Newcastle Appoint Supporter Liaison Manager – Now What?


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.

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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.

We’ll see,

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17 comments so far

  • John Tudor

    Jun 25, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #1

    employ crap get crap
    there are two trains of thought pro and anti
    no point saying this and that are available not to him they are not he will continue to buy low just to survive i think another relagation and we become the hot potatoe

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  • rainrix

    Jun 25, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #2

    Dayyyyyyyyym!

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  • martoon

    Jun 25, 2013 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #3

    I don’t quite understand the point of passing an ‘Ashley out’ motion at what was supposed to be a meeting between supporters and club officials unless they have a buyer lined up with a few million quid to spare 🙂

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  • martoon

    Jun 25, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #4

    *a few hundred million

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  • toonincheek

    Jun 25, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #5

    John Tudor –
    Referring to your comments on the last thread, I thgink you need to be reminded of Ed’s polite request to bloggers.
    Personally, when I see posts like yours, I would like to see you barred.

    And please keep the language respectable, as we are proud to have young supporters reading this blog, and finally there’s no place for religion or politics in these discussions.

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  • aidytoon9

    Jun 25, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #6

    It will be interesting to see what response comes back from the club.
    Are they going to print answers in chronicle?
    I am hoping we make a breakthrough in the transfer market this week.
    Lets keep the faith.

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  • one Tony Green

    Jun 25, 2013 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #7

    @ Martoon I would agree it is hardly going to encourage him to meet the fans.

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  • mikeashleyisamackem

    Jun 25, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #8

    im personally loving whats happening at newcastle

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  • one Tony Green

    Jun 25, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #9

    @toonincheek I think you may find that John Tudor does not swear as much as some of the bloggers on here and it is not your place to comment unless you are trying to provoke a reaction from him.

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  • one Tony Green

    Jun 25, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #10

    @8 You must be made of strong stuff I feel sick with jealousy every time i see some other club sign a player.

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  • aidytoon9

    Jun 25, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #11

    With harps and Simpson now gone and big clear out to follow, that should free up lots of wages to be invested back on about 3 top players.
    Plus the extra 30 or so million from tv. That would mean he wouldn’t have to put his hand in his pocket.= 3, 10 mill players.

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  • lesh

    Jun 25, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #12

    So, we’d like the club to explain why Joe Kinnear was appointed.

    Imagine the response:

    “Joe Kinnear was appointed after many hours of informal discussions with Mike Ashkey who was greatly impressed by his wide-ranging and in depth knowledge of and experience in football. Mike believes that Mr Kinnear is the man who has the vision to initiate and lead the changes that will make Newcastle United a major force in world football.”

    ‘But why Joe Kinnear? Was anyone else considered?’

    “Err, err, f••k knows and no?.

    ‘Thank you for a full and frank response to our question Wendy. Illuminating.’

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  • John Tudor

    Jun 25, 2013 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #13

    toonin cheek mind your own buisness off my back i would loved to be barred to get away from peeps like you q8i starts it i finish it so go blow

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  • Sav

    Jun 25, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #14

    I wonder what she thinks about JFK pulling the pin on a grenade and rolling it under her desk? As for that limp excuse for failure to turn up and face the fans, Kinnear is not quite as feisty as he likes to portray himself, sending along a pal who represents nobody to defend him. He (mcIntyre) points out ‘Joe has never taken a day off since his appointment’?? Since Sunday week??? Wow. And he still can’t manage his own transport to get to the meeting. Tell you what, we all wish Joe had started off by taking a week’s holiday instead of causing such an upset by opening his mouth. What a fool and a cowardly one at that, with the gall to suggest TalkSport had him on to ‘talk over old times’ with bloody ex-Wimbledon Bobby Gould!!!

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  • John Tudor

    Jun 25, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #15

    my language is no worse than some are you the bllog police i dont think so

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  • toonincheek

    Jun 25, 2013 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #16

    John Tudor –

    Your offensive language may well be less offensive than others – that doesn’t justify it.

    I don’t set myself up as blog police – maybe I shoudld comment more often.
    I just happened to be reminded of Ed’s ‘rules’ and thought it appropriate to remind you of them.

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  • Wandering Geordie

    Jun 25, 2013 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #17

    .After a bit of homework lo and behold Lee Marshall used tobe with the Pondlife for a similar role. See below.

    PR and Supporter Liaison Manager at Newcastle United
    Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom | Sports
    Current: PR and Supporter Liaison Manager at Newcastle United Football Club Past: Team Media Manager at Philadelphia Union, Senior Media and Communications Officer at Sunderland AFC, Public Relations Executive at Robson Brown……………whatever next?

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