Newcastle Need To Cut Out This Nonsense


When Steve McClaren was introduced as the new head coach last Wednesday night, Newcastle again caused some (big) controversy with the media, by only allowing Sky Sports and the Mirror to interview Steve after his formal announcement.

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Steve McClaren at his unveiling last Wednesday

It was very quickly big news in the press, not surprisingly, and we’re not even sure why it was done, since of course Newcastle are hardly the best at communicating to their fans and others, what they are doing and why they are doing it.

In an exclusive today with the Star, former top striker Malcolm Macdonald has pleaded with the club to stop the madness:

This is some of what Malcolm has said:

“For heaven’s sake, stop this madness and open up the doors of St James’ Park.”“Why the hell enforce a news shut-out?”  “It’s creating a venomous situation.”  “We have a free press in this country and if they are excluded, they become a dangerous animal.”

“It’s total madness banning anyone. The press are the link between the club and its supporters. No other club in the world would ever dream of doing that.”

“The media who are not the chosen few are certainly not going to be on board and all pulling together.” “This is a time when Newcastle definitely needs friends and they should be embracing the press with McClaren’s arrival.”

“I truly believe Steve is one of the top men in the country. He’s had a great schooling in the game and had terrific success as a coach and a manager.”

“I’m not speaking from the Derby County affair and the cloud under which he left.”  “And not England. He was chucked into that job before he was ready.”

“I back him totally. He’s the right man for the job. Yes, I think Newcastle have made a great decision – which is rare.”

“A new manager should be given every possible chance to do the job right.”

Malcolm is absolutely right.

Steve McClaren is a sensible man who’s well respected, and he has a good relationship with the press.

It wouldn’t be a  surprise if he’s been asking Lee Charnley why the press was restricted last Wednesday.

Newcastle are making no friends with these rather stupid and dumb actions that get us more bad publicity at the national level,  and they need to cut it out – sooner rather than later.

We need to become a proper club again and stop scoring own goals – and that means you cannot restrict the press.

Comments welcome.



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163 comments so far

  • Tsunki

    Jun 14, 2015 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #1

    Superman is correct. The only reason for a ban is if you’ve done something wrong and don’t want to be asked about it

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  • Tsunki

    Jun 14, 2015 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #2

    OK ha ha Superman = SuperMac 🙂

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  • Ron Knee

    Jun 14, 2015 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #3

    “We need to become a proper club again” – Not while Ashley’s around!

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 14, 2015 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #4

    Can those of you all remember when the club said they’d only sign the players with the right attitude. Well that attidute had nothing to do with being a self styled gangster or wife beater, it had nothing to do with being prepared to go on strike to force a move or sit and rot in the reserves until your contract ran out. What the right attitude really means is being prepared to forsake any chance of silverware on poor wages on the off chance you’ll be picked up at a bigger club for more money while turning a profit for the club.

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jun 14, 2015 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #5

    JDdubai…there’s no guarantee Austin will 10 goals for us mate either. He’s done it once for QPR – would be more comforting if he had done it again before spending that much wouldn’t you agree?

    Shouldn’t matter where the player is from. It’s all about character and mind frame I think.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 14, 2015 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #6

    *especially those that gloated because we won’t pay the going rate.

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  • Tsunki

    Jun 14, 2015 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #7

    Francis Jeffers anyone? Be careful when raving about so called up and coming stars of the future.

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  • cyprus

    Jun 14, 2015 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #8

    We’ve tried top CF’s both from abroad and locally with disastrous results. People like Rush (ok he was 72), Kluivert, Tomasson, Viduka, Owen etc, etc have all failed to make the grade.

    The CF is a strange animal, a predator who can eat but will also be eaten alive, if he shows any kind of hesitation.

    Apart from Ronaldo and a couple others, anyone (or many) could fail here or elsewhere.

    E.g. Falcao: a top drawer player who won’t make it at Chelsea. Like Shevchenko before him. And a Torres guy too.

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  • The overrated Frenchman

    Jun 14, 2015 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #9

    I said much the same on another thread and was told to go and support the mackems. The cloak and dagger games that the hierarchy of this club plays is a window into their lack of intelligence and unsuitability when it comes to running a PL club.

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  • Tsunki

    Jun 14, 2015 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #10

    Jail – I remember that upbeat idea about us not being taken for mugs and “shrewd buying” was all the rage. But it gradually turned into the realisation that it was a cynical money machine.

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  • JDdubai

    Jun 14, 2015 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #11

    Jesper

    For me the odds are better on Austin hitting the ground running for us than someone new to the PL. of course anyone can do well and anyone can fail, just comes down to most likely.

    And any CF will need more opportunities than we created last year so keeping SDJ and AArons fit is just a big of a priority.

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  • Slank

    Jun 14, 2015 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #12

    The benefit to us fans in having a low number (Sky and Mirror for sure) of authorised media outlets is that what they report is more than likely to be nearer the truth than all other media outlets.

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  • Average_Contents

    Jun 14, 2015 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #13

    Cue Jeff/jib/jane, googling info trying to find other clubs who have banned the press or excluded them in a pathetic attempt to back the slug and say “look other clubs do it so what’s the problem”

    Yours sincerely

    Nostredamas

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 14, 2015 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #14

    Cyprus,
    And your point is ?

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  • optimistic prime

    Jun 14, 2015 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #15

    Tsunki

    I’ve said more than once I wasn’t that impressed by Austin and was shot down.
    Cisse can score all the types of goals Austin does, £15m to hold the ball up is way to much. He’d be perfect for Percy’s NUFC but isn’t Schteeve supposed to be changing our football philosophy?

