Time will tell if Newcastle will be able to attract some of their missing supporters back to St. James’ Park this season.
Leon Best – scoring at Aston Villa
In the three home league games so far this season the average attendance has been 45,271 which is about 7,000 short of capacity, and while we expect a good crowd for Sunday’s game with Tottenham Hotspur, it may not be a sell-out.
Leon Best is all ready to go on Sunday, having had a good rest over the International break, and he was asked whether he thought the fans would be attracted back to St. James’ Park:
“I think there could be.” “The fans can see what we are doing at the moment.” “Some fans weren’t happy about a striker and other players not being brought in.”
“Regardless of that, we are still winning.” “People talk about the players we’ve lost or those who haven’t come in. But we are pulling off an unexpected story at the minute – and it’s not through luck.”
“We are enjoying every minute of being in the top four, and obviously we want to continue it.” “The manager always says to us, set yourself up for the next game – and we did it at Wolves,”
“It’s perfectly poised against Spurs.” “We can go in with confidence against Tottenham at home.” “We have the 12th man with us and I can’t wait for the next game.”
Certainly if Newcastle keep piling up those points in the Premier League, and keep playing the attractive football Alan Pardew has the side playing at the moment, it’s almost a certainty the fans will return.
Of course Mike Ashley the owner, is still unpopular on Tyneside, and there is no communication between Mike and Managing Director Derek Llambias with the fans at all, which is quite honestly – pitiful.
But Newcastle were very successful in the promotion season, when the fans backed the manager and the players, and tried to forget about Mike Ashley, and if the fans can do the same thing this season, there’s no reason at all why Newcastle cannot shock us all by finishing high up in the Premier League.
We hope Newcastle will shock us by finishing high up in the Premier League.
Of course “high up” is a generic term, but we think top eight is possible and even top six at a push, and Europa Cup qualification for next season would be just tremendous.
Fulham achieved that last season when they finished 8th, but qualified for the Europa Cup through being the top team in the Fair Play table not yet qualified for any European competition.
Newcastle qualified for Europe back in 2006 under Glenn Roeder, when they finished in 7th position in the Premier League, but of course when you qualify at the lower levels it means playing early qualifying games in July.
But we’ll take that if it means getting back into Europe.
What do you think?