There is a lot of cynicism among Newcastle fans this summer, and it hasn’t been helped by Newcastle’s slow start in this summer’s transfer market, although there’s still plenty of time for Newcastle to get the six players in (or something close to that) we need to have a good team next season.
While we were not overjoyed by Steve McClaren’s appointment earlier this month – we’ve been surprised what a good standing he has with players and coaches in the game, and we always knew he was a real gentleman – that was never a problem with Steve.
Steve has gone through hell and high water in his coaching career but has always kept his dignity.
Steve McClaren – wants everybody pulling in same direction
In the last week or so it looks like Newcastle will have a good coaching staff with Ian Cathro, Paul Simpson, Alessandro Schoenmaker and Steve Black joining the club – so it will be good backroom staff and Alessandro can work out why we have so many injuries every single season.
The latest news to hit the internet – coming from The Mag web-site – is is that the season tickets sales are 30% down from last year.
But that’s very hard to believe, and we suppose the claim is that it will hurt Mike Ashley, but the truth is it hurts the club.
Home gate revenues now are a lot lower than they used to be in the old days as a percentage of gross revenues, with the Premier League money becoming massive.
Here’s the split of revenue over the last two seasons – with thanks to the excellent Swiss Ramble site for the graphic.
Next year, when the new Premier League deal kicks in and the money over three years goes from £3.0B to £5.1B – a 70% increase – they will be even less than 20% on a percentage basis.
In fact a quick calculation by increasing the 2013-2014 Broadcasting revenue by 70% – match day revenues would fall to about 14% of total revenues.
Those revenues would be up to around £193M from £129M – we think that’s accurate.
If Newcastle have a decent transfer window – which we are hoping for – we hope that Steve McClaren and the team will be given a clean slate and a chance to do well next season.
We’d be surprised if we don’t get over 50,000 in our first home game against Southampton on August 8th – especially if we can get Charlie Austin, and a few more good players in before then.
Steve has already called for everybody associated with the club to pull in the same direction and he deserves support form the fans – even if Mike Ashley is still the owner.
One of our polls that surprised us is that 85% of fans think he can be successful at Newcastle.
We would love it if Newcastle can have a top eight or top six finish next season – even if Mike Ashley is still the owner.
But this summer Lee Charnley and company have to deliver on the transfer front – and while it’s been disappointing we haven’t signed anybody yet – there’s still time to sign some good players and strengthen the squad.
In fact we’d love it if we have a full house against Southampton and win that game, after playing some great exciting football.
Wouldn’t that be something.
All we want is to have Newcastle be a top side again – and soon too.