Ashley Should Signal Truce And Lift Media Ban Immediately


There was news in the Chronicle yesterday that Mike Ashley may fly in PR consultant Keith Bishop to help manager Alan Pardew navigate through the current situation at Newcastle United, as the team tries to pick up points this season in the league.

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Lee Charnley and Mike Ashley last Monday

And the rather dire situation that is pending at Newcastle has not been helped by Mike Ashley’s ban on the local papers – the Journal, Chronicle and Sunday Sun – and it’s now almost a year since that ban was imposed.

That has also been extended to the Sunday Express and recently to the Telegraph, and the ban does absolutely nothing to bring the community together in support of the club – and it’s looking like we could all be in for a long and hard season at Newcastle – yes – another one.

In an effort to have some kind of truce at Newcastle, Mike Ashley could lift the ban on all newspapers immediately as a sign of good will.

As far as we can tell, the situation off the field is looking far too much like the situation six years ago, in a season when we were relegated for the first time ever from the Premier League.

Some differences are that we had one more point and a better goal difference  from the first six games six years ago, but we were still second bottom – and who was the rock bottom at that time – Tottenham Hotspur.

But the same type of turmoil existed then at Newcastle, as fans wanted Mike Ashley out, after Kevin Keegan had left the club.

Only Mike Ashley can lift the ban on the journalists, so he should do that in an attempt to start getting everybody together and mount an effort to save the club from another circus in the media, and another possible relegation.

It’s time that some sanity took hold at the club – yes we know that’s a novel concept.

But since Mike Ashley is the owner – he can show some leadership and lift the ban on the journalists as a first step in a conciliatory move – and  who knows he may even get some good publicity for doing that.

This situation at Newcastle could be starting to spiral out of control – again – and something has to be done – and quickly too.

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6 comments so far

  • Munster Mag

    Oct 3, 2014 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #1

    Logic would suggest that the only way this will truly end is in relegation, and I would HAPPILY take 5 years in the league below, to get rid of Ashley. He has ruined the club, and how people like Billson , whose self belief I admire , must feel like fools now, for calling him our best ever owner. The day we get rid of Ashley will be so wonderful. In the meantime, watching a manager like Slaven Bilic do a decent job on Spurs with Besiktas, and apparently they should have won, hurts. This is another manager, according to local Tyneside media, who would manage NUFC given the chance. If Ashley stays, he has to wake up to the possibilities that other managers give

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  • Rotonda heights

    Oct 3, 2014 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #2

    When Will Newcastle’s Nightmare End?

    The day Pardew is sacked and replaced by a competent manager who is not from the list of turgid Brit also-rans (Moyes, Pulis, Bruce etc)

    For that to happen Ash has to sell up as he will never appoint a class continental manager, only rejects from his drinking circle.

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Oct 3, 2014 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #3

    “There was news in the Chronicle yesterday that Mike Ashley may fly in PR consultant Keith Bishop to help manager Alan Pardew navigate.”

    All that would do is convey more propaganda spin to the gullible who will lap it up and continue to make excuses for him ensuring that he stays in his position longer whilst smashing more unwanted records.

    PR will not help with where the problem is. Tactical and positive organisation of a team where most of the players have been brought up to play a certain style of football, not an 80’s lower league dinosaur, is what is needed.

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  • stuart no9

    Oct 3, 2014 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #4

    you know what ? its my belief that ashley came to newcastle . firstly to make money and also to destroy the name of nufc., hes done both . Hes got everyone fighting against eachother ,. hes fell out with local councils, hes fell out with local papers, hes got supporters arquing amonst themselves, he actuallly goes out of his way to upset us, he refuses to sack a manager who the whole of tyneside want out, not just because we dontlike him but because he cant do the job , also we are likely to get relagated for the 2nd time since he became ownerp- does this sound like someone who had the club at heart or some one whos sole mission was to destroy NUFC and bleed them dry??

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  • kimbo

    Oct 3, 2014 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #5

    Ashley will not sack Pardew and Pardew will not resign so we are stuck. Relegation is a certainty and we can only sit back and wait. After all if we are in mid table and making no headlines in the media then there is no free publicity for Ashley and SD , so we are all being taken for mugs and Ashley is laughing all the way to the bank.

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  • ash1001

    Oct 3, 2014 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #6

    This is raised at every fans forum, and the response from Lee Charnley is always the same – ITS NOT GOING TO HAPPEN.

    recently you may have noticed that the Chronicle have become even more aggressive towards NUFC and in my opinion rightly so.

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