Wednesday, May 15, 2013

REVEALED: Newcastle's first kit with controversial new sponsor Wonga

Newcastle United have unveiled their away kit for next season, the first to feature controversial sponsor Wonga.
Having flirted with relegation from the Barclays Premier League, Alan Pardew's side sealed their place in the top flight last weekend.
But it remains to be seen whether Newcastle fans will be keen to snap up the strip having complained when the deal with loans company Wonga was announced last year.
New design: Steven Taylor shows off Newcastle's latest away kit
 Newcastle signed a four-year contract with the company, which includes naming rights to the stadium, although it was immediately re-branded St James' Park.
An online survey carried out by the Newcastle United Supporters' Trust and board member Michael Thewlis said at the time: 'It is clear from the initial results from our survey that this isn't a simple black or white issue and that there are many factors impacting on fans' opinions about this deal.

Deal us in: Newcastle announced their partnership with Wonga last year
Fans taking part in our survey understand that the club needs to attract commercial sponsors to support the development of the club, and that the reported £6million per year is a good financial deal.
'However, despite the ground formally reverting back to St James' Park, fans are disappointed that the club has not attracted a sponsor that enhances Newcastle United profile and is not the type of premium brand previously associated with the club.