Newcastle’s Communication To Fans Still A Failing Grade


After we were relegated on 11th May, there was a press release from Lee Charnley within 30 minutes of the final whistle, after Sunderland had beaten Everton 3-0 at the Stadium of Light.

Then we heard from owner Mike Ashley the next day, although there was no apology from either man to the long-suffering Newcastle fans.

There should be an apology from the club because it was their incompetence that has resulted in this relegation.

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Lee Charnley – staying on as Managing Director?

Since May 11th there has been a stony silence from the club as the negotiations with Rafa Benitez seem to have dragged on – and on – and on …….

We just hope that’s not another sign of Lee Charnley dithering around – which he has been known to do far too often – including on whether to sack Steve McClaren last season – when he decided too many times not to do.

The good news in the Chronicle today is the some of Rafa’s staff began locating to Newcastle last week – so that’s a very good sign.

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In Charnley’s message on relegation he said there would be improved communications with the fans in due course, but if Lee stays on as Managing Director, which are the big rumors, we cannot see that happening.

The club still gets a failing grade on their communications with fans.

Yes, he may release statements – sometimes long – but with Lee they never say anything of substance.

There is the Fans Forum meeting coming up – the end of season Fans Forum meeting – but with Lee he seems to view the fans more as enemies and is loathe to answer the questions with any substance.

That has to change.

Maybe Lee can ensure Rafa Benitez attends these Fan Forum meetings and then the reps would get the real deal directly from the horse’s mouth so to speak (sorry Rafa) – from the man himself – and we know Rafa doesn’t see the fans as the enemy.

Rafa Benitez sees the Newcastle fans as a huge advantage the club has – the fans are the lifeblood of the club – and hardly the enemy.

It would be great if Rafa can attend the next Fan Forum meeting and maybe he can tell the Forum reps in attendance some of his plans and his vision for the club?

Sounds good to us.

Comments welcome.



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74 comments so far

  • MadisonToon

    May 23, 2016 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #1

    REPOST:

    I think Dummett is a hot commodity because he is English and would be a suitable squad player for anyone but the big clubs. There aren’t too many British left backs of note which increases his stock. He’s still Dummett who will never be even close to a great player, but the way the league is setup and the dearth of other Prem-proven homegrown LBs means he is attractive to some clubs. Although it should be a requirement for LBs, he is left-footed which is also a positive.

    Personally, I think we could sell him and upgrade but he could be perfect for the Championship run and then make the swap for a better player at the end of next season. I don’t really see him leaving but you never know.

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  • jayphoto

    May 23, 2016 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #2

    Agree, the clubs communication is a failure! But we’ve no idea who’s side this hold up is on or why! Personally I take the fact that rafa hasn’t ruled it out as a good thing but theres always the chance he’s assessing his options, keeping an eye on who everton appoint and what positions on the manager merry go round become available

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  • Tsunki

    May 23, 2016 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #3

    Photo caption –

    “Mummy says says if i don’t suck my thumb for 20 seconds I can have another toffee apple ….17….13….8…2…19………………8..”

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  • expatmag

    May 23, 2016 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #4

    Madison

    Dummett apparently is Welsh therefore, is he classed as a foreigner?

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    May 23, 2016 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #5

    Judging by his face, he is letting his mammy know that he is managing to have a poo on his potty, like a good lad.

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  • Tsunki

    May 23, 2016 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #6

    “the championship is alot more accommodating for players with less pace” Hmm. Not sure about that Jayphoto. it’s a skilful league but it’s high on closing down, athleticism and pressure, where skill may be less in evidence. I don’t think DeJong will enjoy the freedom of the city there mate. Good place for him to finally to open up a midfield or two though, but he really needs fitness. I’m not sure if his lung problems have not permanently affected him.

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  • Tsunki

    May 23, 2016 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #7

    Mark he’d probably need a heads up to drop his Crackers first.

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  • Tsunki

    May 23, 2016 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #9

    If Dummett did leave, would Ed use his Badge-Patting photo to announce it? 😉

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  • jayphoto

    May 23, 2016 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #10

    @expat – goes on birth and nationality not international side played for I think? He’s definitely homegrown! I’d keep him anyway, hes improved each year, not sure hes a great PL defender but he’s certainly good enough to be a top championship player!

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  • Tsunki

    May 23, 2016 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #11

    Be nice without that sharp loan monkeys name on but better than the big blue splash. They were going to announce kits sooner weren’t they? Last game? Probably busy ironing off all the PL logos.

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  • jayphoto

    May 23, 2016 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #12

    @tsunki – Was thinking of players like Joey Barton, one of the stars of the championship this year, burnley player of the year and is deffo on the slow side yet found it an accomodating league

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  • Small World

    May 23, 2016 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #13

    More dithering and lack of communication. Normally Season Ticket renewals are out well before the season end. Still no sniff of them. I bet the b@#gers are going to put the price up and are waiting to soften the blow with the Rafa announcemen….

