We don’t want to make too much of the low attendance at Newcastle on Saturday, and it doesn’t seem to be worrying the Newcastle manager too much.
Kevin Keegan – onus on Newcastle club to increase attendances
For the first time in a long time the crowd at Newcastle for a Premier League game was just 47,711, almost 5,000 short of capacity.
Readers on the site, have pointed out the economy is in a terrible state, and that will no doubt explain some of the absences.
But Kevin Keegan, as usual take it as a challenge and said this yesterday about the low attendance:
“The onus is on us to get people to want to watch Newcastle United.”
“I’d like to think we’re one of the cheapest clubs in the league and I think that’s right for the area we live in.”
You get on well in life if you are positive but realistic, and turn “problems” into opportunities or challenges, which is exactly what Kevin has done here.
No wonder the man has been so successful in almost everything he’s done in life, and those things he wasn’t too successful at, like the England job, he turned into learning experiences, and became better and stronger because of them.
If Newcastle crowds are falling, then it may be time to worry, but we just don’t believe that good performances from the club will not fill the seats – and it will even serve as an incentive for the lads to put in some good shows.
Kevin will be meeting on Wednesday with owner Mike Ashley and Head of Recruitment Dennis Wise, who seems to take a bashing from our fans, and we’re not sure why. The low attendance no doubt, will be one item on the agenda, but probably at the bottom.
Top items will be the transfer status, and the next important item will be contract negotiations with Newcastle captain, Michael Owen.
This meeting is good for all concerned, and we’d like to see if become at least a monthly event, to keep everybody communicating well at the club.
If the reports start about it being a crisis meeting and all that stuff – don’t believe it.
We’ve made a decent start to the season and that can only auger well for our chances of bringing in more good players before next Monday at midnight, when the transfer season ends.
Keep the faith.