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.
We're introducing new Fan Focus Groups to give you a say in club operations!
Fancy getting involved?
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) November 29, 2019
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.