In order to improve the communications between the Newcastle club and the fans – which has always been very poor since Mike Ashley bought the club back in 2007 – which seems like 25 years ago – the club started a Fans Forum meeting which were to take place four times a year but have been cut to three times a year.
That´s interesting in itself.
The latest meeting took place on Monday night and we are now waiting for the minutes of that meeting and why they are not produced the very next day we have no idea – it cannot be very difficult to get the notes together and get them out in one day surely – but hey this is Newcastle where nothing is ever easy.
Lee Charnley – senior executive at Newcastle
There was one good Fans forum meeting and that was held last summer when new coach Steve McClaren attended and Steve freely answered the questions put by the representatives on the Forum.
He was even interfacing with the fans and listening to what they had to say and trying to understand their concerns.
But take Steve away and those who attend from Newcastle seem to hate and dread these meetings and it´s become a forum where Newcastle defend what they have done – it´s damage control.
We suppose that´s what happens when so many mistakes have been made in the last two years in running the club and why we have been fighting relegation those years.
It´s almost like Lee Charnley and company are treating the fans as the enemy and simply try to contain things at the meetings – they hardly seem to come across as being open and answer the questions openly.
From what we understand they hardly seem to enjoy the meetings.
We are hoping the minutes from Monday night show that some good questions were asked and that those representing Newcastle – we have no idea who was even present – answered the questions fully and didn´t try to dodge them by saying things like – that´s in the past and we only want to look forward.
When you are senior management in a company you cannot get away with daft answers like that – you are accountable for what´s happened to the club – good or bad.
Lee Charnley is not exactly vocal at the best of times and he has presided these last 22 months over a significant decline in the fortunes of Newcastle, since he was appointed as the top executive at the club.
The Fans Forum can and should be a good thing, but not if Newcastle simply think of it as a chore they have to go through four times a year.
Lee promised a Fan Forum meeting before the end of last season to discuss our terrible situation – but didn´t hold the meeting and didn´t even say why he didn´t hold the meeting.
How´s that for generating trust with the fans – you must do what you say you are going to do when your are in a senior management position – otherwise you lose credibility – quickly.
The likes of Lee Charnley and Steve McClaren don´t seem good enough to be serving in the roles they have at Newcastle United.
If they were then why are we in the position we are in – basically fighting to stay in the Premier League.
Those are the cold facts of Newcastle United – its not even an opinion.