A section of Newcastle United fans are planning on a second demonstration at St. James' Park this Saturday.
With five games to go, the uncertainty of league safety still lingers for Newcastle United. Last Sunday’s defeat to Tottenham Hotspur was the club’s sixth in a row and now more than ever, the club needs their supporters to get behind the team.
An eerily quiet atmosphere accompanied Sunday’s loss to Spurs, which brought a season-low attendance of 47,427. With time running out to achieve survival, a win this Saturday is a must. For that to happen, St. James’ Park must be rocking.
Fan-run website ashleyout.com are behind the planned remonstrations in an attempt to increase “awareness for Mike Ashley's failed ownership of Newcastle United in the local and national media”.
The protests are unquestionably valid given the record profit made last year at the expense of the club’s ambitions.
Yet at such a crucial juncture of the season, fans must put aside their dispute with Ashley and guide their beloved Magpies to safety.
Boss John Carver has confirmed that the protests have affected both the squad and staff – per the BBC - and a repeat this week will only hamper The Toon’s quest to find the points needed to stay in the top flight.
Suffering from a lack of goals, a fragile defence and a squad low on confidence, a full-house against Swansea will do wonders to lift the players and Carver's spirits. A ferocious atmosphere could make the difference between driving the team to a vital win and creating another embarrassing piece of history with a record seventh consecutive league loss.
Most importantly, three points against Garry Monk’s men gives Newcastle the breathing space required for crunch trips to relegation rivals Leicester City and Queens Park Rangers in May.
While most fans realise the importance of getting behind the team, those planning on demonstrating this Saturday must realise there is a time and place to protest for their beloved club; once Premier League safety has been realised.