Some reports have said the season ticket sales are down by about 30% over last year at the same time, but Newcastle dispute that and say they are on a par with last season.
It’s not too surprising if Newcastle fans are holding off on buying season tickets, after the disastrous second half of the season – it was just a complete and utter nightmare for fans – we couldn’t believe what was happening.
At one point I thought I had actually died and gone to hell.
Steve McClaren – can get the best out of existing players
We may even have a better squad than most fans think – because the collapse after Alan Pardew left – when we got one point in 10 Premier League games including eight successive defeats was mainly caused by the inadequacies in both coaching and man-management by stand-in John Carver.
It’s interesting that John had five years left on his contract when he took over from Pardew, but he still managed to get himself fired for what was a terrible record.
But it wasn’t just the bad record that got him the sack – he made ludicrous comments in his interviews with the press, which were embarrassing to him and Newcastle – since he was representing the club.
One positive thought (there aren’t many of those around these days) – don’t forget the players Carver had available over the last six games were exactly the same players who went on that six game winning streak and then beat Chelsea to give the London side their first defeat since the previous April.
So the players cannot be all that bad.
The terrible second half of the season is also the responsibility of the players – they don’t get away scot-free by any means.
Those players who were way below par when Carver was in charge – players like Tim Krul; Fabricio Coloccini, Mike Williamson and Moussa Sissoko to name four – will have something to prove to the fans and to Steve McClaren next season.
We are hoping the current squad is better than we think – but yes – that may also be wishful thinking.
Selling whatever number of season tickets Newcastle have left, will depend on what players the club brings in this summer – but there’s an upbeat anticipation that we could get Georginio Wijnaldum signed soon.
And there are even reports that Charlie Austin is waiting for a Newcastle offer – so if we can get Charlie and Georginio through the door those would be two excellent signings.
But we also need at least one top center-back brought in this summer.