Newcastle fans blast Graeme Souness’ comments on managing the club

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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…

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