Darren Bent has revealed his stance on the prospective takeover of Newcastle United as he told Football Insider that it has taken full priority at St James’ Park and suggests everything else, including the ticket situation, has been pushed to the back burner.
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The Chronicle have reported that there is nothing being planned by the Tyneside club regarding ticket refunds for supporters with the rest of the season set to be played behind closed doors.
Former Premier League striker Bent had this to say to the outlet when asked about the whole situation in the North East:
“I don’t think it’s a lack of leadership, I just think at the minute the club’s in such an awkward position with the takeover, no one knows what’s going on.
“I just think at the minute, I don’t think they’re doing it on purpose and thinking they don’t really want to give the money back, I just think right now they’re trying to get this takeover over the line, they’re throwing absolutely everything at it to get it over the line.
“Unfortunately, maybe the whole season ticket issue is getting swallowed up in that because they just don’t quite know.”
The Magpies’ average attendance in the top flight this season has been 48,248 across 14 home games, the club’s lowest average since the 2010/11 campaign.
They have not sold out a league game at their home stadium, which has a capacity of 52,338, since the 2017/18 term, despite averaging over 51,000 fans for the last two seasons.
The relatively low turnout is perhaps not surprising given the issue with the tickets, but the proposed new owners will be hoping to fill the stadium up again to its full capacity if they were to take full ownership for the next campaign.
With the ongoing situation of trying to get the deal between Mike Ashley and Amanda Staveley’s Saudi-led consortium over the line, perhaps the issue with season tickets has gone a little bit under the radar as Bent suggests.
Nevertheless, several members of the Toon faithful will surely be hoping that the new ownership is sorted before they can think about buying tickets for the next term under a potentially fresh era.
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