Sometimes when you make a mistake you realize it’s exactly that and you quickly correct it. But that’s not what Mike Ashley has done after banning the local Journalists from asking questions to Alan Pardew after the Sunderland game, apparently the ban on access to all media facilities at St James’ Park and the club’s Benton base is indefinite.
How stupid can you get.
The answer seems to be – pretty stupid.
Mike Ashley – Newcastle owner – another error of judgement
When you think that local journalists like Lee Ryder, Mark Douglas and Neil Cameron are probably the closest to the news and heartbeat of the club than any other journalists, to ban them is like shooting yourself in the foot – with an AK-47.
This action will only backfire on Mike Ashley and the Newcastle club, and it already has, and it could soon become International news rather than just National news, that an owner will go so far as to ban journalists, simply because he didn’t like the coverage of the fans’ march against the owner that took place a week ago last Saturday.
Hard cheese – Mike Ashley should know that you cannot control the news – unless you are living in a communist country.
And if you cannot take the criticism, you shouldn’t be owner of Newcastle United, because it comes with the territory.
This is the email sent to Chronicle editor Darren Thwaites:
“The club’s owner, Director of Football, Board of Directors and team manager have reached a unanimous decision that the three NCJ Media titles, The Chronicle, The Journal and Sunday Sun, will not be permitted access to any media facilities, Press conferences and player interviews at Newcastle United indefinitely and with immediate effect.”
“We do not require a reply to this letter, our position on this issue is not up for negotiation.”
This is an absurd position for Mike Ashley to take, and the sooner he comes to his senses and allows the journalists to do their jobs, the better it will be for everybody associated with Newcastle United.
But it’s yet another serious error of judgement made by the Newcastle owner, and he will come to regret it.