    I’d much rather take a chance on Dost Mitrovich or Berihino.

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  • cyprus

    Jun 14, 2015 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #16

    JFA,
    So that’s what they meant by right attitude 🙂

    I must disagree there mate. If my memory serves me, they brought in a total axxxxe with an attitude to solve the attitude problem! That was funny. Now this aforementioned axxxxxe proceeded to destroy my team.

    He also focused on a specific player (he grabbed him by the throat in order to imrove the players attitude!! lol) who, apart from being top notch, through charity and other work has proven to be a nice guy after all.

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  • Slank

    Jun 14, 2015 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #17

    JDdubai @ 11

    ‘…of course anyone can do well and anyone can fail…’

    Perez and Riviere

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  • Average_Contents

    Jun 14, 2015 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #18

    Looks like I didn’t foresee slank saying it’s a good thing.

    Yours sincerely

    Average fortune teller

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  • cyprus

    Jun 14, 2015 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #19

    JFA,
    Not sure I had a point there at 8 🙂 Maybe that anyone we bring in could be a flop.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 14, 2015 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #20

    Slank!
    Yes only having selected news outlets in Russia, N Korea and China guarantees it’s citizens get unlimited access to the truth. I wish I was as clever as you Slank.

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  • Ron Knee

    Jun 14, 2015 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #21

    overrated
    You don’t like the new-look board? Two geriatrics, the Tea Boy – and SM. What worlds we’ll conquer with that team!

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  • Tsunki

    Jun 14, 2015 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #22

    Slank you never disappoint to serve up some of the biggest tosh. How can restricting media coverage be conducive to truth? Are you a Soviet?

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jun 14, 2015 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #23

    JDdubai…I just want us to do our home work before we fork out £15M. We are not going to spend like Chelsea so we better make it count.

    Austin scoring alot of goals for QPR is not a measurement for me…I think you need to look deeper than that. Wenger is usually very good at it, but even he gets it wrong at times.

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  • Jib

    Jun 14, 2015 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #24

    Actually the press ban was a financial not political deal , something to do with a Sports Direct advertising campaign next Winter.
    Sky and the Mirror Group paid for their coverage , it’s quite normal in other countries .
    If you think about it , it virtually guarantees any member of the Geordie diaspora around the UK and the world will only buy the Mirror.
    Rumour has it that Mike Ashley likes to make a buck or two !!

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  • Tsunki

    Jun 14, 2015 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #25

    Yes it was another money making idea. No less reprehensible because it killed many birds with one stone.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 14, 2015 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #26

    Absolutely unbelievable that people still think that a media outlet associated with Mike Ashley is more likely to report the truth. Slank I hope to fcuk your wife deals with cold calls from Nigeria !

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 14, 2015 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #27

    Ah, that’s ok then, only having select media coverage to line the pockets of MASH holdings and SD makes it justifiable. No wonder I dobt get this five/three/octo yearly plan !

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  • Average_Contents

    Jun 14, 2015 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #28

    And there we go. The Google king has spoken. Fcuk me I’m physic after all.

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  • dantoon85

    Jun 14, 2015 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #29

    Groundhog Day!! Just another day as stressed out toon fan. Fantastic!!!

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  • optimistic prime

    Jun 14, 2015 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #30

    JFA

    Come on lad, be nice 😉
    Mickeys extended the season ricket renewal again and wrote to the fans, top guy 🙂

    http://www.themag.co.uk/2015/06/a-desperate-mike-ashley-extends-season-ticket-deadline-for-second-time-and-writes-to-fans/

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 14, 2015 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #31

    Jesper,
    Did you wait until a contract ran out before completing your homework

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  • geordieboy83

    Jun 14, 2015 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #32

    People are entitled to their opinions, bit are people really questioning austins ability? Hes as close to shearer in the way he plays. Mobile, strong, 2 good feet, good head, passionate? I dont get some of you lot, I swear it wouldnt matter what was done there would be complaining.

    JFA cheer up man, why do you insist on shooting everyone down for their observations?

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 14, 2015 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #33

    OP
    Is that genuine ????

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  • John Tudor

    Jun 14, 2015 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #34

    32 makes no odds he aint coming here

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 14, 2015 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #35

    NUFC
    Newcastle United Football company ??

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  • Jib

    Jun 14, 2015 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #36

    Never Googled it

    Didn’t have to cos , I know stuff , am well travelled , read a lot , and most importantly listen.

    Just because a blogger explains something doesn’t mean he agrees with it.

    I lecture on Modern European History , I could tell you stuff about the Einsatzgruppen in the Ukraine that would make your hair stand on end , that doesn’t mean I agree with genocide.

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  • dantoon85

    Jun 14, 2015 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #37

    JFA
    I noticed that aswell. We’re a company now not a club lmao

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  • John Tudor

    Jun 14, 2015 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #38

    at this rate he will extend till xmas

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  • lesh

    Jun 14, 2015 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #39

    The Club fails to see the benefits of having a friendly media on board the good ship Newcastle United.

    The media have powers far greater than Ashley imagines – pi$$ it off and there could be a lot of unhelpful coverage.

    It really is time he thought about his paranoia and greed, looked after the hacks, treat them to hospitality and an on-side, on-message media could prove to be very helpful to the Club.

    Clueless, the Club behaves like a bull in a china shop!

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 14, 2015 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #40

    Jeff in bikini,
    You are a Cambridge graduate, ex SAS, forward prop for Tynedale Rugby club, taxi driver with a penchant for listening to Night owl callers with learning difficulties, you have hosted parties for the stars and claim to speak about fifteen languages. Have you read James Thurbers short story.

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