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.”

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  • dont believe the hype

    I can’t believe that so many turned up against Villa for what was to be a guaranteed bore fest. We need a figure head like Alan Shearer to organise some meaningful protest over the way we’re being run.

  • A lex

    Sadly, Shearer is too connected to BBC to undertake such a contentious role.
    But, you’re right, a figurehead is needed. However, that will only come along once there is definite backing in place for the figurehead to front.

  • A lex

    It continues to amaze me that those who have been involved in NUFC success like Keegan, Lee, Shearer etc are virtually ignored by ‘fans’. Yet, these people are happy to support and encourage the destruction of the club under Ashley by turning up. Shameful, really.

  • dont believe the hype

    A lex,
    It just seems like complete apathy on our part, if the fact that they have made it blatantly obvious that success isn’t part of the plan isn’t enough to motivate people in to doing something, I don’t know what will.

  • LeazesEnder

    Yes indeed slowly but surely its sinking in…. a lot of people myself included fell for the wee buying spree when we gave Ashley the chance of redemption…. but keeping in mind the notion ‘is he building or restocking the shelves’…. It was the latter as it happened!

    Enough is enough…. Sell up Ashley!

  • LeazesEnder

    A lex Like Moncur, Beardsley… and the ‘local’ press!  Not forgetting Carver, Stone Lowes and Anderson, Supermac!

    Yesterday Luke Edwards of the Telegraph (nee Journal and Chronicle) repeated the Ashley the financial savior claim…. exposed as a lie by the club itself to NUST.

    With friends like these….who needs enemies!

  • No Brainer

    That’s it, he’s not going back

  • No Brainer

    1957 Double standards don’t you think a far few of those years of nothing included him in the side.

  • Sickandtiredstill

    No Brainer 1957 Most of them did though – and there’s been none since. Do you have to criticise everyone that says anything against the regime?
    Last night you were maintaining that the full ground was because of masses of extra Villa fans – still waiting on any proof you can provide on that, rather than the cheap tickets and cynical reappearance of Jonas.

  • Demented_Man

    The point is, Alan, they haven’t had enough.  The 50,000 plus attendances show that most fans are quite happy with mediocrity and being a feeder club for the big boys season after season.
    I know the situation at Rangers is different, but there is a stark difference between the fighting spirit of the Gers fans and the craven, apathetic submission of the Toon fans to Ashley.  Why that is I don’t really know, but is seems to me Geordies aren’t really Geordies anymore.

  • Brownale69

    Had enough? Err 51k turn up to watch utter dross from 2 horrible teams. Doesnt look like it, and a sell out on Wed? so 2 game over 100k I think  most prem clubs would welcome that!

  • Toonster

    If Newcastle fans really had had enough then most of them will have had to have notified the club of their intention not to renew their season ticket prior to 31 January as I understand that this is stipulated for all season ticket holders who are part of 5 or 10 year price plans? I suspect very few will have notified the club prior to this date as it is easier to sleep walk towards another season of mediocrity than making the effort to write to the club to initiate the ticket cancellation. Many fans simply like football and the day out and would pay good money to watch eleven hamsters or pixies waddle around SJP if it meant they had an excuse to meet pals and have a few beers.  For this reason the situation will never change and Ashley effectively has an unofficial mandate to continue to run the club as he has done to date.  It is ironic that Shearer has chosen to break silence on the matter on the same weekend that SJP was only and handful short of capacity for a match which – on paper at least – looked one of the least stimulating for years.  At least southern journos can’t trip out lazy clichés about the fickleness of the Toon Army any more.  An attendance of 52k for that match really is staggering.

  • newcastle7

    It would help if Shearer actually went to games.Most of the time sits in a chair on Match of the Day slagging us off. Seen Ashley at more away games than Shearer and that’s saying something.Was he in Moscow or the deepest part of Ukraine the answer is no nor were any of his so called mates he keeps going on about
    who sit in a box which is probably paid for on expenses.If you lot give up you will not be missed.
    Must know at least five hundred season ticket holders and everyone has renewed for next season.
    Still averaging fifty one thousand this season and you cannot do any better than that.Got to the quarter final
    of the cup this season on the back of four away ties so not as bad as you make it out.
    Keep the faith.

  • Sickandtiredstill

    1957 Comment was aimed at No Brainer.
    I’m sure though, in Shearers case, he doesn’t need any help in figuring out what’s wrong at the club.

  • Sickandtiredstill

    A lex Happy to slag off the same people whenever they speak out too.
    No wonder we get the [email protected]@s taken out of us.

