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.
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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