Newcastle have released the minutes from the Fan Forum meeting on Monday night, which seems have been very well attended, with Managing Director Lee Charnley also in attendance.
Lee Charnley – in attendance on Monday night
Here are the full attendees
Kate Bradley – Head of Newcastle United Foundation
Lee Charnley – Managing Director
Lee Marshall – PR and Supporter Liaison Manager (chair)
Bob Moncur – Club Ambassador
Eddie Rutherford – Head of Facilities
Steve Storey – Head of Safety and Security
Wendy Taylor – Head of Media
Stephen Tickle – Box Office Manager
Roberto Coladangelo – Wonga/Sportquake
Dave Abbott – Away Fan Representative
Gareth Beard – Newcastle United Disabled Supporters Association
Steve Cole – Supporters Branch Representative
Gordon Gilchrist – Over-65s Representative
Steve Hastie – NUFC Fans United
Liam Hall – Young Persons Representative
Paul Loughlin – East Stand Representative
Sharron Lee – Long Distance Fan Representative
David Maudlin – Milburn Stand Representative
Brian Parkin – Gallowgate Stand Representative
Phil Patterson – Corporate Representative
Taylor Payne – Members Representative
Vishal Vedhara – Equality Representative
Apologies for absence:
John Irving – Finance Director, NUFC
Damian Peachey – Wonga, Communications
Adam Smith – Leazes Stand Representative
So there were 22 present which is a healthy attendance, and that’s good to see.
And here are some questions and answers regarding Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa’s last minute loan move loan move to Roma, and whether on-loan central defender Jamaal Lascelles can be recalled in January.
He cannot – so those recent stories saying he would be recalled and maybe Steven Taylor would go the other way, were not accurate.
Q: Brian Parkin “What was the thinking behind getting rid of a centre back Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa on loan?”
A: The move was sanctioned in the interests of all parties. There is the possibility that the transfer could become permanent at the end of the loan period at around the fee Newcastle United initially paid for him.
The club added that it had initially reached a verbal agreement for a replacement defender in the summer. Because the deal with AS Roma took longer than expected, the replacement transfer was no longer possible. The club’s view was that the deal to allow Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa to leave was in the interests of all parties and, after taking the medium-to-long term view, the club let him leave.
Q: Sarron Lee: “Is it true that the club can recall Jamaal Lascelles from Nottingham Forest?
A: It was stated that the club are delighted to have secured both Jamaal and Karl Darlow and while they will be big assets to the squad in future, it was not true that they could be recalled from their current loan deals until the end of the 2014/2015 season.
So it looks like we had a center-back lined up to replace Mapou (wonder who that was?), but since Mapou was sent out on loan almost at the last minute on September 1st, it looks like the move for his replacement broke down and left us short of a center-back – at least until January.
It also looks like letting Mapou leave on a cut price deal is not true, and the club expects to get close to what we paid for him – €8.5M which is around £6.8M – and that will probably happen next summer, although there have been reports Mapou could move permanently in January.
Maybe we should do that deal in January, and use the money to bring some new players in?
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