With Newcastle management announcing record profits for last year, fans are wondering where all the money is going.
The Magpies currently sit two points clear of the drop, and could be relegated if they lose on Sunday against West Ham.
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Even if Newcastle stays up in the Premier League, fans want owner Mike Ashley to sell the club. Despite the club earning record amounts, they failed to spend during the transfer window and haven’t won in the league since February.
For the final match of the season, Newcastle supporters have organized a sit-in protest where they will try to “occupy” St. James’ Park, no matter what the result of the match is.
Ashleyout.com is organizing the protest, as they also organized a complete boycott of Newcastle’s match vs. Tottenham earlier in the season. Below is a statement from Ashleyout.com regarding their viewpoint.
As the season comes to a close we again face an uncertain future under Ashley’s tenure. Premiership survival is still in our hands and for that reason Ashleyout.com have announced an after match end of season sit in protest.
We of course support all forms of protest against this regime but consider a full financial boycott of everything Ashley to be the best form of support for OUR club at this time. It is after all the only language Ashley appears to speak.
The fans’ support and love for OUR club is unconditional and will remain that way which ever division we find ourselves in; that is the way it has always been.”
The organization said it had no plans for protests during the match, as not to “disrupt the outcome in any way, shape or form.”
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Newcastle United has been in disarray for some time now, but times have been especially hard since the new year. John Carver took over as manager after Alan Pardew left, and has only won twice in 18 tries. The Magpies last victory came on February 28th, and they have only earned one point from the past ten matches.
Only a victory over West Ham on Championship Sunday will guarantee safety for Newcastle. If John Carver’s men suffer another defeat, they would need Manchester United to beat or draw against Hull City to stay in the top flight.