Former number nine Mick Quinn says he won't tell fans what to do, but he understands why some Newcastle United supporters want to boycott
I know all about boycotts because the build-up to my debut back in 1989 against Leeds United was all about fans threatening to stay away after the club had just been relegated to the Second Division.
As it turned out, there were 25,000 plus fans there at St James’ Park to see me bag four goals against Leeds.
Now, I’m not going to tell anybody to NOT go to a game. It’s just not my style. But what I will say is that if the fans want to do and what some fans think is the best option, then I am behind them.
In some ways it feels like there is no other option for them to show their frustration and show that they are unhappy. It’s not my place to tell people to boycott though.
What you have to remember is that this is all a personal choice and some fans I have spoken to actually want to go to the game. That’s fine too but as I say I back anybody’s decision either way.
What the fans are seeing at the minute is just embarrassing and the club is a bit of a laughing stock to the outsider. The club needs wholesale change – players on the pitch and coaching staff.
I know it’s horrible to say but it all feels like the place is rotting away at the moment. I know that not everybody is up for the boycott and I did get a Tweet from one person saying I should be Tweeting the positives.
But I can’t even stand here with six games to go and predict where the next point is coming from!
They are lucky they are on 35 points. I think they will stay up because teams at the bottom have to play each other in and around the scrap.
Thankfully it would take a team in the bottom three to win four games in a row to catch Newcastle and nobody has done that all season. That is the only thing that is probably going to keep Newcastle up sadly. Who knows what awaits us on Sunday against Spurs?
Fans want to make their point to Mike Ashley by not turning up but I don’t know what the answer is.
You have to remember some fans have already paid money for a season ticket and Mr Ashley already has their money.
Just to rub it all in since Alan Pardew has left he’s looked like the Special One and then manages to beat Sunderland - which he couldn’t do for love nor money at Newcastle - in a derby.
It’s all just unbelievable. The football Gods are conspiring against Geordies.