The Fans Forum took the initiative last week and sent an open letter to Lee Charnley and asked three specific questions, and in response the Newcastle Managing Director Lee Charnley has sent a letter to members and he will bring the next Fans Forum meeting forward, but no date has been mentioned – but it will be before the end of the season.
Lee Charnley – brought forward Fans Forum meeting
With our seventh defeat in a row yesterday when the team seemed to collapse in the second half after looking fairly good in the first half, the likelihood of Newcastle getting pulled into the relegation fight has become all too real, and we will be dependent now on what other sides below us do in the league – if we continue to lose games and cannot help ourselves.
And that’s always a very bad situation to be in with only four games to go.
This is the letter sent to Fans Forum members:
“In order to discuss the issues you raise, I intend to bring forward the date of our next Fans Forum meeting which was originally scheduled for the end of the season.
“I am sure Forum members past and present will agree that the Club has been open and transparent during all interactions, including meetings and correspondence, and this next meeting will be no different.”
“In my opinion, the introduction of the Forum has been productive for all the parties involved and, as we move forward, the Forum will continue to be one of our preferred forms of fan communication and engagement.”
“With five games now remaining of the season – including three at St. James’ Park, I would ask you, indeed all supporters, to get fully behind John Carver and the players as they look to finish the season as strongly as possible.”
“When St. James’ Park is loud and supportive of the team on the pitch, it does make a huge difference.” “We accept mistakes have been made and understand you raise these issues because you want the best for your football club.”
“Please be assured we want the same – we want to give you a football club you can be proud of and a team you feel passionate to support.”
That last line is kind of hard to take given what Lee Charnley and Mike Ashley did in January.
It’s almost getting to the point where Newcastle have to do something soon – rather than just hoping we can get one win in our last four games.
The last time we were relegated we didn’t think we would go down either, but we also kept losing games and that 1-0 defeat at Aston Villa on the last day of the transfer window stunned Newcastle fans around the world.
We’d like to see the Fans Forum meeting held this week – and Lee Charnley has to again admit openly to big mistakes being made in January, and then try to bring everybody together for the final four games of the season, in an effort to save the club from relegation.
Forget just for one moment about Mike Ashley and trying to get him out of the club – that can be picked up again at the end of the season – we’d try to being everybody together just so we can survive in the Premier League.
Lee Charnley could also hold a press conference and take questions from the media during this coming week.
Forget the fact he doesn’t like doing it – that’s what’s needed – and the sooner the better – and Newcastle are now almost in a disaster recovery situation as both a business and a football club.
But it may be too late to do much now – since the powers that be at the club have allowed things to stagnate and fall apart over the last two months – and have shown no initiative, communication or good management to alleviate the situation.
Newcastle have lost every single game in March and April – and not a word was said from above.
And when you’ve lost seven games in a row it becomes enormously difficult to stop that losing trend, as players find ways to lose games – as we did yesterday.
Newcastle could also think seriously about bringing in an experienced coach this week to help John Carver manage the last four games of the season – but that may also not happen.
If Newcastle do nothing, it only increases the danger of the club going down – which is what we are primarily concerned about right now.
And remember that Newcastle will be a lot easier to sell this summer of we are still a Premier League club.