Thursday, September 14, 2017

NUFC Ticket Watch 17/18

Newcastle United choose not to publish ticket prices ahead of sale, or leave the prices on their site, in the public domain, after the games.

This lack of transparency makes it difficult for fans to make an informed decision when it comes to purchasing a season ticket or not.

The policy seems to be one that is made up as they go along.

I have recorded ticket prices for previous seasons here

2014/2015

2015/2016

I intend to keep an eye on ticket prices for 2017/2018 in this post. I'll keep it updated as and when tickets are made available.

  


Lie - Ashley Doesn't Interfere

From The Mag 14/09/2017

Mike Ashley – 21 March 2017
“So the best thing was to make sure it was on solid ground and then step back and get them to self-manage NewcastleCreate a board, get the board to appoint the manager, put the manager on the board as well and then not interfere.

Then on 15 June 2017 we had proof that as usual it was all spin from Ashley’s side of things, particularly with the Newcastle United ‘board’ now consisting of Lee Charnley and Bobby Moncur.
Mike Ashley has drafted in somebody at Newcastle United who Lee Charnley has to answer to.
As reported by the Telegraph, Ashley has brought Justin Barnes into St James Park and they say that now Lee Charnley has to run any financial decisions past him.

Then we had this from The Mirror on 27 August 2017:
After a series of transfer window moans, Toon boss Benitez was visited by managing director Lee Charnley and Justin Barnes — a lawyer working for Magpies owner Mike Ashley — after Saturday’s win over West Ham.
PR man Keith Bishop was also present amid concern at the European Cup winner’s comments about his transfer budget.
Owner Ashley is believed to have asked Benitez to stop his unsettling comments and to “get on with his job”.

Then on Saturday we had this from Sky Sports (10 September 2017):
‘Mike Ashley says he will donate £20m to the players if they win the FA Cup this season’.

Finally we covered this on The Mag yesterday (13 September 2017)
Miles Starforth (of the Shields Gazette) has had the inside track on this story from the start and he has revealed that a phone conversation between Mike Ashley and Newcastle captain Jamaal Lascelles saw the bonus scheme eventually agreed.

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Lie - Newcastle United want a better Fans Forum

The pressure on Steve McClaren’s position is becoming intense.  Failure to beat Bournemouth today would likely see a much more vocal response from disgruntled supporters than the angry exchanges between Daryl Janmaat and some of the travelling faithful who witnessed the capitulation in Stoke midweek.  But, this is nothing we’ve not seen repeated year in, year out.  John Carver invited some fans to the training ground to smooth things over following the offer of a fight in the car park last season during his poor spell.  Alan Pardew spent the entire ninety minutes uncharacteristically pinned to his seat for the visit of Cardiff in 2014 as he was roundly booed every time he stood up.  So, when McClaren does eventually depart, will the club do a better job of finding a manager that gets the endorsement of the crowd? The recent fans forum provided me some insight into this question.


A year ago, in the fans forum of March 2015 Newcastle United were challenged by the supporter representatives on the effort they had made to promote the event to a wider audience.  The club do a fine job publicising open training during school holidays, signing sessions when new shirts are released and a certain payday loan companies efforts at supporter engagement.  But not the fans forum.  


The forum is a UEFA sanctioned activity the club must partake in, so the cynic might think the club would prefer to get it out of the way as discretely as possible.  However, from the minutes of that meeting a year ago the club promised to "look at ways to enhance this so that more fans are engaging in the process”.  


In October, Lee Marshall, the club supporter liaison officer (another UEFA sanctioned role the club is forced to have) offered to meet me for a chat and I asked him about the issue.  I asked why can't the fans forum be broadcast on Periscope for everyone to watch and join in with?  Questions could be submitted by anyone viewing.  They could be submitted via Twitter, Facebook or whatever social network the club has a presence on too.  None of this would be difficult to implement.  We know the club has the technology because they proudly Periscope every new signing along with training sessions and pre-game.  I was told it was something worth looking at.


Roll on to the fans forum this week and once again the club were challenged on the very same issue. This time "The club agreed with members' views" and "stated the club would discuss options with local media outlets in order to give members the opportunity to discuss their experiences on the Fans Forum."


If the club agreed with the point a year ago and nothing has changed, why would supporters have any faith that something will be done this time?  


Some might say that this is the last thing the club should be worrying about right now, but this is the entire problem at Newcastle United in microcosm.  Lip service paid to fan representatives and the entire supporter base by extension, empty promises made on improvements to come, and complete inaction or inability to effect positive change.  If they can’t get it right with something so basic, what chance do we have?


Of course, that cynic would say that the forum works exactly as the club want it to and nothing will change.  Last July, in the fans forum the club stated bluntly that they used only the Daily Mirror to announce Steve McClaren's appointment to fans to “best control and reinforce the positive messages the club wished to deliver to them”.  For the exact same reason we have a two or three day wait to read the sanitised version of events, we have members banned if they write about their views on the forum without club approval and we won’t see any changes, no matter what they say.


Similarly, despite talk of ambition, there is no change to the criteria in making major appointments at the club.  Inexperienced chief executives without the wherewithal to tell Mike Ashley where his model fails is what Ashley prefers.  Chris Mort, Derek Llambias and Lee Charnley weren’t appointed for their track record in the game, but for their compliance and this won’t change.  Cheap British managers with Premier League experience are what Ashley likes so it’s what the fans have got and will continue to get, regardless of their failures at smaller clubs.  Cut price players, often out of favour at their current club are bought for the bargain rather than to fill clear needs within a severely lopsided squad.

As long as Ashley remains  Newcastle will struggle, regardless of who the manager is.

Monday, September 21, 2015

NUFC Ticket Watch 15/16

Newcastle United choose not to publish ticket prices ahead of sale, or leave the prices on their site, in the public domain, after the games.  This lack of transparency makes it difficult for fans to make an informed decision when it comes to purchasing a season ticket or not.  The policy seems to be one that is made up as they go along.

I have previously recorded ticket prices for the 2014/2015 season here.

I intend to keep an eye on ticket prices for 2015/2016 in this post.  I'll keep it updated as and when tickets are made available.
  


Friday, August 7, 2015

Lie - Newcastle United will build a stunning new state-of-the-art training complex


I've nothing more to add to what was written up perfectly by The Mag 

30 Nov 2013 Evening Chronicle
A statement from the club today read: “Newcastle United Football Club have announced plans for a stunning new state-of-the-art training complex as part of a multi-million pound redevelopment of the Club’s existing 35-acre training ground site. 
“The current intention is that work will get underway in May 2015 and when complete in early 2016, the Magpies will occupy one of the finest training facilities of its kind in Europe.
9 July 2015 - Fans Forum
Along with the head coach, the club is now identifying the best time to start work and is mindful of disruptions mid-season. 
Update - June 2017 Fans Forum