Lee Ryder has tweeted the local Journalists for the Evening Chronicle, Newcastle Journal and Sunday Sun have been prevented from interviewing Alan Pardew after the game today, and it seems it’s a response to the Chronicle’s minute by minute coverage of the protest march last Saturday before the Liverpool game – the protest was against Mike Ashley – the Newcastle owner.
Mike Ashley – bans local journalists
Here are the tweets that broke the news about 30 minutes ago from Lee Ryder, on his Twitter account, and Lee is the Chief Sports correspondent at the Evening Chronicle:
#nufc believe coverage of Mike Ashley protest march was too harsh.
The ban was agreed by Joe Kinnear, Alan Pardew, Lee Charnley, John Irving and the club Press office.
The ban wasn’t revealed by the Chron before the game because it would have wrecked the team’s build-up .
Newcastle United refuse to take questions from Chronicle following derby defeat
I did ask AP to explain his own personal feeling and clarify the ban from his point of view, but he wasn’t able to give an answer
This seems a bit of a spiteful move from the Newcastle club, and one they will probably live to regret in the future, as it will only turn fans against the people at the top of the club, who have made this decision.
And it’s not like we had a great result today either at Sunderland, losing for the second derby game running against the bottom of the table side.
Newcastle United are supposed to bring fans together in the community – or so we thought.