Phillips 'shocked' by potential fan blow that will hurt Newcastle
Kevin Phillips is surprised that many Newcastle United season tickets remain unsold with the Premier League season two weeks away.
The Sunderland legend, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, can see the Magpies losing their home advantage this season.
Newcastle announced that season tickets were on general sale on 26th July.
One glance at the St James’ Park stadium plan on the club site shows there are thousands of season tickets available with the season just two weeks away.
On social media, some Newcastle fans are claiming 13,000 season tickets remain unsold though this number has no confirmed source.
This comes after a year of uncertainly regarding the Saudi-backed takeover attempt of the club.
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Many fans are tired of Mike Ashley’s ownership and Steve Bruce’s management and have vowed to not return to St James’ until both are gone.
Phillips claims he is still surprised by the lack of season ticket sales due to the fanatical nature of the Toon Army.
“They are so frustrated,” Phillips told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.
“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 have only sold a few.
“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.”