Progress Being Made To Improve Communications With Fans


There’s some good news today that Newcastle United are at last trying to improve the relationship between the club and the fans, which has been almost non-existent since Mike Ashley bought the club over six years ago.

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Newcastle fans getting into better communication with club

News today that the club will recreate the Fans Forum, and that was scrapped in 2009.

The club have announced this on their web-site:

Three of 15 new supporter seats will be offered permanently to established fan groups – Newcastle United Supporters Trust (NUST), NUFC Fans United and Newcastle United Disabled Supporters Association (NUDSA) – while all fans can apply directly for the remaining 12 individual seats which represent different segments of the Magpies’ diverse fan base.

So if you want to apply for a seat on the Forum – now’s your chance.

Board members John Irving and Lee Charnley (Newcastle Secretary) will be among the seven club representatives, with an official from Wonga also set to be on the Fans Forum.

This is what Lee Marshall, PR and supporter liaison manager at Newcastle United said about the Forum:

“Supporters are the lifeblood of any football club, so introducing a new Forum which will enable Newcastle fans to share their views and ideas with the club’s decision-makers is a very positive step.”

“Direct, structured communication is vital to building a strong, sustainable relationship with our supporters and we are looking forward to working closely with them for the benefit of Newcastle United.”

This is how Newcastle will select the fan representatives – and this is taken from the web-site:

Unlike many forums at other clubs, which are voted in by a panel or elected by fellow supporters on the strength of written applications, applicants to the new Fans’ Forum at Newcastle United will be required to select an individual seat for which they meet criteria – that is Milburn Stand representative must hold a valid season ticket in the Milburn Stand.

They will then be selected at random from all qualifying applicants, enabling every Newcastle United supporter to stand a chance of being on the Forum.

From our communications lately with NUFC Fans United it seems that group has been key to getting this stuff completed behind the scenes and Steve Hastie, of the group had this to say:

“The introduction of a Fans’ Forum at Newcastle United is an important step in developing a positive two-way communication process between supporters and the Club.” “The challenge as always is to ensure that such forums produce positive outcomes and NUFC Fans United hopes that all those who participate do so with the aim of ensuring that it is a success.”

We’ve been impressed with Media Relations manager Wendy Taylor and the newly appointed Supporter Liaison Officer Lee Marshall, in their attempts to get a good relationship going with the fans.

This is an excellent move by the club and it’s long been needed – and we wanted to help to get the word out about it.

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239 comments so far

  • magicbus

    Jul 29, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #1

    About time too

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  • Toon Avenger

    Jul 29, 2013 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #2

    Also everyone it isn’t £10 million, it’s €10 million.

    €10 million = £8.6 million.

    Anyone who thinks Gomis is not worth £8.63 is just blindly justifying an unwinable standpoint in this inarguable situation.

    The club is shortchanging us all and still people follow it religiously enough to not understand the absolute truth, this club is a joke.

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  • Rainrix

    Jul 29, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #3

    Yeah but nowt will change. The only true way we can affect the club is by protesting and emptying the stadium. Alas the latter wont happen, and the former will probably just end up finishing with some bloke punching a horse.

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  • toon22

    Jul 29, 2013 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #4

    We aint gettin a striker.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jul 29, 2013 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #5

    Woooo hoooo
    Thank god this is exactly what we wanted this window

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  • JackButler

    Jul 29, 2013 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #6

    8.6 million for a player with 12 months left on his contract is taking the p**s, I’m no fan of Ashley or his sycophantic minions but I agree with us walking away from this one.

    they still need to get their arses in gear as without at least one proven striker we are doomed to a season of misery

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  • Ben3arfa

    Jul 29, 2013 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #7

    Best way to appease fans is for Kinear and Ashley to bugger off.

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  • Toon Avenger

    Jul 29, 2013 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #8

    Matty

    In today’s climate and going of market values of other footballers and the individuals expereince, Gomis would be worth £12-15 million if he didn’t have a year remaining on his contract.

    He does and so is worth £10.5 million (according to transfer market) we can get him for £8.63 million and yet pull out of a bid because Lyon won’t accept £6.9 million.

    Defend that.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jul 29, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #9

    Lesh,
    As long as they scheduled the meetings for around the same dates as the games I would look to go to, I’d let them off with the transport costs, although I may book into a suite at a fancy hotel, instead of a mate’s spare room/sofa, at their expense! Maybe the one next to Barnetta’s. 🙂

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  • Markaccus

    Jul 29, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #10

    Toon avenger

    I think 8.6m is too much for a player who is out of contract next year. French players are generally cheaper than tjat at the best of times never mind when they want away and will walk for free in a year! Thats not blindly arguing anything. Thats just the way things seem to work in football these days.

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  • toon22

    Jul 29, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #11

    The problem is the whole Gomis affair,our problem is we have a few people who we are interested in.
    It seems if they aint from France we arnt interested.

