Newcastle’s Fan Forum Meetings Starting To Make Progress

While we will not go overboard about the increased communication fostered by the regular Fan Forum meetings, there was some decent information given out from last Monday meeting at St. James’ Park, when the club issued the full minutes of the meeting on their web-site yesterday.

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Lee Charnley – at the Fans Forum meeting Monday night

22 people were in attendance at the meeting and it does seem the club are taking these meetings seriously, and the following were in attendance representing the club on Monday night.

Lee Charnley – Managing Director, John Irving – Finance Director, Lee Marshall – PR and Supporter Liaison Manager (chairman), Bob Moncur – Club Ambassador, Keith Nicholson – Acting Head of Newcastle United Foundation, Eddie Rutherford – Head of Facilities
Steve Storey – Head of Safety and Security, Wendy Taylor – Head of Media and Stephen Tickle – Box Office Manager.

Newcastle clarified the criteria for the new head coach position,  and said it didn’t matter if the new coach was an Englishman or not, and that the coach would be selected at the end of the season.

And the way the coach will work at Newcastle does give the coach some say in who comes into the club, and he’s essentially one of four men who will make the decisions on incoming players – with Chief Scout  Graham Carr, Managing Director Lee Charley and owner Mike Ashley being the other three.

The Board clarified the final decision on who comes in is not the coach’s decision, but that he will have ample input.

And as I read the clarification about the coach’s position I even had the wild idea that somebody like Frank de Boer could work in the environment the club are creating- a wild idea indeed. 😀

But one area that will trouble some top applicants is how Mike Ashley sells players – especially when he sells them in January and doesn’t replace them.

On that particular topic, Lee Charnley did say the club would try to do all their transfer business in the summer,  with little business being done in January – and that seems a good approach but doesn’t solve the problem of untimely sales.

The Board said they were mending relationships with ncjMedia since the ban had been lifted (at last!), and in fact some of the local football journalists could be invited to one of the meetings.

That was suggested so they can see first-hand what goes on in the meetings, and that seems like a good idea.

It will also help promote the Fans Forum which can become a very useful communications vehicle between the club and the fans, and one is certainly needed.

They also explained why Davide Santon was loaned out and said the opportunity of a loan move would not be available in the summer and that he has only one year left in his contract.

But there were no follow-up questions on how it has weakened the squad, with the injuries to Paul Dummett and recently to Massadio Haidara.

The club are anxious to get the minutes read by as many fans as possible, so here are the full minutes and it’s definitely worth a read to hear from the club ob a wide range of issues.

Here they are.

Communications between the club and the fans have been very poor in the Ashley era, so this is a vehicle where that could improve and even improve big time.

And one way they could improve things and get the Fans Forum the publicity they seem to need on what they are trying to do – is if Mike Ashley turned up at one of the meetings – that would help things – but not sure it will ever happen.

Here’s hoping.

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10 comments so far

  • Bambams

    Mar 8, 2015 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #1

    I am sure I have read online Sunday Sun that the rear of the Gallowgate is to be sold off for student accommodation.
    There goes any future development of SJP….
    I am aware the Council did try znd make the area and SJP ‘A Community Interest’ which would of protected the area. Obviously looks like that has failed.
    This depresses me more than the current football. Absolutely short sighted greedy greedy man

  • Bambams

    Mar 8, 2015 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #2

    Not as far on as I thought. Maybe some hope that it falls flat or Mike ……nah he won’t change

  • jayphoto

    Mar 8, 2015 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #3

    Not sure theyre progressive? They lie through their teeth? Talking about significant investment last summer? We started the season woefully short and im pretty sure they made a transfer profit in 2014….
    Charnley should be a politician with his spin

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Mar 8, 2015 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #4

    About last thread! John are you for real? You are going to pin that one on Abeid? Just know we believe that one is on Krul!

    …if you are not happy with that then be welcome to take the blame yourself! The things that come out of that guy’s mouth.

    Hope Abeid is well disappointed!

  • Obertan's better than Messi

    Mar 8, 2015 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #5

    Where’s the progress?

    Spin spin spin
    Lies lies lies

    Come on we all know we are being screwed.
    Nothings changing that until Ashley goes.
    This is just propaganda, cosmetics to make the club look interested in the fans.

    We all know its about making money and SD adverts.

  • Moonraker15

    Mar 8, 2015 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #6

    Nothing’s changing Ed they’re just massaging the situation. The head coach is always gonna be informed who is coming in but the acid test was selling Santon for commercial reasons when any sensible club would’ve kept him at this time. We are operating like some club that has to sell to survive! Charnley is a puppet!

  • lesh

    Mar 8, 2015 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #7

    Ed’s taken a couple of ‘optimism’ pills when he’s written this piece.

    My take on the minutes is that they probably won’t reflect the dialogue that could cause some discomfort – awkward questions!

    Some if not all of the ‘Board’ responses were evasive and ambiguous. Sorry but I didn’t see any reference to selling players in the ‘Boards’ reply to questions about selling players in January without replacing them! Doing that does not constitute strengthening the squad as does shipping Santon out on loan on the last day of the window because the opportunity (offer?) may not have been there at a later time.

    Sorry, but the minutes seemed like the classic ‘true reflection of what might have happened’ type and it’d be interesting to hear from anyone that attended whether they actually reflect all of the discussion.

    No, it’s not fair to ask a FF member to risk criticizing the minutes – after all, that’s like asking someone to risk facing a firing squad!

    Hey ho, a real example of ‘freemnmoxy’ as former President Bush would have it!

  • toonincheek

    Mar 8, 2015 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #8

    jesper – Agree.

    I posted this on the previous thread before
    I saw your comment:

    Some truth in that but a bit harsh on Abeid.

    Krul could have kicked it out for a corner,
    rather than across the open face of goal when
    he didn’t have time to check who was there.

  • Sav

    Mar 8, 2015 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #9

    Exactly. Sales of Santon and M’Biwa were about the deal the club could get as priority, not the team for the remainder of thsi season. Clearly, Carver was concerned we could also have lost Sissoko or Cisse in January. Presumably, the best offers didn’t arrive rather than any necessity to hang onto some decent players to see out the season.

  • sickandtired

    Mar 8, 2015 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #10

    What planet is the writer of this article on? better communication? They failed to answer most questions and just gave spin instead.


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