Newcastle warned: Fix the mess or lose the fans

Newcastle Jets have been warned that if they destroy the goodwill created in the post-Nathan Tinkler period by failing to sort out the club's mess they will lose many fans in the coming season.

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Newcastle fans show their colours Source: Getty Images AsiaPac

In the wake of yet another tumultuous week in the life of club that is never far from chaos and drama, two prominent members of Newcastle's supporter base have come out strongly in favour of sacked coach Scott Miller.

Miller was dismissed after falling out with the Jets just a month from the start of the A-League season.

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The Jets cited "differences within the club" and gave no explanation due to a confidentiality agreement between the two parties.



It is understood that a confrontation between Miller and his assistant Luciano Trani during the club's tour of China was the catalyst of the dismissal.

The Jets crisis descended into farce on Thursday evening after it emerged that Trani had also been sacked by the club, the Newcastle Herald reported. 

(Active supporter group) Squadron president Grant Furner said "Miller made his players play with passion for the shirt and the fans. Even if results did not go our way a lot of the time, it seemed pretty clear that he had the backing of a decent majority of Jets supporters who were prepared to give him a chance.

"The Ledman Group's next move as owners will be the key in reassuring Novocastrians who are deflated by seasons of disappointment, empty promises and false dawns that the Jets are headed for an extended period of stability rather than the continuous roller-coaster ride that seems to be part and parcel of supporting a Newcastle team in the national competition."

David Keating, from the popular Jetstream podcast, said the Jets' fan base generally was disappointed with Miller's shock sacking and he fired a stern warning to the club.

"The Jets are at risk of ruining the goodwill they have created since the Tinkler ownership came to an end and could potentially lose fans as a result," Keating said.

"Miller was a popular figure among the Jets fans and the players and his sacking would have blindsided the entire football community in Newcastle.

"The Jets supporters have suffered many disappointing moments since the club won the A-League in 2008 but there is only so much that they can take.

"Last year's average crowd was about nine thousand but if the club do not come up with a solution to the coaching situation this may be reflected in the stands."

Keating, however, said he was convinced that if the club appoint a coach who is prepared to let the players perform in the same positive way as Miller did and the results improve the supporters will come back in numbers.

"Miller's sacking does not necessarily take us back to square one because Newcastle has some of the most loyal supports in the A-League and it is a testament to the local community that they continue to support the club after all the Jets have been through," he said.

"So I am convinced that if the team performs well in the coming A-League the Jets would challenge for a finals berth."

Furner's and Keating's comments were made before Trani's reported sacking.

Many Jets fans have vented their frustration and anger through the social media, some threatening to cancel their membership.


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Published 8 September 2016 at 3:42pm
By Philip Micallef
Source: SBS