The Newcastle United club has begun mailing out season ticket renewal forms this week, but we’d be very surprised if anybody takes them up until the fans are more clear just who the owner will be, and who the manager will be.
Llambias – does this man look competent? Hint – answer begins with “n”
And with Alan Shearer still waiting to hear from anybody connected to the club about his own future, things are as uncertain as they’ve been at any time over the last 3 weeks.
Season ticket prices have been cut by 9% across the board and with 23 home games rather than 19 in the Premier League, that’s another reduction of just over 20% according to our reckoning.
Newcastle’s invisible Managing Director Derek Llambias, who hopefully will soon be on his way out of Newcastle for good, said he sympathised with the plight of ordinary fans. That’s nice of him.
“At a time when money is tight for supporters, football clubs have to recognise the sacrifices people make to continue following their team and offer any assistance they can in making games affordable to watch,”
“We have decided to reduce the majority of prices back to 2007-08 levels to help fans because we appreciate the big commitment they make in buying their season tickets every year.”
Apparently the powers that be (excuse those rather loosely used words) have amazingly put together a contingency plan involving Chris Hughton taking up the managerial reins at St James’ Park once again is possible.
Only idiotic people would dream of such a plan, but that’s who’s been running the club this last year, and that’s one reason a £74M squad was relegated to the Championship.
Incompetent people in charge of anything is never good – not even with the US Government, which we have seen these last eight years – whoops no politics on this blog please.
No Newcastle fan will want to do much with the season ticket renewals until first of all they see Ashley and Llambias hi-tail it out of Toon. Then they will need to wait to see who the new owners are, and they will hopefully appoint Shearer – becasue right now there seems no other choice.
Only if and when Shearer is appointed, and we some stability and competence (and even a forward looking plan!) in the Board Room at Newcastle, will some fans test the Newcastle waters again, and see how cold it is.
But there may still be some ice cubes in there, left over from the ridiculously incompetent and even comical Ashley and crew reign at the famous Tyneside club, which they all but decimated.
And this man was a Billionaire? He must have been lucky.