There’s no getting away from the fact that it’s bleak times at St James’ Park.
The Toon Army faithful have had to put up with two relegations during Mike Ashley’s torrid tenure, but it appears enough is actually enough.
With many moans and groans on the terraces over recent seasons, supporters are beginning to see their frustration boil over. While the Magpie Group’s planned boycott against Wolves didn’t go ahead, it appears that Newcastle fans are prepared to walk when the season ends.
Taking to Twitter, United fan @ToonPolls asked his followers whether they’ll be there next season. Perhaps unsurprisingly, only 16% remained committed to the cause.
For season ticket holders:
Are you renewing your season ticket for 2019/20 season? #NUFC
— Toon Polls (@ToonPolls) January 4, 2019
Nearly half of those who responded claimed that their future was linked to the club’s ability to keep a hold of Rafael Benitez. But, with another shambolic transfer window on the horizon, it remains unknown whether the Spaniard will sign the one-year extension on the table.
Will Newcastle fans return?
With Newcastle’s away day following consistently selling out, many of the fans who remained torn suggested in a follow-up poll that it was the away points they’d amassed that keep them renewing – and the fear of missing out.
Lots of people you’ll probably find it’s losing away points
— Dave Horne (@nufc3000) January 4, 2019
Exactly this for a lot of fans.
Years to get them but 2 clicks to lose them.
Not an option for many fans.
— Steve Wallwork (@stevewallwork) January 4, 2019
It’s my city, it’s my club & it’s my life… 44 years of supporting nufc… 20+ years as a season ticket holder. I’ve never been so down… am ready to jack it all in.. my dream is to see my team win a trophy. Plus be competitive in the EPL. Top half of the table. ⚪️⚫️⚪️⚫️⚪️⚫️
— Mal H (@malthecat) January 4, 2019
I waited years on a waiting list for my season ticket as a kid, i had the ticket long before ashley and I’ll have it long after aswell. I SUPPORT NUFC.
— P (@maverick19821) January 4, 2019
The fear of not being there when things one day finally improve and losing the ticket you’ve had for 28 years!
— JJ Fletcher (@JJFletcher7) January 4, 2019
Nearly 50% of them must be satisfied with what Is happening at the moment. What else can it be?? .. The empire is crumbling around you…No ambition, don’t give A F about who plays, who manages. Just a day out ehh. This parasite deserves an empty SJP.
— Mal nufc1892 (@malnufc1892) January 4, 2019
What will next season look like at St James’ Park if, as fans expect, Benitez leaves and Ashley remains in charge? Something simply must happen between now and the end of the season, otherwise this nightmare becomes an even worse reality.