    Maybe someone should post them a map of Europe.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jul 29, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #12

    JB
    How much did van persie cost again?

    Contracts mean nout in football anymore how much would it potentially cost not bringing in a goal scorer?

    It’s simple, we need a top CF, top CF’s aren’t normally kicking around the bargain bucket unless you have a first rate global scouting network, which we don’t

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  • yorkymag

    Jul 29, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #13

    Avenger
    Make your mind up how much is he worth 8 10 12
    Pick a figure
    Easy when its not your money
    Lets see when the window closes

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  • magpie6699

    Jul 29, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #14

    People seem very able to know exactly how much Lyon want for Gomis, how much we have offered etc. How do they know what has actually been said??

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  • Markaccus

    Jul 29, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #15

    Lilong

    Is barnetta still stuck in there?! Three years now isn’t it?

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  • joeinthecheapseats

    Jul 29, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #16

    We can’t walk away from the deal because we need two strikers in to keep us away from trouble.
    No strikers and Cisse injured would spell disaster.
    Just get them in and stop messing about Mr Kinnear

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  • Toon Avenger

    Jul 29, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #17

    Jack

    Why is it taking the piss?

    He is a striker and scores goals. Proven in the Champions League, a full French international and commanded a transfer fee of £12 million a few years ago.

    Other clubs around us are spending a fortune and we are haggling over £1.5 million.

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  • yorkymag

    Jul 29, 2013 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #18

    Avenger
    He is not proven anywhere
    He may have potential but certainly not proven

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  • toon22

    Jul 29, 2013 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #19

    Paying over the odds has been tryed by us and it all ended with MA.
    I will be happy so long as they get someone,if the current targets arnt playing ball its time to chase “other”people.
    How much did Benteke cost?

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  • Toon Avenger

    Jul 29, 2013 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #20

    yorky mag

    You’re an idiot and don’t understand numbers, don’t talk to me please.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jul 29, 2013 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #21

    Markaccus
    We have absolutely lucked out in the French market, clubs wise up there not stupid
    If they have more than one club intrested of course they will hold out

    Ben arfa is in the last 2 years of his contract so if we get to next summer would we be happy taking say £7 mil for him?

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  • mattyNUFC

    Jul 29, 2013 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #22

    before you jump on me, I’m not saying we can attract world class players because we can’t….our one chance left last summer to do so….but the calibre of player we’ve been after for quite some time is worrying.

    Erik Pieters, Gomis, Bent, Amalfitano, Douglas. What happened to this recruitment drive searching out young and hungry players? has it been abandoned? was it ever even in place?

    it’s just such a sad state of affairs. I’ve been off this site and most for six months or so and things have only gotten worse. I’m over griping about what a p!ss poor manager pardew is, what an insolent, spineless coward he is. I no longer have the energy to attempt to fathom JFK and his appointment and our owners disrespectful behaviour lacking any inkling of ambition.

    we have the best players we’ve had in a decade. and for some reason they can’t even pass the ball to one other.

    I want a new manager but then what? We get in a Laudrup or whathaveyou, the next cause of discontent will be our egregiously distant and unambitious owner. this is just cyclical, and I’m sick of it.

    we don’t have to spend the world to play good football. I don’t even care if we win anything. of course i want us to. but at least entertain us ffs. the past two and a half years have simply been theatre in one man’s sad attempt at occupational preservation. from his team selections to his post match interviews and everything else he has done, it’s always been about him, pardew, no matter how much he attempts to convey to us, the fans, that it is for the club. ashley could care less about us, and pardew couldn’t care more about himself than anything else.

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  • IITianToon

    Jul 29, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #23

    Cabaye: ““The manager wants us to take one or two touches on the ball and move after the pass.”

    Pardew is trying guys. Keep the faith!

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  • yorkymag

    Jul 29, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #24

    Avenger
    Your last comment in a nutshell defines you
    Grow up and accept there is always two points of view
    No need to get personal my dear

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jul 29, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #25

    Yorky
    How can you say he’s not proven in the CL????
    He has a great scoring record in the CL

    Yeah it’s not our money, but it’s not MA’s personal piggy bank either
    It’s the clubs money, to be invested into the club for the progression of the club

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  • Markaccus

    Jul 29, 2013 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #26

    Tads

    Deffo not re Ben Arfa. However, if we do not extend his contract in time, then we will be in that unfortunate position. I am not saying it is right, but this is the state of footy at the moment.

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  • martoon

    Jul 29, 2013 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #27

    I’d love to see some of you lot buy a second hand car when the salesman adds a £1000 to the price. “Oh that’s fine I’ll take it” – I don’t think so.
    Lyon are taking the p*ss – however we are at fault for letting ourselves get into this position where we are so desperate for a striker that clubs know they can demand stupid prices.

