According to the Chronicle, it is believed an estimated 10,000 season tickets were left unsold ahead of the 2019/20 season.
This comes from Mark Douglas, who also insists that the Mike Ashley and co. should be left ‘concerned’ by the fact this has contributed to the club’s lowest home attendance in a Premier League game since 2012.
Not only did our latest home game against Watford muster a crowd of just 44,157 – our smallest top flight crowd in 7 years – it’s since been revealed that no Premier League club has had more empty seats so far this season, with St James’ Park being the only stadium to be less than 90% capacity.
What should also stand out to the club’s hierarchy is the fact this pitiful crowd at home to Watford came after our huge win away at Spurs – something which may have promoted fans to buy tickets in the past.
If this doesn’t make Ashley realise that apathy has taken over on Tyneside, what will? After all, empty stadiums don’t look good and it’ll only get worse if we struggle – and struggling only seems more likely when our players don’t have that ’12th man’ behind them during home games.
I’m glad to see us pick up a few points and that the non stop criticism towards Bruce has now calmed down considerably as a result, but that can’t take away from the key focus – getting Mike Ashley out of our club.
Let’s keep the pressure on and continue to make him realise we won’t just sit and back a man who constantly neglects both us and our beloved club.