As we mentioned over the weekend, Joe Kinnear has been invited to a fans’ meeting tonight, set up by NUFC Fans United, who were responsible for negotiating with Newcastle and John Hall to get the old St. James’ Park gates restored and back at the ground.
Joe Kinnear – while manager at Newcastle
The main points that will be talked about tonight are the appointment of Joe Kinnear, the subsequent resignation of Managing Director Derek LLambias, and what this will all mean at Newcastle, and who is doing what to whom (so to speak)?
Spokesman for the group is Steve Wraith, and he had this to say today in the local press:
“It’s a coalition of support.” “We have built up a good relationship with the club recently which we hope to keep going.” “We’ve invited Joe Kinnear, and are waiting to hear back if he will attend.” “But there will be at least another two club employees attending.”
“If anyone wants to come along, get up and speak, they are more than welcome. It’s open to all fans. We’ve got club officials there who will try to answer any questions they can, and who will report back to Mike Ashley.”
“We want to try to generate some good ideas and see what the supporters want.” “We don’t have any ulterior motives from fans or individuals, we just want everyone to come together.”
“There’s some people who want Mike Ashley out, there’s some people who are happy with the job he’s doing in terms of the finances. That’s fine, everyone is entitled to their opinion.”
“It may be that something is done around the Braga friendly, and planning to boycott it, as some people are saying they want to hit Ashley in the pocket.” “But we will see what is said tonight.”
This is a good move by this group, who we thought was fairly new, but they’ve been working in the background for some three years now, and they are separate from the Newcastle United Trust (NUST).
We’ve never been too sure of what exact role the NUST is playing at Newcastle – but to their credit they seem to do some good work for charity – although a few years ago they were trying to get money from fans to buy the club – which we didn’t think was a good idea, or a good investment for fans.
The meeting tonight starts at 6:00 pm at the Labour Club on Leazes Park Road, and a big attendance is expected – but we’d be surprised if Joe can make it up from London for the meeting.
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