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Newcastle United Season Tickets go on general sale – To coincide with new manager and first signing?

1 year ago
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Newcastle United season tickets are now on general sale.

Fans were stunned when in June they found out prices had gone up by 5%, this on top of Mike Ashley forcing people to pay up to 20% extra for their season tickets last Summer (2018).

This time, supporters were only given three weeks to renew before the deadline passed and now at 10am this morning (Monday 15 July), the Newcastle United season tickets that weren’t renewed (as well as those that went unsold last season) have now gone on sale.

After everything that has/hasn’t happened at Newcastle United this Summer, I really can’t imagine why anyone will be deciding that this is a great time to get a season ticket…

I do though have a funny feeling that just maybe Mike Ashley and his PR minions may have dreamed up what they would see, as a cunning plan to boost season ticket sales today.

How about a new manager (head coach…) and a first signing of the season ‘coincidentally’ also happening today?

Some six weeks ago there was a newspaper exclusive claiming that Kyle Scott was going to be Newcastle United’s first summer transfer window signing.

With the 21 year old midfielder set to be released by Chelsea after not managing a single minute of league action, it sounded a bit far-fetched. If Rafa Benitez was looking to overhaul this NUFC squad with a takeover seemingly imminent, surely the club would be aiming higher than Kyle Scott?

Kyle Scott turns 22 in December and hasn’t shown anything to suggest he has what it takes to make it in the Premier League, his only Chelsea action a brief sub appearance in the FA Cup.

It isn’t as though he has done anything of significance on loan, last season playing in the Dutch second tier for Telstar, where he scored twice in 12 starts (plus 2 appearances from the bench).

However, with no Rafa and apparently no takeover either, suddenly you can see why this could indeed be a very likely Mike Ashley signing. Fans imagining him coming in to say take the price of Isaac Hayden and Ashley banking £15m or so.

This weekend saw widespread media claims that a medical and confirmation of Kyle Scott as a Newcastle United signing is imminent, with a three year contract reported to have been agreed.

As for the managerial situation, things really really hit rock bottom when this weekend saw it emerge that Mike Ashley was apparently struggling to even get sixth choice Steve Bruce ‘over the line’ and into St James Park.

Quite stunning in the position Newcastle United find themselves in (less than four weeks until new season with no manager, no signings, players having left etc etc) that if indeed Steve Bruce is Ashley’s choice, that he can’t even swiftly conclude a deal to land a Championship manager that no other Premier League club wants.

What though if this is part of a cunning plan thought up by Mike Ashley and his minions. what better than a new manager and first signing of the Summer to get fans rushing to sign up for their Newcastle United Season Tickets?

You may think this sounds like a quite mad and bizarre suggestion, actually a massive own goal, but then when you look at what the NUFC owner has done already, is it such an implausible idea that we could be seeing Steve Bruce and Kyle Scott announced today…?

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