Date:Monday October 28 2013
The club will no doubt stay silent but that the restraint on Newcastle journalists that has been reported on Twitter, BBC Radio and in the press suggests that Ashley`s cronies are producing the ultimate in censorship.
The story goes that Wendy Taylor forbade Alan Pardew from responding to questions from journalists associated with the major North East newspaper group, according to some tweets at least. Perhaps Pardew is putty in the hands of a younger, attractive to some, blonde.
There is further Twitter speculation that this was a decision arrived at "by Alan Pardew, Joe Kinnear, Lee Charnley, John Irving and Mike Ashley", a logical conclusion being that Pardew hid behind Wendy`s skirt, a very manful thing for him to do if true.
The rationale for this seems to be that the hierarchy from London, sorry, the hierarchy at St James` Park were aggrieved that the Time for Change initiative before the Liverpool match was reported.
Those outside the region may not fully appreciate the links that have gone on for generations between the local press and the club. Many of us as school children would gather around the person who brought a copy of the Journal or Chronicle into school.
London exiles could be found on a Sunday morning queuing at Kings cross for the arrival of the Football Pink or the Sunday Sun just to read a report on the Saturday game.
The highest profile staff at St James` Park are all Londoners, Ashley, Pardew and the ultimate press diplomat, Joe Kinnear. Among those speculated to have been instrumental in this decision is John Irving whose LinkedIn page documents his attendance at a North East school, presumably similar to those where the Journal and Chronicle were avidly read. Surely he will be making a case for defamation at something that so blatantly treacherous to his roots!
Some members on talkofthetyne.com have close up experience of the skirt that Pardew may have hidden behind. Wendy professes to be a Sheffield Wednesday supporter. One might wonder how she would react to such censorship at her club. She has delegated a chunk of supporter liaison to a young Middlesbrough lad called Lee.
Wendy has made an ostensibly decent living in the North East, previously the PR face of Newcastle Airport. One of the most sickening sights of Wendy was on Chris Hughton`s return to the club, seemingly smiling and giving him a hug after proffering innuendo that he was a patsy to his players, seemingly a bit like Pardew to his Press Officer. At the time, Wendy refused to answer whether the suggestion she offered was indeed true.
Similarly, Wendy failed to honour promises to follow up with responses to questions about club finances.
Let us remind ourselves as to why the protest took place. Supporters want change at St James` Park. Ashley is a character whose fortune allowed him to buy in to the most visual part of the North East, Newcastle United.
That fortune comes from a company that, according to the latest puppet show, the "fans` forum" elicited the admission that they do not pay for their name being broadcast around the world on football TV. The Ashley empire has also been the subject of coverage over the use of cheap far Eastern labour and the use of zero hours contracts, which itself is the subject of debate over business morality.
Also of dubious morality is the main business function of the Newcastle United shirt sponsors. Lest anyone need reminding, the former Chairman of Newcastle United, casino front man Llambias, stated that the shirt deal would be the equivalent of signing a new Cabaye every year.
The only signing this summer was the loan deal for Remy. Yes, he has been a significant contributor to points gained this season but he and Pardew do not seem to sing from the same hymn sheet as to what arrangements may be in place for a permanent deal.
Pardew was not a popular appointment. Pundits on talkofthetyne.com and elsewhere take little satisfaction from seeing early reservations coming to fruition.
His record places him among a select few who have failed to win even half of their home league games. Sacked from his previous 3 clubs, he took Charlton down and was sacked when in a relegation position from a lower league. He was also sacked when in the bottom 3 of the Premier League at West Ham with owners who had been prepared to invest, journeyman pros like Tevez and Mascherano left to fester on the bench.
Under Ashley, his first promise had been to keep Andy Carroll, he was "going nowhere", "not at any price", "not in this window" just before he was sold. His recent record is 1 home win in 7 games, that run including the join worst home defeat to the Mackems in over 100 years, the joint biggest home defeat over the same period (against Liverpool) and being the first manager to lose 3 consecutive games without scoring.
At a time when other clubs have consistently invested, Ashley has produced a £25m transfer surplus over the last 5 years, comfortably the highest in the league. Compared to the likes of Stoke and Villa, this represents a relative disinvestment of over £100m.
Between them, the message is that we are not interested in Europe, that survival is the aim. In his programme notes for the Liverpool game, Kinnear implicitly admitted that we do not seek to compete at a higher level whilst giving free advertising to Ashley`s main source of profit. he seems to admit that Ashley's regime is a failure at generating commercial income.
So we have it, Ashley appears to be censoring the local media in the same way that notable dictators have done in history. Is Wendy the Goebbels to Ashley`s Hitler? Is Kinnear the Lord Haw Haw? Pardew comes across more in the vein of Saddam Hussein`s Comical Alan.
Perhaps they are really trying to incite the next march!
Date:Monday October 28 2013
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