Alan Shearer has said that from his personal experience of chatting with friends, Newcastle fans are at breaking point.
Despite thousands walking away in recent seasons, somehow the ground has stayed pretty much full despite no ambition and mostly negative uninspiring football.
Cheap deals in the worst seats have taken up a lot of the slack with 8,000 tickets now available up high in the cheap/family area, though the 47,000 crowd against Stokoe showed the first cracks appearing even though kids tickets were as low as a fiver and adults from £20.
The main pulling point of Newcastle of course is the social angle, for most fans it being about the whole day and meeting up with friends before and after the match.
However, the Newcastle legend thinks even that might not be enough to keep many fans going, judging by the mood amongst his mates.
Alan Shearer talking to The Telegraph:
“I think there are a lot of people thinking about giving up their season tickets.
“I can only talk about my own experience, but I have got friends who have paid for a box at St James’ Park for years, and they are talking about giving it up.”
What my mates are thinking:
“Unless the club are going to bring in a load of exciting players in the summer, which is highly unlikely when you look at the way it’s been run, then I think people might look at giving up.
“I can only tell you what my mates are thinking about doing because of the lack of hope at the minute.”
Weakened teams since 2007:
“I would dearly love us to have a cup run, I’d dearly love us to get to Wembley again, I’d much rather that than just finish in mid-table year after year.”
“It’s not going to happen because we have played a weakened team in every cup game – they have been playing weakened teams in cup competitions since 2007.”
Under the rule of Ashley:
“It’s been 11 years since the Magpies last played in the Champions League, 16 since they reached a cup final, a decade has passed since they even managed a semi-final appearance.
“Eight of those years have come with Ashley in control.”