Newcastle United are expecting their lowest attendance of the Mike Ashley era when they face Leicester City in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday, as reported by The Daily Mail.
Large areas of St. James’ Park will be closed for the game, including the upper tiers of the Gallowgate and Milburn stands, yet there are still approximately 20,000 seats still available.
This means they could go below the 15,805 who turned up in January 2010 for an FA Cup replay against Plymouth Argyle.
All this comes despite Steve Bruce promising to put out a strong side for the game, indicating that he is ready to take the cups seriously – with many fans boycotting games due to Ashley’s ownership, this highlights just how divided the club is at the moment.
Tickets for the game are available at just £11, but many supporters have chosen to stay away by means of protest against Ashley and the way he runs the club.
There isn’t much encouragement from the stands, but there has been even less on the pitch, with the Magpies having lost both their opening games of the season, including a 3-1 loss to Norwich City.
Bruce accused his players of “not even putting their boots on” following the loss to the Canaries.
It is only two games into the season but it already seems like this could be a very tumultuous one for Newcastle, Ashley and Bruce unless something changes.
There seems little doubt that this is a club as divided as ever and it is difficult to see things changing with Ashley at the helm.
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