Wendy Taylor is the head of media at Newcastle, and she and new Supporter Liaison Manager Lee Marshall have been communicating with NUFC Fans United for a while now, and helped to set up last night’s meeting with the fans.
Wendy Taylor – Newcastle’s Head of Media – with Bobby
Neither Wendy nor Lee spoke at the meeting last night, but they were there from 4:30 through 10:00 and were seen talking one on one with fans throughout the evening, and they will take back the views of the fans to the Newcastle Board and Mike Ashley.
This is what Wendy said in the Evening Chronicle today:
“Fan engagement is really important to us and therefore it is important that we come along to meetings like this and at the very least listen to what supporters’ views are and take those views back to the club.”
“We have recently appointed Lee Marshall as supporter liaison manager.” “His full-time role is to improve communications between the club and supporters. We have been sitting on groups like Newcastle Fans United for some time now and we are starting to make progress.”
It’s good that a Supporter Liaison Manager has been appointed, and although the meeting last night got out of hand a bit near the end, it achieved it’s purpose and we are told the fans put some great points forward.
The Mike Ashley Out Campaign took advantage of the evening to put forward a motion to get Ashley out of the club – since presumably that’s their only role in life – and it’s not surprising that it passed unanimously.
This is what Graeme Cansdale from the Campaign said before putting forward the motion:
“Mike Ashley has had far too many chances from the good people of this area and has continued to exploit their loyalty and devotion to the club with a crass and callous disregard for their welfare and opinions.”
What we’d like to see now is for Wendy to take the points forward and then get some official responses back to the fans.
Even a written piece that says why Joe Kinnear was appointed, what he will be doing, why he was appointed, what things he is going to fix and how all this will work in the new organization would be good – and that cannot be too hard to get it out within the week.
They must know the answers for Joe to be appointed in the first place.
Most fans could take a decent shot at what Newcastle are trying to do with recruitment – surely Newcastle can issue something – in the interests of better communication with the fans.
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