NUFC Fans Forum sent an open letter to Lee Charnley back on 21st April and Lee replied some days later saying that he would consider bringing the next Fans Forum meeting forward, and yesterday they replied to Lee’s offer and want a meeting asap, but with owner Mike Ashley also present.
Lee Charnley – will he meet with fans?
That’s a good move by the fans, and while it was also a good move to ask that Mike Ashley to be present, that’s hardly likely to happen.
But with any other owner they would attend – given the serious situation at the moment is worse than when the first exchange of messages between the fans and Lee Charnley took place – because we have lost two more games since then.
Here is the open letter sent to Charnley yesterday by the influential Fans Forum group, who seem to have gained the respect of the club by their professionalism:
“It is the overall view of the Fans Forum that we wish to take you up on your offer to meet.” However, we do not want this meeting to be our remaining meeting simply brought forward.”
“We feel that there is more than plenty to discuss at our final meeting of the season.” We agree, as a group, that the club have been open and transparent during our meetings”
“However, we feel quite strongly that we would like Mike Ashley, the owner of NUFC to be present at this ‘interim’ meeting.”
“We feel that it isn’t too much to ask. We also feel that it may help NUFC in the long run.” It is something that we are sure that you recognize that many of our fans want.”
“Whilst it is quite obvious that yourself and Mike have been consistently against this, we must ask you to please reconsider this policy for the good of NUFC.”
“We must ask the club to act now and put its house ‘in order’ as a matter of urgency.” We have three remaining games. Three games give us three opportunities to protect our Premier League status.”
“We must have someone at the head of our team that will ensure that the eleven players in black and white shirts are indeed fighting for our survival.”
“The owners of NUFC must take responsibility in a gamble that has obviously not paid off.”
“Whilst John Carver is clearly NUFC through and through, the lack of key management qualities needed for the Premier League have put our club in this horrendous position.”
“Whilst the club have indicated that there will be no managerial change, we would urge you to provide the current coaching team with expert guidance towards man-management, whether that be from an existent member or from an external source on an interim basis.”
“Our fantastic away support was demonstrated yet again at Leicester – yet another sell-out. Some of those fans displayed a banner which read: ‘We don’t demand a team that wins, we demand a club that tries!’”
“While our fan base may have many differing views, we are quite convinced that we all share the sentiment of that banner.” Fans of NUFC are no longer prepared to accept this nonsense. Enough is enough.”
“We want Actions NOT Words.”
That’s a good and balanced statement right there – and if Lee Charnley is doing his job, it’s his responsibility to meet with this group, who are clearly representative of the fans.
And in that way they are representative of the loyal customers of the club.
Newcastle must improve significantly the way they deal with their fans, and here’s a great opportunity to sit down and thrash something out for the benefit of the club and the team in the short-term over the next two and a half weeks.
We’ve been getting the impression over the last several weeks that Lee just doesn’t know what to do in this current situation, other than hoping for a win which would probably take us out of the real threat of relegation.
But as we all know that hasn’t happened and Lee’s been very quiet for the top executive responsible for the day-to-day running of Newcastle United for owner Mike Ashley.
It’s part of his job and he should have the meeting – hopefully this week.
Let’s hope that happens – it will be good for both sides – and could even help the fans get right behind the side in our final three games.