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Club Introduces New Fan Focus Groups – Does This Mean Ashley Is Likely To Be Staying?

Newcastle United have issued a statement declaring that they are introducing a new outreach program for fans called Fan Focus Groups. This will partly replace the existing Fans Forum.

According to the statement, this new group will focus on the following four key areas: Ticketing, Stadium & Matchday Experience, Community & Foundation, and the club’s inclusion equality movement, United As One.

There is more information on attending these meetings and their times and locations here.

Newcastle have also issued the following statement on their goal of having better communications with fans going forward:

The club is supporting its fan engagement efforts with a fresh commitment to wider supporter communication, building on recent national and local media interviews with the club’s owner, managing director, head coach, players and staff, as well as matchday programme notes.

Going forward, fans will hear more from across the club through both the wider media and the club’s own channels, including the club’s website, NUFC TV, social media accounts and by direct email.

We have no issue with this increased outreach to fans as long as the club follows through with them. There seems to be some potential opportunities for supporter groups to get easier access with Newcastle.

The statement also goes on to say that Lee Charnley has committed to personally meet with members of both the Newcastle United Supporters Trust (NUST) and Newcastle United Disabled Supporters Association (NUDSA).

Our big concern here is that this means Mike Ashley is in it for the long haul. We have our suspicions that Ashley is already an unwilling seller. The main foil to his staying at Newcastle is that the fans absolutely detest him.

So is this an attempt to curry favor with the Newcastle faithful? It remains to be seen, but we have learned to be very wary of any statements about Newcastle’s attempt at fan outreach. They have just been so woeful to their loyal supporters since Mike Ashley took control of the club.

33 comments so far

  • IrishRob

    Nov 29, 2019 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #1
  • Unused Substitute

    Nov 29, 2019 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #3

    Old sh¡t. Waste of time.

  • Jib

    Nov 29, 2019 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #4

    That’s right , dismiss it before it’s even started

  • lesh

    Nov 29, 2019 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #5


    I think your optimism about focus group’s a bit misplaced.

    Ashley’s got form when it comes to dialogue with the club’s fans – he prefers it to be one way and any critical narrative from fans being ignored. The farce of the fans forum says it all. Ashley, through his lapdog Charnley, pre-select questions and then issue pre-scripted vague and non-committal responses. The Forum’s a farce, lip service at best.

    Focus groups can and often are conducted as opinion seekers, over the phone or on line and I feel that ths is yet another charade, lip service to the FA/ EPL’s requirements.

    Is Ashley in for the long haul? He certainly is and there’s no way he’s going to give up a vehicle for advertising his businesses worldwide for £2m a year. He values the club at £350, he says yet what are potential buyers going to get for that? A stadium that needs a lot of refurbishment and has no scope for expansion (and thus revenue generation opportunities via hotels etc, an ill-equipped training facility, commercial revenue limited due to SD-related contracts, probably locked in…. basically he’s trying to sell a shell at £350m. Yes he’s here forever.

  • Jib

    Nov 29, 2019 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #6

    Who says lesh has a closed mind ?
    It’s not closed
    It’s empty

  • geordietom

    Nov 29, 2019 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #7
  • IrishRob

    Nov 29, 2019 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #8

    He has a mind???

  • IrishRob

    Nov 29, 2019 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #9

    Jib I need to get back to the 70’s so u can wear a pair of those bell bottoms, they would accentuate my package lovely.

  • Mister Tuff

    Nov 29, 2019 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #11

    Somebody has probably complained to UEFA about the clubs rubbish/just about non existent Supporter Liason.
    (UEFA requirement).
    So they’ve introduced their own version to quell the wrath of UEFA.

  • geordietom

    Nov 29, 2019 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #12
  • jasper

    Nov 29, 2019 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #13


    NUFC.co.uk says three tickets left fit Sheffield Utd.

