Interim boss Chris Hughton, who most fans will see as doing a decent job over the summer, under terrible circumstances, has today asked Mike Ashley to make a decision on the long and drawn out takeover situation at the famous North East club.
Chris Hughton – uncertainty at club needs sorted out
Chris faced the local media this afternoon at the club’s Little Benton training grounds, after yet another week of frustration for Newcastle’s loyal fans, who seem to have been kicked in the teeth by Mike Ashley this summer.
Chris told the media:
“I think the sooner there is a line drawn on the situation the better for everybody.”
“I think that’s what everybody wants.”
Hughton also confirmed that both Danny Guthrie and Nicky Butt will miss the game with Reading.
Newcastle are expecting a crowd of over 30,000 for Saturday’s game, which should be the biggest in the Championship, but will be way down on the full houses of over 52,000, which greeted the team in their last two home games of last season.
A Newcastle club spokesman said today:
“Ticket sales for Saturday have gone extremely well. We would encourage all supporters planning to come to the match on Saturday to buy tickets in advance.”
“The Online Box office is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is the easiest way to buy tickets for the game.”
“Tickets are also available to buy from the St James’ Park Box Office on 0844 372 1892 or in-person between 9am – 5.30pm Monday to Friday and 9am – kick off on Saturday.”
“You can also buy tickets from our Official Club Stores in Eldon Square, Monument Mall and Metro Centre. The Box Office will send out tickets purchased up until 4pm Thursday by first class post.”
“Any tickets purchased after this time will be made available for collection from the South Stand Box Office from 3.30pm on Saturday.’’
Ticket prices for the new season are £25 for adults and £13 for juniors in the Gallowgate end upper tier and the Sir John Hall Stand level six, and £20 for adults and £10 for juniors in the Sir John Hall Stand level seen and the Milburn Stand family area.
If the lads can get a decent start in the Championship and we can get some good wins behind us, we would expect the home attendance to start increasing.
But the fight and passion has to start coming from the Newcastle players, because that’s what let us down big time last season, and we don’t want to see any more of that this season.
We need a guts and glory approach from every single Newcastle player this season, and captain Alan Smith epitomized that spirit last Saturday at WBA.
Howay The Lads!!