  • Alexh1984

    The problem is that of the 50,000 who turn up about 45,000 of them are silent. Fans who were most passionate and created an atmosphere are sadly the ones who have given up. Replaced by family’s on a day out or visitors to the city who can now easily get a ticket. Being a Newcastle fan is just boring and it’s turning the fans into a boring bunch too.

  • Jonnie S

    About time Shearer did get involved and started telling it as it is. He’s spot on of course as he cares and anyone who says he has an agenda or speaking from an ivory tower is talking twaddle. He speaks from the heart.
    For a while the regime has had an easy time of it, the local press are weak (unlike the Glasgow one), the national press think it is all a great laugh and a chance to slag off Geordies and our celebrity fans are exceptionally quiet.
    There are only 2 ways to discomfort Ashley and damage his ‘brand’:
    1. Not turn up at St James. Unlikely to happen this one (51k at Villa) as Ashley simply reduces prices and people will still go (not the old hard core but new fans, visitors, students, families etc), Same business model as Sports Direct.
    2. Bad PR and this can only be driven by high profile media people whether in football or not. Shearer is an obvious voice but it needs all his media mates to start speaking out with snide comments (as Lineker did and see the coverage that got). It needs these celebrities creating bad pr through newspapers like this Telegraph piece.
    Whatever is said about Ashley (and we all know what he is doing) he has proved he can be a sensitive soul when criticism comes his and SD way. 
    More please Alan.

  • No Brainer

    Jonnie S  The problem is that they care seen for what they “snide comments” (as Lineker did and see the coverage that got).

    With little proof or evidence.

  • No Brainer

    Alexh1984 But it went quiet in 1999, don’t disagree with the rest of what you say though but thats not just ashleys era. The malaise started long before him its just it hasn’t brought us back the top four

  • No Brainer

    newcastle7 I have to admit when ever the tv cameras have went to his box he and his mates are inside drinking rather than in the seats watching the game

  • No Brainer

    Toonster So true

  • No Brainer

    Sickandtiredstill No Brainer 1957 Can’t remember you asking, Villa had four blocks of allocation whilst Stoke had two, how’s that for you!

  • Sickandtiredstill

    No Brainer Ahhh right. So no one extra actually turned out – it was 47000 again but 4000 Villa fans made up the total?

  • Sickandtiredstill

    No Brainer Jonnie S Seems Lineker was only stating what a majority of supporters believe to be the case. No new coach. No signings. His words seem pretty accurate. Except to you once again of course.

  • jimblag

    newcastle7 Shearer is a man in his forties with a job and a family, he has spent many hours at SJP, his support should not be questioned. Ashley should be attending more games than ex-players.
    Every single day people come on here saying it’s boring and depressing, Shearer has come to the same conclusion, he just has more money so can fill his time with something more fun than seeing us  trying not to lose.
    This criticism is unjustified I think.

  • No Brainer

    jimblag newcastle7 Ashley does attend more games than ex players including the almighty Al i can’t recall how many home games he’s missed I think It’s one he has been to most away games this season

  • No Brainer

    Sickandtiredstill No Brainer You can’t count or comprehend.

  • Sickandtiredstill

    No Brainer Sickandtiredstill Oh I can and I do.
    You argued that a full house wasn’t on Jonas’ behalf, true?
    You also suggested it was due to the extra Villa fans, true?
    So, which was it? Attendance of 47000 again with 4000 Villa fans (prove that one Mr Economics A level).
    Or………..what exactly?

  • 2someitsonlyagame

    No Brainer jimblag newcastle7  You are criticizing Alan Shearer in order to defend Mike Ashley, and you claim to support Newcastle United, i think you are a wind up merchant.

  • magpie9

    No Brainer Jonnie S  Dummy, what about his reaction to press reporting a protest, his shutting down of singing section & his reaction to banners?

  • No Brainer

    ÏDummy there still is a singing section its called st james Park. There are banners at sjp as for press reports of the less than three hundred people attended protest yes the press were chased for going over the top

  • Sickandtiredstill

    No Brainer NUST banned – RFB banned. Press banned on both sides of the Border.
    Sure, they all went over the top didn’t they.

  • A lex

    Sickandtiredstill No Brainer You could’ve mentioned “their lies and deceit” both sides of the border, too.

  • Sickandtiredstill

    A lex Sickandtiredstill No Brainer Mate, he’s nowt but a stooge. A plant on here to wind people up.
    Defends the regime every day. Defended Pardew, Defends JC. Joins in the Beardsley comments  – yet snipes at Shearer or Lineker or anyone with a mind to speak out.
    Planet Ashley he belongs to.

  • A lex

    Sickandtiredstill A lex No Brainer Agree. There are couple on here I no longer rise to and reply to directly. He / she / it is one of them. Maybe they’ll just go away if nobody responds to their drivel.

