It seems that Newcastle United are finally realizing there is great peril in ignoring Newcastle United fans for almost 5 months.
Derek Llambias – stay with us – stick with the team
Apparently the club had had numerous calls about season tickets, but that’s not to get them for next season, but rather to ask how they can get out of the fixed-price, three-year season ticket scheme that was introduced last year.
And Newcastle now seem anxious to stop the rot, but when the life and blood of the club, the Newcastle fans, are treated with disdain and ignored by the club’s hierarchy, what do you expect?
And the club has hardly had a good time of it on the playing side of things this season, sorry to bring this up, and the likelihood is that attendances will continue to drop, unless the Board make some big changes in the way they run the club. Some professionalism would certainly help.
Derek Llambias said only last week:
“Stay with us. Be strong, this is an incredible club and we need you to be behind us. We’re putting our money up front and we need you to support us.”
“You can’t have it overnight, stay with your team.” “You’ve seen uglier football, stick with the team. We will get there.”
But whether these rather late pleas will do the trick is debatable, and although we did get 3 good players through the door in January, it wasn’t enough in terms of numbers, or what the fans expected.
Sunderland and Portsmouth have already announced price cuts for season tickets next season, as long as they are renewed before the end of March, and Newcastle are believed to be preparing a similar package to lure the fed-up Newcastle fans.
Of course this is exactly what you get when you ignore the club’s fans, and it’s still hard to believe what Ashley and his cronies have done these last 5 months.
But on the positive side, we can only hope that they have made most of the mistakes they will make, and now they will at least tell the fans what’s going on, and try to repair the terrible damage they have done to the relationship with Newcastle fans.
Of course, there’s nothing like winning games to increase the interest in the club, and a good end to the season and some good players arriving early in the summer transfer market, can do wonders to ignite the interest on Tyneside.
It’s just a pity the Board had to take the fans to hell and back first, before they started to realize how a club should be run, and that indeed fans must come first.
It’s business 101, but it seems Ashley just didn’t get it – we hope he does now.