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  • Lincoln toon

    May 23, 2016 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #14

    REPOST from last thread:

    Now then, long time reader but first time poster. Great article in the chronicle. Just wondered what everyone else’s views are on it. Will give my thoughts on it in due course. Completely personifies the farcical policies and structures of the club. Apologies, posted twice in error.

    http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/rise-fall-graham-carr-man-11364194

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    May 23, 2016 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #15

    Hobo

    Its ok, better than the one i saw this morning (cant find it now). I’d still prefer more stripes.

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  • jayphoto

    May 23, 2016 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #16

    Nicest kit we’ve had for a while that!
    Hoping the away kit is ugly as sin! We always have a belter of a season when the away kit is awful!

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  • expatmag

    May 23, 2016 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #17

    Jay

    Thanks for that. Wasnt quite sure of the rules.

    I would keep.him too. At worst, he is a useful squad player

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  • welshgeordie9

    May 23, 2016 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #18

    How the frig can welsh people be classed as foreigners, didn’t know we need a passport to go over the Severn Bridge.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 23, 2016 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #19

    Don’t go slating Churners, Jib will dig up an ancient howler you might have posted.

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    May 23, 2016 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #20

    I think Welshie is right, in this case.

    I am pretty sure british players are all counted as home grown. Certainly the welsh should be, since the bigger welsh sides play in the english league.

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    May 23, 2016 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #21

    Jail

    Thats why jib is quiet at the moment, he is trawling the blog archives for just such material on us all!

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  • Small World

    May 23, 2016 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #22

    Like the look of the proposed new kit, though would have preferred a couple more stripes. The gold detail looks good as long as it doesn’t come with great yellow streak down the back.

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    May 23, 2016 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #23

    A home-grown player will be defined as one who, irrespective of his nationality or age, has been registered with any club affiliated to the Football Association or the Football Association of Wales for a period, continuous or not, of three entire seasons or 36 months prior to his 21st birthday (or the end of the Season during which he turns 21).

    Ok. So nowt to do with nationalities, and it only includes england and wales fa’s.

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  • dok - the horrid colonial

    May 23, 2016 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #24

    like the new shirt, can always put a piece of white tape over the logo…

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    May 23, 2016 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #25

    Hence why Krul is classed as a home grown player

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    May 23, 2016 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #26

    Dok

    I would get maybe a tyne bridge design on a plain white patch, the same size as the wonga design, then get some of that iron on wonder web stuff, and cover it.

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  • jayphoto

    May 23, 2016 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #27

    welsh players will rarely be classed as foreigners as nearly all of them came through youth academys of English league clubs. (Cardiff and Swansea count as homegrown).
    Not sure what the rule is on if they came through a league of wales club but then has that even ever happened?

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 23, 2016 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #28

    According to NUFC.com more talks are scheduled between zchurners and his holiness today.

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  • expatmag

    May 23, 2016 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #29

    Welsh

    You have an international team of your own. Great Britain doesnt play in the World Cup or the European Championships. It is a fair assumption to make. Even someone as thick as you should see that.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 23, 2016 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #30

    Welsh make sulphur hexafluoride look less dense.

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    May 23, 2016 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #31

    Jay

    Welsh players count as home grown, even when registered with a club under the welsh fa. I copy/pasted the rule a few posts back.

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  • dok - the horrid colonial

    May 23, 2016 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #32

    YCMIU,

    great idea… ill be hitting you up when it happens 🙂

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  • dok - the horrid colonial

    May 23, 2016 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #33

    YCMIU

    still think that preseason shirt vs Braga, the half white and half black was one of the best I have seen… too bad I couldn’t afford it…

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    May 23, 2016 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #34

    Dok

    The downside is having to actually buy a wonga shirt

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  • welshgeordie9

    May 23, 2016 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #35

    How the frig am I thick, when you just come out with the are Welsh people foreigners, that’s got to be the dumbest thing ever said on this blog, well done numb nuts.

    If we were foreigners we would need a passport, simple really.

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  • hibbitt

    May 23, 2016 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #36

    just wondering if Charnley speaking fluent spanish has had any bearing on him having a so called good working relationship with Rafa ??

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  • bettyswallocks

    May 23, 2016 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #37

    I like the new Welsh shirt for the upcoming Euros. Had to laugh at the little sheep logo on the collar.

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  • dok - the horrid colonial

    May 23, 2016 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #38

    YCMIU,
    and that sir, is the 100 pound decision lol

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  • Tsunki

    May 23, 2016 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #39

    Jay Re Barton ha ha yes but we all know how Joey compensates for lack of pace! He has his,ways of making room for himself. Not sure SDJ has the muscle or intent to do that 🙂

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  • welshgeordie9

    May 23, 2016 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #40

    Betty

    At least there’s a Welsh team in the premier league.

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