  • Sickandtiredstill

    A lex Sickandtiredstill No Brainer Aye, mate. Hard not to when he posts such sanctimonious and factually unsubstantiated shyte.

  • toon tony

    Now we know who APBAWA now calls himself.!!

  • A lex

    toon tony Yes. The same one who defiantly said that he / she always gave unwavering support to EVERY Newcastle manager. Strange that we ain’t seen JCBAWA, then.

  • AP69

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha
    One of the stooges knows 500 season ticket holders who are all renewing and the other has seen Shearers mate drinking rather than watch the match and you saw this when the cameras panned around
    You couldn’t make it up…. Oh wait a minute
    Simon and Alan Pardews Black and White Army you do make me laugh if nowt else
    Get out of our club

  • No Brainer

    No not at all I didliked Shearer ever since he was in our group at Cheltenham we all stuck twenty quid in the kit and after the 2nd drink we had to put more in as he was was drinking champers

  • No Brainer

    Wtf does that mean?

  • No Brainer

    As for critizing the big fella he needs tobget his fibger out on the nanager cos that was amongst the worst I have ever seen at SJP
    JC’S tactics have to change or he is forked and we are gona fsll asleep in the stands

  • newcastle7

    AP69 I know at least five hundred season ticket holders as I have been going to games for nearly fifty years.Never seen Shearer once but did see Ant and Dec at Crystal Palace last season.When he took the managers job won one out of eight and got us related by playing a winger at left back.The problem with Shearer is he talks a great game but has never been to the likes of Moscow as a supporter or the likes of Bristol in the back of a transit to see us relegated.

  • newcastle7

    jimblag newcastle7 Yes very popular some people actually have my name on the back of their shirts and also a flag in my name very humbling.

  • AP69

    What a life you lead
    50 years a fan
    Unemployed and still manage to go to Man City game and pay £46 for a ticket and taking your 2 year old daughter with you
    I must admit to never going to Moscow but loved the trips to Bristol and Bath in the past
    Only one of the Fat Boys people would slag off Shearer
    As Simon I recall your children being somewhat older
    New username beckon?

  • Adelphi

    So sad to see the man who was once the world’s best centre forward and a true club legend reduced to repeating the same old bitter drivel. Sure Alan, we don’t try to win cups and field weakened teams, unlike any other club of course. We’ve already heard that from every lazy journalist in the country but thanks for the insight. Perhaps injuries and appalling luck in the draws may be a worthy counter point, but you can have that one despite the number of away CUP games we somehow managed to win this season despite trying to throw them.
    More pertinent, but I’m sure we’ll not hear from you on this one, is why did you and your statue sponsor get rid of SBR in favour of your good pal Souness and thereafter Bellamy, our best player at the time?
    Oh and how did you fail so miserably to gain a handful of points needed to keep the club up in the games you were manager. Oh of course that was someone else’s fault wasn’t it, despite a team of mostly internationals including our club record signing sicknote who many say was signed on your recommendation?
    Best ever centre forward and true club legend sure, but don’t become just another bitter, repetitive, boring, mediocre studio pundit.

  • dont believe the hype

    Bad luck, the power houses Brighton, Stevenage, Cardiff and Leicester and a blatant admission that to finish tenth is more important. Give your head a shake man !!!

  • newcastle7

    AP69 Did not say the two year old was mine so read it carefully.What I said was my daughter who is still at school ticket was thirty nine pounds also above is not my user name .

  • Toonster

    Adelphi  “Perhaps injuries and appalling luck in the draws may be a worthy counter point…”. I’m not convinced that this argument stands up to scrutiny.  Whether you like Shearer or not it’s difficult to argue that Newcastle’s performance in cup competitions has been anything other than poor during Mike Ashley’s tenure.  I happen to think that Shearer’s punditry isn’t great and he doesn’t offer any great insight into the games he analyses from what I can see but that’s no crime and it doesn’t take away from his great achievements as a player.  I don’t think there is any malice or subterfuge involved, he’s just pointing out what most Newcastle fans can see and that is that the club is drifting aimlessly.  For some that means that they don’t enjoy going to SJP or watching on the box any more, for others the opportunity to go to the game, see mates and blow the froth off a few pints still beats twiddling thumbs or an afternoon with the wife.  Incredibly – and if you’d suggested this to me 10 years ago I’d have laughed in your face – I now prefer the afternoon with the wife to the sterility and tedium of a toon match but I appreciate that it’s horses for courses.  Sounds to me like sadly Shearer’s starting to feel the same way that I do and fair play to him for voicing his concern I reckon.

  • AP69

    I’ve read it again and you said 2 year old
    Get back to the fat man
    Get out of our club