  • Online Guy

    Nov 29, 2019 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #14

    Lesh #5

    That’s as near the truth as we are ever going to get out of Ashleys mouth ..you have him sussed

    When fans tell it like it is he attempts to shut them up ..even moving the singing section from the Leazes end as he just could not take just and fair critisism on the Chin.

    Ashleys a coward , a manipulator, and a liar .

    Your spot on Lesh, it’s depressing but that’s how it is. We are secondary to another business.

    If lost my passion for Newcastle United ..we are a shell .

    Selling the land at Strawberry place and in one fell swoop taking away the chance of future expansion and growth tells you everything as to why he is here..that and his dislike and constant lack of respect and riding roughshod over the Supporters time after time.

    Anyone defending him here is either thoughtless or stupid and lacking the mental capacity to see what’s gone on, or, are part of his posse.

  • geordietom

    Nov 29, 2019 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #15

    i recon it’s just Ashley and his minnion’s getting their head’s together to make them look like they are trying to reach out to the fan’s , to late for that now i would think

  • Rotonda heights

    Nov 29, 2019 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #16

    Online guy

    Who could we be talking about !! Lol

  • Online Guy

    Nov 29, 2019 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #17


    Try reading and understanding what Lesh has said ..then give an opinion .

    It’s all true.

    He’s right.

    Unless your in the Ashley propaganda camp?

  • Online Guy

    Nov 29, 2019 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #18



  • Online Guy

    Nov 29, 2019 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #19



  • Online Guy

    Nov 29, 2019 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #20

    Things to do , later.

  • IrishRob

    Nov 29, 2019 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #21

    God I forgot about Sheffield, were playing them after city, no way were beating them atm they are too well set up and drilled. That’s 2 likely defeats on the trot were gonna suffer with a tricky one that could go either way against Southampton the following game. It’s not unlikely that we could easily suffer 4 losses in a row including Villa before the Burnley game.

  • Jib

    Nov 29, 2019 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #22

    i = I
    recon = reckon
    minnions = minions
    to = too

  • toon22

    Nov 29, 2019 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #23

    Who would have guessed

    JIB defending Jabba


  • IrishRob

    Nov 29, 2019 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #24

    I’d say you’re 100% right there Tom.

  • Jib

    Nov 29, 2019 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #25

    I must be Tom

  • toon22

    Nov 29, 2019 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #26

    Jabba has used PR right from the start
    He knew his asset stripping wouldn’t be popular

    Hence posters like JIB and his many alts

  • Small World

    Nov 29, 2019 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #27

    Looks more like a “reach around” as opposed to an “outreach”. There is a significant difference between the two.

  • IrishRob

    Nov 29, 2019 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #28

    Froggy we know you’re online guy also. That’s kinda lame having 2 accounts

  • IrishRob

    Nov 29, 2019 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #29

    Nothing wrong with a reach around, tbf.

  • Online Guy

    Nov 29, 2019 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #30

    One more thing

    Newcastle City Council planning department and the magnificent 7 that voted for the development that stops expansion of the stadium need scrutinising named and shamed . 7 people in a football daft city decide that Newcastle United and its heritage and what it means to the people who live here should not take precedence over student accomadation and a hotel for transient people .

    Clowns .

  • Small World

    Nov 29, 2019 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #31

    “Nothing wrong with a reach around, tbf”

    -unless Ashley is behind it.

  • Small World

    Nov 29, 2019 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #32

    Online Guy,

    I can never recall a time when the City Council willingly went along with plans to develop SJP. It is amazing what SJH achieved. I once had an *interesting chat* with Sir Jeremy Beecham when I once found myself in the posh seats only 2 along from him. Back in the day, he fought tooth and nail over any extension to lease and the stadium. I suspect he’s not the only one.

  • Moonraker15

    Nov 29, 2019 at 8:41 PM

    Comment #33

    Your so bloody predictable! If we didn’t know you better we would say you’re an optimist but actually you’re just an Ashley apologist and we have NO reason to be optimistic as long as he’s the owner! Yawn!


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