2013 at 12:46 AM

    Comment #14

    Chicago

    We’ve a squad and a manager that could achieve mid table with minimal problem. That way Ashley can make big money, while still making ridiculous decisions to make us a laughing stock.

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  • ChicagoToon

    Jun 25, 2013 at 12:49 AM

    Comment #15

    Cause there’s more money to be found in a winning club. At the very least when he does sell up

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  • q8igeordie

    Jun 25, 2013 at 12:51 AM

    Comment #16

    Chicago … exactly .. some idiots here are blinded by their hatred of ashley

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  • soundoid

    Jun 25, 2013 at 12:55 AM

    Comment #17

    q8igeordie

    Frest out of rehab eh. Their are no idiots on this blog just ‘interesting’ points of view. Have some respect.

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  • spitfire_

    Jun 25, 2013 at 12:55 AM

    Comment #18

    So the distance between Newcastle and Northampton is so big that Kinner can’t travel it between tonights and tommorow’s noon… nice. In what century do we live?

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Jun 25, 2013 at 12:56 AM

    Comment #19

    Chicago

    In order to be a “winning” club that would require significant further investment both in the first team and strengthening squad depth.

    Never going to happen.

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  • stuart no9

    Jun 25, 2013 at 12:57 AM

    Comment #20

    chicago – if he does decide to sell, the new buyer wont be bothered where we are in the league, or if we have won any sort of silver ware in the last couple of years – the most important – or one of the most important issues wil be , how many punters coming through them turnstyles on match days , and ofcourse still being in the prem – even ashley would make sure of that . So – midtable with a decent squad 52,000 idiots every week – good product.

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  • q8igeordie

    Jun 25, 2013 at 12:58 AM

    Comment #21

    @17 dont start .. I wasnt talking to you .. unless youre one of those idiots

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Jun 25, 2013 at 12:59 AM

    Comment #22

    Seems like the troll hasn’t learned anything, even after he’s been told off by Ed.

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  • ChicagoToon

    Jun 25, 2013 at 1:00 AM

    Comment #23

    So then he’s unambiguous. Not spiteful?

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  • q8igeordie

    Jun 25, 2013 at 1:01 AM

    Comment #24

    Ed apologised in behalf of the racist people here .. get your facts right rudypig

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  • kizza

    Jun 25, 2013 at 1:03 AM

    Comment #25

    You lot are funny. The proof is in the pudding with Kinnear. When has us lot bitching ever changed anything. Kinnear could sort things out…yes …its a long shot.
    As someone who plays poker with Mike Ashley every now and again I can tell you that he is a bit of an arse, he loves to be center of attention and tell storys with always highlight what he has got (helicoptor, cars). He does want Newcastle to do well and he generally believes only a small percentage are “ungreatful drama queens” but that his club are supported by honest working class people.

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  • stuart no9

    Jun 25, 2013 at 1:03 AM

    Comment #26

    q8i – your apology didnt last long then ?- again you go on about us idiots blinded by our hatred for ashly – your right , i do hate him – now shut the f//k up

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  • q8igeordie

    Jun 25, 2013 at 1:03 AM

    Comment #27

    Chicago … he might just surprise us .. the transfer window hasnt even started yet

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Jun 25, 2013 at 1:03 AM

    Comment #28

    He’s both unambitious – as demonstrated by the penny pinching frugality, and holds the fans in contempt – as shown by renaming the stadium, degrading 2 club legends, associating us with Wonga, hiring JFK.

    Your initial point was he cannot be both a “money grabbing cnut and spiteful”, whereas I think it’s been demonstrated that he can, quite easily.

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Jun 25, 2013 at 1:05 AM

    Comment #29

    Here we go with people who have the inside track…

    Lads he’s a troll, if we don’t engage q8i, he will bugger off. He’s a very sad little boy.

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  • q8igeordie

    Jun 25, 2013 at 1:05 AM

    Comment #30

    Stuart … I apologised because I wss wrong .. I didnt recieve an apology from those racist comments made towards me.. glad you know youre an idiot

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  • kizza

    Jun 25, 2013 at 1:07 AM

    Comment #31

    He believes this appointment will work. He trusts kinnear and finds him a good laugh. So I would say kinnear is a man whose company Ashley does enjoy…. if anyone can convince Ashley we need decent signings…its Kinnear

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  • soundoid

    Jun 25, 2013 at 1:07 AM

    Comment #32

    Mike Ashley is a winner… in business. The emotive world of football is another matter he dose want to win, in but on both fronts the club as a money making venture and as a football team. Buying 5 player in January showed that intent and on both sides of the equation. He didn’t want to loose the lucrative media deal. Most of his thinking is bound up by these two ideas. Which is where his problem is. Abramovich is the same kind of animal but Chelsea is his fun play thing not a business venture like a rich mans pissing competition. Our owner dosen’t look at it like that. He still belives he can tame the beast.

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  • q8igeordie

    Jun 25, 2013 at 1:07 AM

    Comment #33

    Chicago .. rudy has been talking sh*t fo4 a couple of months .. he just hates mike ashley .. and wants nufc to do bad just to prove his point .. dont waste your time on smbs

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Jun 25, 2013 at 1:08 AM

    Comment #34

    Q8i

    No one mentioned your race. No one was racist. There was a comment that was borderline sectarian, so you could claim to be a victim of sectarianism.

    I seriously don’t think Ed apologised to you on anyone’s behalf.

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  • Bearsize

    Jun 25, 2013 at 1:09 AM

    Comment #35

    Joe obviously is waiting until he makes a few signings before he speaks again. It wasnt until we signed 5 frenchman and beat villa then chelsea mr lambeezy did suddenly pop up with a ‘yes it was me who done this’. They always hide when the chips are down.
    Mashley has to put some real money in for joe hopefully as joe needs to save face

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  • q8igeordie

    Jun 25, 2013 at 1:09 AM

    Comment #36

    Rudy .. please dont talk to me

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  • stuart no9

    Jun 25, 2013 at 1:10 AM

    Comment #37

    chicago— i think hes just a c..nt

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  • paul24

    Jun 25, 2013 at 1:10 AM

    Comment #38

    It doesnt matter what part of the table the club is finishing in as long as merchandise turnover is good and the yearly revenue shows the club is making a profit. He wont spend big money to try and get the club fighting near the top of the table because its just too much of a finacial risk. All Mike Ashley sees this club as is an investment.
    The fans, the history and the heritage are just elements to be used in marketing to try and further his brand. The man is a f*****g parasite.

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  • kizza

    Jun 25, 2013 at 1:11 AM

    Comment #39

    Pardew will be sacked if he finishes 11th this season…thats for sure. Mike refferences europa as that “micky mouse euro bollocks” so to me thats either 1st-4th or 7th-10th.

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  • q8igeordie

    Jun 25, 2013 at 1:11 AM

    Comment #40

    Soundoid .. well said I agree

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