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  • mattyNUFC

    Jul 29, 2013 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #28

    toon avenger

    i agree with your points, but again, gomis is not that great of a striker. average player, above average team in a below average league. he will struggle in the prem. he’s not fast, he’s not lethal, and he will do little in linking the MF with attack.

    PEA was the one we shouldn’t have haggled over back in January when we had the chance. just like when we could have signed Arshavin for 5mil in his prime, or countless others. Gomis is not worth it. 8mil could be spent soooooo much more responsibly than on an average striker who doesn’t strike it that often, ha

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  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Jul 29, 2013 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #29

    Here’s a communication …

    Just sell up and f### off.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jul 29, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #30

    Avenger,
    Lyon want 10million plus 2 million (euros). I’d guess that works out around £10million in total. I personally, don’t think he is worth that from the times I have seen him play. Seems to be very inconsistent with a goal record of around 1 in 3. I’ve seen him look unplayable, and I’ve seen him unable to control a ball, or hit a barn door from a couple of yards.

    If the fee was just the 10million euros, so £8.6 ish then at a push, and given how close the season is, I would say okay. But with add on’s it is too much.

    If we can get Remy on a season long loan with first option, then we should do that immediately. That gives us a great bargaining position on Gomis, and as Lyon are in a very weak position then we should be able to do a better deal.

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  • Toon Avenger

    Jul 29, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #31

    Paying over the odds?

    They wan’t £1.5 million more than we are offering.

    Why not offer another 750k and see where it gets us instead of pulling out of the deal?

    Like somebody says every league position is worth 800k, Gomis could be worth more to us than the £1.5 were a stopping the deal over.

    And people still buy this foolishness.

    It was the same with Debuchy and others last season. We had to wait until January to get the players for the price we wanted rather than what their teams wanted and that cost us massively in terms of league positions.

    If we came back in with an offer of £8.6 million how many of you would be up in arms because you believe this figure is too expensive for our club? You’d all be lapping it up calling it ambition.

    Most of you are no longer fans, you’re accountants and care more about balancing the books and getting a good deal than actual players ‘over the line’.

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  • Indian Magpie

    Jul 29, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #32

    Breaking News

    Joe Kinnear takes all the credit for after NUFC score from a corner

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  • yorkymag

    Jul 29, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #33

    Down south
    To be proven you need to do it consistently
    I don’t think you can say that about gomis I accept he has potentaial thou
    By the way It is mikes personal piggy bank
    He owners the lot
    I hate the fact but unfortunately true

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jul 29, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #34

    Heard from a good source last night why Kinnear wanted Hartford – because he can’t drive at the minute he needed a chauffeur to drive him around the country in his talent spotting role.
    So Hartford was going to be his driver!!!!

    If correct – then you couldn’t make it up

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  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Jul 29, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #35

    @toonarmydownsouth

    Of course it´s Ashley´s piggy-bank.

    He can stop all transfers, sell players and take whatever money out of the club when he wants.

    He hasn´t , yet, but he could if he wants to.

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  • sirtoongospel

    Jul 29, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #36

    To be honest, why do fans care what the cost is? If he is a good player and we want him, then it is irrelevant to an extent.

    So many fans have the mindset of a financial director now!

    If Gomis can help us finish 8th instead of 16th, he will have made us an extra £4m or so in prize money straight away. If the manager and the scout feel he is the player we need then the board should get him. But get him in time to start the season and feel comfortable here. Be prepared for once.

    We need a player like Gomis, and we need some speed (Remy?) and players are hard to come by. When you identify who you want, go and get them. The manager deserves that. Then he can be judged fairly if he is the man for the job……………..or not!! 🙂

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  • Phatoon

    Jul 29, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #37

    @Toon Avernger

    Transfermarkt’s values do not take into account contract length. Just the players “value”. So if they reckon he is worth £10.5m, then that is his full value, then you apply the “last year” modifier.

    That’s why all the free agents have market values (even they cost nothing)

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  • Markaccus

    Jul 29, 2013 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #38

    Martoon

    Spot on!

    Avenger

    Look at me and Tads… we differ in opinion, yet we have managed to express this without any insults or bad feeling. There is a lesson to be learned..

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jul 29, 2013 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #39

    Martoon
    But Lyon haven’t added anything on, the price has always been €10 million euros

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  • Toon-Prodigy

    Jul 29, 2013 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #40

    Jack I agree with you the most part.

    We need a proven striker in. I’v said since the end of last season Pardew will want to play two upfront next season, especially with the pressure he is under to hit the ground running. He wouldn’t rely on one up top. We need that extra quality forward in without a doubt.

    Gutted at the performance in this window though so far. Beggers belief really. I really think if JK didn’t come in we would of did alot better so far at this point with Carr and Pardews hitlist.

    Bringing him in threw a grenade into the works which suggests are original plans were scuppered to me.

    Just have to wait it out and hope we at least get these two in.

    Not what I wanted or expected but I’ll take it now considering who is left and available. And also being three weeks away from opening day.

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