The Newcastle United Supporters’ Trust has passed a motion that will see fans walkout of their home clash with Cardiff City on the 69th minute mark.
Newcastle United fans are preparing to ramp up the pressure on club owner Mike Ashley and current Toon manager Alan Pardew with a staged walkout of their clash with Cardiff City on Saturday at St James’ Park.
The move comes after a motion was passed by the Newcastle United Supporters Trust supporting a move that will see those within the fan collective exit the game 21 minutes early.
A statement published on the group’s Facebook page outlined the plans, explaining that the move to leave on the 69th minute is a reference to the time Newcastle United last won a trophy – in 1969 – with the group asking all fans to consider supporting the motion.
But while the decision represents an unwelcome development for Ashley, it should be particularly concerning for Pardew, given some of the allusions made to the manager in the statement.
“Mike Ashley can't be held to account for 38 years of those 45 years of failure but how demoralising is it when the people who he employs at Newcastle United make plain the club's priorities to do little more than try and survive in the Premier League,” the statement read.
“We all love our club and a clear message needs to be sent out to Mike Ashley that changes are needed throughout the club.”
The comments are a blow to Pardew’s hopes of retaining his job with the Toon, though it is thought that he still has the backing of Ashley.
Clear-the-air talks are believed to have taken place recently between the club owner and a number of key senior players at the team, including Fabricio Coloccini, who had reportedly been involved in disputes over the management of the team.
Ashley is also thought to have offered assurances that money will be available in the summer, as the Toon looks to kick on next term.
But with the fans showing no let-up in their push for significant changes, Pardew could be the one to pay the price, particularly as former Manchester United manager and ideal Magpies managerial replacement David Moyes will most likely be available.