NUFC Fans United say they are an umbrella organization for all supporters and all supporter groups, and we must say we’ve been impressed with them over these last two weeks – especially with their professionalism.
Newcastle fans at the meeting on Monday night
There’s nothing like getting things done to gain some credibility with fans, and actions speak louder than words.
The organization has worked with Newcastle officials to get the iconic gates repaired, refurbished and returned to St, James’ Park and that was excellent news – it even looked like everybody was working together for a common cause.
And now just after a week of Joe Kinnear’s shocking appointment as our new Director of Football, they arranged a meeting with Newcastle fans and two of Newcastle’s officials, to have some good communication about Joe and about other things too.
The very fact that the meeting was accomplished in about 90 minutes was a success in itself, and it was good to see Newcastle’s head of Media Wendy Taylor and the new Supporter Liaison Officer Lee Marshall arrive early at 4:30, and then stay to talk one on one with the supporters until after 10:00 pm..
That shows they are taking all this very seriously, and after all it’s their job, but credit goes out to the two of them.
Newcastle fans are very proud of their club, and very passionate about their club – and very annoyed at the moment about their club.
So it probably wasn’t surprising there was a lot of heckling and anger expressed at the meeting – but while that is understandable, it just doesn’t help things.
NUFC Fans United have been successful so far in being low-key, productive and professional, and this is the only way forward if real communication is going to be possible with representatives the club.
And while it would be good to have these larger meetings at regulay intervals, real progress can also be made behind the scenes, where say a small group of six supporters could meet regularly with Wendy Taylor and Lee Marshall.
And that small group can communicate what the fans are thinking – and comments on any blog will quickly show what’s on the minds of Newcastle fans.
But we are encouraged by the meeting, and maybe there’s a light at the end of the tunnel that some real progress can be made to vastly improve the communications between fans and the club.
We certainly hope so, and it was a good start on Monday night, where over 250 fans turned out for the meeting – that’s a good turnout.
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