Newcastle United star asks fans to stop boycotting Mike Ashley and come back to St James Park
The sight of thousands and thousands of empty seats has become the norm at St James Park this season.
Mike Ashley forcing Newcastle fans to stay away, as they are sick of seeing what he is doing to the club and feel they have no other way of trying to convince him to sell up.
The last home game saw less than 40,000 people inside St James Park and whilst there will be fewer empty seats on Sunday, there is no chance of the game selling out.
Back in May, Mike Ashley and the club made a big show of saying they were doing everything they can to stop Liverpool fans getting in home sections, knowing the game was a certain sell-out. Despite being warned of Manchester United fans buying up tickets in home sections, Mike Ashley and his people have refused to put any obstacles in the place of Man Utd fans buying tickets amongst home supporters, Ashley desperate to fill those empty seats in any way he can, despite safety concerns of large numbers of away fans ending up in home sections.
Ahead of Sunday’s match, Newcastle defender Paul Dummett has asked the fans staying away because of Mike Ashley to stop their protests/boycott, asking them to fill the empty seats.
However, the Newcastle fans are way beyond that point of returning and indeed the poor football and results is not exactly pushing fans into paying at least £43 (cheapest adult tickets apart from family enclosure) to watch this Manchester United match.
As for the actual football, Paul Dummett says it is the players themselves and not Steve Bruce’s clueless management that is to blame for results like last Sunday’s.
However, the reality is that both are to blame.
That result at Leicester was down to everybody involved but being in charge, Steve Bruce has to take the lion’s share of the blame.
Paul Dummett speaking to NUFC TV:
“Hopefully we can get a sold out stadium [against Manchester United} because at the moment we haven’t had the sell-outs that we would like.
“When we have got our fans there supporting us the way they can, it makes it even harder for the opposition.
“The more we try and dwell on the fact that we put a bad performance in [at Leicester], it will stick in our heads and the confidence might not be there.
“We need to try to forget about it, to work hard on the training ground and make sure we put it right.
“We collapsed in the second half and that is one thing as a team, with the players that we have, we have never really done that in the past few seasons.
“We have never collapsed and given away the goals that we gave away.
“That is one thing the manager [Head Coach Steve Bruce] wanted to address, I think as a team we knew it wasn’t acceptable.
“That is one thing that can’t happen again.
“This team has been successful on working hard as a team and sticking together to get results.
“Obviously the manager has changed….but we all still know what we have to do on the pitch.
“We train every day with the manager on different ideas but we all know exactly what our jobs are on the pitch.
“The performance against Leicester wasn’t that we didn’t know our jobs.
“We didn’t put the performance in and collapsed, like the manager said, we surrendered.
“Even when it was 5-0 they [Newcastle fans] were still singing right throughout, travelling the distance they travelled and the money they would have spent, the performance we put in was not acceptable.
“No matter what team you play for, getting beat 5-0 is a tough one to take.
“There were a lot of things said between ourselves in the dressing room and a lot said in the press and the media, we have got to accept the criticism because everyone involved in that game knew it wasn’t good enough.
“We have been in tough situations before throughout our time in the Premier League and we have overcome those hurdles, we’re doing our best to make sure we stick together and overcome those again.
“We will be working hard on the training ground to make sure we can try and put the performance right against Manchester United.
“Hopefully for us there might be a few tired legs [for Man Utd after playing AZ Alkmaar on Thursday night).
“It is never easy playing so many games in a week but we know they have got quality throughout the team.
“They have not had a great start but they have quality players in every position, we know they are going to be dangerous no matter what team they put on the pitch, no matter what games they have played.”
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