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‘No Ulterior Motive’ – Charnley’s Take On Filling St James Park

Newcastle United’s managing director Lee Charnley is back making public statements again. Yesterday, he spoke to BBC Newcastle about the offer Newcastle made on Monday in which current season ticket holders could get a free additional season ticket for the remainder of the season.

It was a direct response to the 42,303 attendance for Sunday’s win against Southampton. Steve Bruce spoke after the game that Newcastle needed a full St James Park. He then consulted Lee Charnley, and this was the plan they hatched to try and entice some fans back to the stadium.

This is some of what Charnley had to say as tweeted by Matthew Raisbeck.

Steve Bruce always has said to judge him by the results. He’s gotten the results to improve since the start of the season. For the most part, he’s actually done quite well under the circumstances. A lot of fans have warmed up to Steve.

However, Bruce was never really the issue. The problem with Newcastle has been and remains to be Mike Ashley. The low attendance reflects how despised the owner is on Tyneside.

We think the club are shocked that after 4 wins in 6 games, we’ve had such low attendance. This plan is a sort of gimmick to get fans back to the stadium. It’s an obvious reaction to the dwindling numbers even after such a run of good results. The attendance on Sunday has to be a major worry.

Despite the wins, the football on the pitch has not really been inspiring, so there’s that to take into account as well. While the players have shown resilience and fight, the football has been a bit hard on the eyes.

Though we don’t really have a problem with that as it’s all about getting something out of the game. We don’t think the football is the driving factor behind the low attendance, but if we were playing a more entertaining brand, then it would help somewhat.

However, the issue is primarily with Mike Ashley. We feel a bit for Bruce as he’s done a lot better than we had expected. The issue at the stadium is not a reflection on him.

We also think that if these results continued the attendance would get better naturally but a lot of fans are just completely fed up and won’t return until Ashley sells up.

We’ll have to see if this attempt to bring more fans to the stadium will work. We do think that a packed St James Park helps the team. Though, we would prefer that to be a natural response from the Newcastle faithful.

Lee also spoke to the Chronicle about the plan. This is some of what he had to say:

“This (the half-season ticket deal) was another example of us thinking if this could make a difference, which we think it can, filling the stadium and getting it noisy and loud and behind the team, let’s give it a go and try it.

“We believe it will work and make a difference.”

It very well may work and we could have a packed stadium. However, it will be an artificial reflection of the true state of affairs at the club. While Mike Ashley is at the helm, this fanbase is going to be fractured and divided. And Newcastle United are still going to be a shell of what they could be.

9 comments so far

  • Youcancallmealan

    Dec 11, 2019 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #1

    Jarrod Bowen 9/1 to join Newcastle in January

  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 11, 2019 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #2


    not endorsing any of them, probably the worst selection choices in a lifetime or 3

  • Ron Knee

    Dec 11, 2019 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #3

    “No ulterior motive. This is about those who’ve made the decision to come, and saying thank you to them.”#NUFC

    Because Mike’s generosity is legendary.

  • Jib

    Dec 11, 2019 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #4

    Tim Robinson is making his PL debut as a referee at Turf Moor
    on Saturday
    He’s the ref that took our cuptie v Leicester when Choudhury
    knackered Ritchie
    We never won when he took us 3 times in Rafa’s championship season
    GULP !!!!

  • lesh

    Dec 11, 2019 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #5


    It’s a matter of opinion and my preferred choice, though I think he’s a liability to his p**ty, provides more hope for the younger generation than the heartless, insensitive oaf and his allies.


  • lesh

    Dec 11, 2019 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #6

    Ron Knee

    I don’t believe for one minute that this fan-splitting initiative was a reation to Bruce’s suggestion. If anything, this was an Ashley, Bishop, Barnes initiative and Bruce has come along with his suggestion at an opportune moment – or he’s been part of the plot.

    No ulterior motive my eye. It’s been designed to rid the ground of dissenting voices and replace them with people who’ll not prove to be an embarrassment to Ashley.

  • Pain in the Blog

    Dec 11, 2019 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #7

    lesh #5,

    “heartless, insensitive oaf”???

    Surely you typed “lying, cheating, racist bigot”. Autocorrect, eh?

  • Assassins Inc

    Dec 11, 2019 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #8

    Poor Mr. Ashley, doesn’t want to hear, you fat B/stard got out of our club.

    Instead, wants to hear, bravo, good tackle, nice goal, good save keeper.

    Well Mr Ashley, for this to happen are you going to give all season tickets away to Newcastle Uni?

    You don’t like the songs, but the you fat B/stard get out of our club has two things going for it, it’s a right catchy song and it doesn’t hide the message, if you don’t want the song why not listen to it and then do it. Simple fix really.

  • Just a fan

    Dec 11, 2019 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #9

    Geordie tomorrow vilamoura.
    Is a smallish marina town lots of posh boats.
    Slightly upmarket.golf course nearby.
    There are flights from Newcastle.
    You can catch a bus to albufeira which is the main resort.
    Big hotel on the marina where Vienna signed.allegedly.


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