Kieran Maguire: Newcastle United have 'serious issue' as fans rage over £15m deal
The issues currently being experienced by Newcastle United kit supplier Catore are “serious” and do not reflect at all well on any party.
That is the view of finance guru Kieran Maguire, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about Newcastle’s relationship with the Liverpool-headquartered sportswear firm.
The Magpies signed with Castore ahead of 2021-22 in a deal worth a reported £15million over its three-year lifespan.
Per the BBC on Tuesday (26 July), many Premier League sides are yet to be furnished with their kits for 2022-23 because of supply chain issues.
Swathes of Newcastle fans have reported quality control issues with replica kits purchased via Castore.
Maguire claims that supporters have every right to be incensed with Castore, who he expects may be experiencing business scaling problems.
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“You can understand fans being disappointed because they are paying top dollar for these products,” he told Football Insider’s Adam Williams.
“Sometimes when companies have a huge growth spurt at the start, some things fall by the wayside. With Castore it appears to be an issue in respect of quality control.
“Given the margins and costs of football shirts, you can understand the frustration of football fans. They tend to be very, very tolerant as customers and don’t kick up a fuss as long as they’ve got the shirt.
“But stories of the magnitude of these errors being made don’t reflect very well on the manufacturer. Therefore, indirectly, it reflects badly on the club.”