The Sports Editor of the Newcastle Chronicle papers, the ones that are currently banned by Newcastle United, is Kevin Dinsdale, and he has talked today about the serious deterioration in relationships with the Newcastle manager Alan Pardew.
Alan Pardew - now being isolated
Of course this is not the first time the local press have gone against a Newcastle manager, and back when Freddy Shepherd was running the club and the managers were replaced almost every 18 months, it was not uncommon the local press wanted the manager out – reflecting the fans’ position.
However, in this case the whole thing seems to have been started by the manager himself, when Pardew accused the press of kind of ganging up on him last week, and the Sunday Sun issued an apology over the weekend, and apologized for all the defeats we have had, and also for Alan Pardew’s 7 match ban.
Yes – it was cynical of course – but the point was that it’s not the papers who are producing the terrible results on the field this year.
And of course with the ban on the three local papers in place for almost six months now, the relationship with Pardew and the club was never good, even before the after-the-match press conference on Saturday when Alan basically blamed the local media.
This is what Kevin Dinsdale has told the Press Gazette today:
“It was suggested by Pardew that we have an agenda because of the ban – but he was wrong there,” “If the results are negative, our coverage is going to be negative. The ban hasn’t affected our coverage.”
“We may not help sometimes when our coverage is negative, but the fans who held up anti-Pardew banners at the match are just as negative as the press.”
“But it’s not the fans or the media wearing the club strip and crossing the white lines. Nor do we attend the training sessions.”
“We are not rights holders, so we don’t pay them like Sky and BT Sport, for instance,” “There is this idea that they are paying for the access.”
“Long gone are the days when a club would ask us to come to the training ground and interview players.” “It is ludicrous – because we do stoke interest.”
“We do keep interest going. And I think the local press still has a big part to play. We still put bums on seats at football stadiums.”
“I would hope the ban is lifted, but it’s ultimately up to them.” “They are not answerable to anyone but the owner, Mike Ashley. And we don’t really know what his thoughts are.”
We agree with Kevin that the local press does stoke interest in the club – it’s where all the news about Newcastle basically comes from every day – and they do a good job.
But the civil war that’s now going on at Newcastle between the press and Pardew is hardly good for the club, and we wonder if there’s any chance of a truce soon?
Somebody would have to have the gumption, courage and leadership to offer any reconciliation - and that would need to come from Mike Ashley – after all he owns the club, and we seem to be falling apart at the seams right now.
Seems like there’s no chance of that, with both sides doing what they always do in any big argument – trying to prove themselves right.
It’s all doing nothing positive at all for the proud Newcastle United club – that’s the really sad part – and it’s more bad publicity all around for the Tyneside club.