Alan Shearer says that he was ‘disappointed’ and ‘taken aback’ by Fabricio Coloccini’s letter to Newcastle fans.

The former Newcastle and England Captain says that the fans have never turned their back on the club and he can’t believe that the current United Captain has came out and asked the supporters to stick with the team.

Shearer says that Coloccini and his teammates should be concentrating on giving the supporters something to shout about, something that they haven’t done for a long time.

The United legend says that in spite of the protests for the odd specific match, fans have continued to show their support for the team and turned up in huge numbers.

Alan Shearer speaking to BBC Sport:

“I was surprised that Coloccini had written a letter to the fans, asking them to stick with the team, because I think if there is one thing pretty much guaranteed at Newcastle, it is that the fans will turn up and support.

“Despite there being protests and fans not turning up for specific games, there has always been plus forty six thousand there.”

Taken aback:

“So for a player to come out and ask the fans to still support him, I was a bit taken aback and disappointed in that, because first and foremost the players have got to give the fans something to shout about, and that has to come first.

“Of late and for a long time, the players haven’t given the fans anything to shout about.”