Newcastle fans have been left baffled by Graeme Souness’ thoughts on his managerial stint on Tyneside.
The Magpies got off to a disappointing start to the season on Sunday, falling to a 1-0 defeat to a relatively weak Arsenal XI.
The Gunners capitalised on a mistake from Jetro Willems to find the game’s only goal, but something Souness said while on punditry duty for Sky Sports has caught just as much attention as the result itself, now that the dust has settled.
“There is a frustration at Newcastle because they feel they should be so much better. Fifty thousand people every week, they are a big football club. I had eight jobs and that was the most difficult one I ever had,” he told Sky Sports.
“Matt Ritchie touched on it with an interview this week, saying everyone has to row in the same direction. The job is hard enough when everyone is pulling in the same direction.
“I got the job, the local press man was an absolute fool, I can’t remember his name. He was proud to say he got the last four managers sacked. That’s a local newspaper, they should be promoting the football club not damaging it at every opportunity.”
And while some fans may agree with his verdicts on the media pressure, most are just annoyed that the 66 year-old seems determined to blame anyone but himself for his failures at the club.
Indeed, the Liverpool legend tore apart Sir Bobby Robson’s side, who had been in a European semi-final not long before the Scot’s arrival, and was replaced roughly 18 months later having never really found his feet at the club.
Needless to say, fans aren’t too fond of his comments on Sunday, as you can see from the Twitter reactions down below…
He took over SBR’s #nufc team, got rid of the most effective player (Bellamy) , spent a load of money on utter toss and he’s never worked in football since. Also voted LFC’s worst manager of all time. I think Mr Souness needs to get himself a mirror to have a long hard look in.
— UncleBingo #AshleyOut #RevokeA50 (@read_avidly) August 11, 2019
He took a team from 5th to 13th but it was the press that was the problem?
— Shaun Wales (@wales_shaun) August 11, 2019
Avoiding all blame again. Didn’t once mention his shocking tactics or poor management.
It was the journalists fault? He sounds like Pardew when he blamed Science.
— NUFC Fanzone (@NUFCFanzone) August 11, 2019
Shocking manager and an even worse pundit
— fcboot (@johnbro98995454) August 11, 2019
Sky are on Mike Ashley’s payroll. No mention at all on his god awful ownership. Souness ought to keep his mouth shut… took a Bobby Robson team that finished 4th, 3rd and 5th and ruined it
— Jm (@jkm1777) August 11, 2019
Haha this guy was one of the worst managers we’ve ever had! Difficult job….maybe your appalling tactics, management and recruitment had the press on your back?!You took a team from 5-13th in one season and loaded the squad with inadequate players. Sky please get him off the tv
— Keith Lloyd (@keithl82) August 11, 2019
Diabolical manager! So arrogant as well. Got the #NUFC job and said “This is the best bunch of players I’ve ever had. I only need to make a couple of additions”
Went on to decimate the team and make us bottom half.
He was days away from Blackburn sacking him when we got him ?
— BT (@BirtleyBadBoy) August 11, 2019
Came to sort the dressing room. Couldn’t. Sold our best players and ruined the team. But it’s the fault of the press!
— Martin ◼️◻️◼️◻️ (@MartinJS27) August 11, 2019
That’s because Souness was a rubbish Manager #Nufc
— Gord69H (@Gordsa69Nufc) August 11, 2019