The first meeting of the newly created Fans Forum took place on Monday night at St. James’ Park, and the discussions centered on transfer policy, the financials of the club, the appointment of Joe Kinnear as Director of Football, and the Wonga deal.
Mike Ashley and Joe Kinnear at Saturday’s game
From looking at the minutes of the meeting, the Newcastle representatives at the meeting were Lee Charnley (Club Secretary), John Irving (Finance Director), Wendy Taylor (Head of Media), Steve Storey (Head of Safety and Security), Stephen Tickle (Box Office Manager) and Kate Bradley (Head of Newcastle United Foundation).
A couple of things to come out of the meeting was that Mike Ashley has not intentions at all of selling the club, so those fans who were hoping that would happen will be disappointed.
But one of the disappointing things that came out was that the five year plan consists of Newcastle bsimply eing in the top half of the table in the Premier League.
And the cup competitions are not a priority for the club, which seems to go against what Alan Pardew keeps saying, but the Premier League takes precedence because of the massive amounts of money involved – no surprise there.
If that’s true the chances of Newcastle winning anything in the next few seasons to break our 44 year duck are not promising.
And the only time we will hear from Joe Kinnear is in his match-say program notes, and we thought he gave out some decent information last Saturday.
And while it’s popular to knock Joe because of failing to bring in players over the summer, he’s very much restricted by what Mike Ashley allowed him to spend – and if Mike says the agents’ fees are too high – then we will not get that player – which seems to be what happened with Bafe Gomis of Lyon.
We have to hope that because Joe has a good relationship with Mike Ashley – he can persuade him to spend more of the club’s money than he really wants to.
But if Newcastle are going to be great again, we must show a lot mnore ambition than simply to say we want to be in the top ten and not be in any relegation trouble for the next five years.
That’s so soft as a target – and it’s simply not bold enough for a club as great and steeped in history as Newcastle United.
And everybody knows that.
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