A strange development has seen reports of some Newcastle players supposedly telling their partners and families to boycott and stay away from St. James’ Park.
The newspaper report claims that some of United’s foreign players have become ‘terrified’ of playing in home matches in front of the Newcastle fans.
The Telegraph article is a strange one because it doesn’t name any of the ‘terrified’ players and bears all the hallmarks of an NUFC Keith Bishop PR stunt….but one that has gone a little bit wrong.
The ‘fear of fans’ angle is in line with previous claims by John Carver demanding ‘protection’ from fans during matches after the Swansea game, whilst going further back, Mike Ashley claimed he had to stop his family coming to matches after he (figuratively)stuck the knife into Kevin Keegan – though Northumbria Police made those claims look ridiculous when they said they’d received no such complaints from the club owner.
Considering the recent atmospheres at St.James’ Park have been more in keeping with a library, it’s not clear exactly what the players have to be ‘terrified’ of.
In fact it should be the fans who should be ‘terrified’ and in need of ‘protection’ if they turn up on Saturday for the West Brom match, taking into account the horror shows we’ve been subjected to for what is beginning to feel like forever.
Part of the Telegraph article read:
‘Newcastle United players have become so scared of St James’ Park that they have told their families to stay away.
An alarming run of eight successive defeats have seen Newcastle drop into Premier League relegation danger, with three games left to play.
Two of those matches are at St James’ Park, against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday and West Ham United on the final day of the season.
It is understood, however, that a number of players have become terrified of playing in front of the Newcastle home fans and that some of the foreign contingent have advised their wives, girlfriends and families to stay at home.’