Responsible And Needed Move Made By NUFC Fans Forum

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.

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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.

Comments welcome.

20 comments so far

  • Obertan's better than Messi

    May 6, 2015 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #1

    Who cares?


  • dave 1961

    May 6, 2015 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #2

    Its now time to back off John Carver, Charnley should be the target as he appointed Carver who had a record of failing all his attempts at management, sadly if you put someone in charge who has failed in his previous 4 managerial jobs you should not be surprised when he fails at a club 10 times up the ladder from your 4 previous jobs. this man should be be handed to jehad john for his final dispatch.

  • Average_Contents

    May 6, 2015 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #3

    From a piece by the chronicle

    Should of been no to all three. He must know he’s lying to himself surely? No way after his public meltdowns he’s getting the players back onside and obviously he can’t handle the pressure because of said meltdowns. The evidence so far also suggests he cannot keep us up.

    United’s managing director Lee Charnley asked Carver three questions – could he handle the criticism, keep the team up and win back the dressing room. The head coach, who did not offer his resignation on Sunday or Monday, answered yes to all three and that satisfied the demands of Charnley, who is also under pressure after admitting to “mistakes” that have pushed Newcastle towards the brink of a relegation fight.

  • geordieviking

    May 6, 2015 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #4

    Have to agree with earlier post from Lilo.
    Ashley (not the club) needs to make a major gesture to ease the pressure for the next three games. Refunds etc aren’t enough, it needs to be something as big as halving ( or clearing) the clubs debt (he can afford it) or sacking Charnley. Nothing less would appease most fans.

  • Ibizatoon

    May 6, 2015 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #5

    Ed….This is the fans forums second letter. The first one simply got a “we’ll move forward our end of season meet”. No date given and nothing since.

    “influential Fans Forum group, who seem to have gained the respect of the club by their professionalism:”

    Respect of the club? Ed, I really don’t know where you get that from. Instead of working on letters from Colo, they could have answered the fans forum, you know, the ones who are “clearly representative of the fans.”

    Ed, I love this blog, appreciate your efforts, but I am disappointed by your recent stance. You, like I, are entitled to your opinion, you do seem to be doing your best to ignore a growing section of toon fans though.

  • scout

    May 6, 2015 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #6

    Every night when LC looks in the mirror he knows thats another day of doing Newcastle fans over. I hope the sleepless nights get you before the relegation.

  • scout

    May 6, 2015 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #7

    He could be on the payroll.

  • geordielad880

    May 6, 2015 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #8

    Side to play west brom:-



    ———————–de jong

    subs:- woodman, taylor, cabella, sissoko, perez,aarons, riviere

    jonas and obertan to help protect full backs, and sissoko to replace obertan after 60 mins, cabella for de jong after 60 mins, and perez for armstrong at half time

  • mecannylad

    May 6, 2015 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #9

    Never lose sight of this folks; for all his commitment and love of NUFC – and now unfortunately rather like Sports Direct – the Editor of this blog has an important new agenda ….. its called profit.
    This has been clouding his judgement I believe for some time now ……

  • mindshaft

    May 6, 2015 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #10

    Ashley is clearly to blame for our demise, whilst some like to think Charnley and Carr and Charver are responsible it’s Ashley who over promoted them..
    ffs – Charnley is an admin monkey, promoted to director, Carr a scout put in charge of all player recruitment and Charver a p155 poor lackey promoted to head coach
    I’m sure its saved Ashley a few bob and given us a smaller wage bill but at what cost

  • Mister Tuff

    May 6, 2015 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #11

    Folk should recall the dodgy programme notes of Joe Kinnear.
    Eventually the club admitted that the notes were written collaboratively.

    ‘The board clarified that Joe Kinnear was involved in the drafting of the notes but that the overall messaging was determined collaboratively and could be read as communication from the board (Mike Ashley).”

    The club have tried to hoodwink the fans previously – shudder to think they would try it again.

  • roblee7

    May 6, 2015 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #12

    I reckon Ferreyra should start all 3 games and be told if he scores 2 goals minimum, he’ll get a contract 🙂 seriously, don’t understand why we don’t even give him last 20 minutes or so. Armstrongs came on plenty like that this season and done nothing so why doesn’t chucky get a shot? Oh, wouldn’t be something to do with him not being a geordie, would it?

  • geordielad880

    May 6, 2015 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #13

    armstrong has to start, scoring goals (even though its in reserves) and bleeds black and white, sterry is very decent from what i have seen of reserves, decent going forward i prefer to play players in right positions, rather than anita lb and jonas rb etc, satka is not strong enough to play cb yet from what i have seen, but good on ball, and has good feet, like a young colo, needs experience out on loan in league 1 in my opinion, but needs must, i would have played shane ferguson lb if we had him!!!!!

  • Mint

    May 6, 2015 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #14

    I very much look forward to the attitude on display on the pitch this wekend. Will really show them up if they still have the down and out body language were all so used to.

    Could well just be the PR spin to put the fans in the blame for poor results

  • banjax

    May 6, 2015 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #15

    Mike Ashley is not likely to sell up any time soon, so the next best thing is to sack Lee Charnley, the board and all the associated yes men who tug their grovelling forlocks to their Lord and master and bring in a board of professionals with a proper manager who decides which players he buys and sells. The manager must have total control of playing matters and the necessary discipline of the players. This is the only way it will work.

  • geordielad880

    May 6, 2015 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #16

    im asmuch against ashley as most of the fans are, but we need to get behind the players for the last 3 games, like the leicester fans were like, it should be intimidating, but it has not been like that for so long, protests have a time and place, but its not now, i think colo’s statement is bollox, its to try and get the supporters behind the team, which is what we need

  • geordielad880

    May 6, 2015 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #17

    And i can tell you newcastle have sounded out moyes about the job, my gf’s dad is a scout for newcastle, and thats what he has said anyway, ashley has wanted him as manager for quite a while, i think he is decent, but no way would he put up with been a coach and not a manager, he would want total say on transfers

  • spitfire_

    May 6, 2015 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #18

    The Parliament can’t force ashley do to anything, but the Newcastle United fans will can… Yeah, right.

  • GeordielivinginDover

    May 6, 2015 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #19

    Ashley has the cheek to allow a begging letter from our so called captain to be released to plead for support to save our premiership status. Don’t get me wrong on this I would love us to be in the premiership but seriously what’s the point the Fatman just pockets the premiership money. That’s all he wants. Surely Fatty should consider a successful team on the pitch playing good football would be better for his sports direct publicity. Come on ffs give us something for us all to be proud of again.

  • boltonmagpie

    May 7, 2015 at 10:41 PM

    Comment #20

    “What is a club in any case?”

    “Not the buildings or the directors or the people who are paid to represent it.

    It’s not the television contracts, get-out clauses, marketing departments or executive boxes.”

    “It’s the noise, the passion, the feeling of belonging, the pride in your city.”

    “It’s a small boy clambering up stadium steps for the very first time, gripping his father’s hand, gawping at that hallowed stretch of turf beneath him and, without being able to do a thing about it, falling in love.”

    Bobby Robson.

    He could have written that about me!
    The current shenanigans will turn youngsters away. Once they are gone, they are gone. After nearly 50 years supporting the Toon I am now despairing at the way the “Club” conducts itself.
    It has never been our club, but we have never been so far away as we are today!!


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