Newcastle United have today released details of how supporters can buy tickets to watch the team training (fans pictured above queuing earlier today at the box office).
Never one to miss a trick, Mike Ashley has spotted this chance to add another valuable revenue stream and is even considering selling season tickets.
As a concession to supporters lucky enough not to be able to afford to watch Premier League matches at St. James’ Park, the Newcastle owner is even prepared to allow fans to buy tickets to watch training without paying £35 for a membership.
This will be the case even when Newcastle are training ahead of premium matches against the likes of Manchester United, Arsenal and Sunderland.
In the lead up to this groundbreaking scheme being announced, Mike Ashley left it to his Head Salesman, John Carver, to do the sales pitch:
“I would love to show you clips of our training sessions – you would actually think there was nothing wrong.”
“We had a group of people in this week, sponsors, about 20 of them, through the week, they couldn’t believe what they were watching – that’s how good it was.”
They don’t see what I do…:
“It could be ex-players, pundits, whoever (ED: Everybody?) it is, that is their opinion and they are entitled to do that but they don’t see the work we put in.
“They don’t see what I do on the training ground preparing the team but the people on the inside do.”
*** The quotes above ARE real from John Carver yesterday, unbelievable.