Newcastle have made some excellent progress in all areas of the club, since we were relegated in May of 2009, when, if you believed what was written in the press, we would have been immediately relegated from the Championship.
LLambias and Ashley – doing a lot of things right these days
But not for the first time those experts were dead wrong, and Newcastle managed brilliantly by Chris Hughton, were promoted straight back to the Championship with a massive 102 points, and we survived our first season in the Premier League and finished 12th.
And that was even after there was a surprising change of management in mid-season, when Chris Hughton was sacked and Alan Pardew came in during early December..
This is what Derek Llambias said yesterday about the progress made:
“Consider where we were in 2008-09, and where we are now. It is a huge difference and we have increased the size of the squad in the meantime.” “We are definitely going in the right direction. We had a £17M operating loss in our first year.”
“We are great believers in trying to make football affordable for everybody. We want to increase our family area, which we think is already the biggest in Europe.” “There are some times of the year when we can say, ‘We want new clients, so let’s make it affordable.’
“Through the Europa Cup, we have charged £15 and £5 for tickets and as we have gone through the competition it has remained at that price. Against Benfica we have an opportunity to put the price up, but we haven’t.”
“Some of our corporate guys spend big money with us, but they started as kids aged six or seven – they worked their way around the ground.” “They are life-long fans and that is what we have to think about, the new generations coming forward. And that is why gates are bigger and profits are down.”
There was a lot of good news in the financial report yesterday, including the average attendance at St James’ Park rose to 49,936 – up 2,190 – and we think Mike Ashley and Derek LLambias would like to see completely sold-out gates again, like we had when Sir Bobby Robson was manager of the club.
However, ticket revenue fell by 7%, after the club froze the season ticket prices and offered cheap nine and 10-year long-term season ticket deals, and that strategy will continue in an effort to get St. James’ Park completely sold-out for our home games in the league.
The number of season-ticket holders is also at the highest level it’s been since back in 2007, and it’s looking like the average home league gates this season will be in excess of 50,000.
With the finances well under control and a lot of things moving in the right direction, we think Newcastle are going to make a big push in the transfer market this summer – so we can bring in three purples – top first team players – and then push for a top four place in the Premier League next season.
That would be great, assuming we are still in the Premier League next season. 🙁
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