Kevin Phillips not surprised Newcastle fans following Sunderland fans in turning backs on club
Kevin Phillips has been comparing Newcastle United with Aston Villa and his old club, Sunderland.
The one-time Mackem striker saying about Aston Villa showing ambition and selling out of season tickets.
Kevin Phillips then comparing that to Newcastle United, not a single signing and pretty much zero positives so far this close season, with Mike Ashley and Steve Bruce’s ongoing presence, little surprise that a minimum of 13,000 NUFC season tickets remain unsold.
Phillips thinks Newcastle fans are now finally following the lead of what Sunderland fans have done ‘so many times’, showing their unhappiness by staying away from matches.
It is no surprise to anybody surely, or it shouldn’t be, to see so few season tickets sold.
Back in 2019, Newcastle fans voted with their feet against Mike Ashley’s continued ownership and Steve Bruce’s appalling football and tactics, crowds heading down towards the forty thousand mark. Only two years earlier the fans were filling St James Park in the Championship! Rafa Benitez giving a little bit of hope and that meaning an average of over 51,000 in the second tier. That season (2016/17), only Man Utd had more fans through the turnstiles for home matches (NUFC having 23 Championship home games compared to Arsenal and others’ 19 PL matches).
Mike Ashley responded to the massive number of empty seats around his retail empire’s adverts at SJP, by giving away 10,000 season tickets in December 2019.
With Newcastle United home matches apparently set to see sub forty thousand crowds this season, we all await to see Mike Ashley’s reaction this time…
Kevin Phillips speaking to Football Insider:
“They [Newcastle fans] are so frustrated.
“It’s almost a protest, or maybe that’s exactly what it is…but it’s easy to understand their position.
“Having lived in the North East I know the fans up there are fanatics.
“I’m shocked it sounds like they [Newcastle United] have only sold a few [season tickets].
“I’ve heard that from Sunderland fans so many times, ‘we’re not coming back’.
“It’s as simple as that, maybe it’s the final straw now and fans thinking that not going is the only way they can hurt the club.
“I saw Villa have sold theirs out so look at them, a club showing ambition and making good signings.
“Newcastle haven’t signed anyone yet, other than blind loyalty, why would you go back?
“One thing is for sure, St James Park won’t be anywhere near as scary for away sides.”
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