Former Newcastle and England player, Steve Howey, says that all but four of the Newcastle players should be disgusted with themselves.

Of the regular starters, Howey excludes only Colback, Krul, Janmaat and probably Perez from the finger of blame.

I think Steve Howey is in the right area with those comments but when speaking on Sky Sports, he then reverts to typical lazy clueless football/ex-footballer mode:

“I will make this point, and I know Newcastle fans will probably batter me for this, but I think you’ve got to be careful what you wish for with a new owner.

“I don’t think Ashley has done brilliantly but at the same time he could sell up and Newcastle could turn into a Portsmouth or a Leeds.  Even though it’s dreadful at the moment, financially they’re on an even keel.”

Why do none of them ever say ‘Newcastle could turn into a Swansea or a Southampton’ with a new owner who showed just a little ambition?

Or even, ‘Newcastle could turn into a Spurs or a Liverpool’ with a new owner who showed the right ambition?

They really haven’t got a clue. The only reason Newcastle are on an even keel is beauce of the much increased TV money and Mike Ashley has dragged United to the brink of losing that place in the Premier League and the TV cash that goes with it.

Last season 15 of the 20 Premier League clubs made a profit, that is the new reality.

If Leeds and Portsmouth were around now in the Premier League then they’d be doing fine as well, as they’d be getting the same TV riches. That is unless they risked turning into ‘another Newcastle’ and ran their clubs in the same calamitous cynical way that Mike Ashley runs Newcastle.

More from Steve Howey: Disgusted by all but four of the players:

“If you take out Tim Krul, Daryl Janmaat, Jack Colback and possibly Ayoze Perez, the rest of the lads who have played the majority of games this season should be disgusted with themselves to be quite honest,” he said.

“The performances have not been good enough. You could see by the body language of the players (at Leicester).

Grabbing throats:

“There were rumours of players going face to face with each other, grabbing each other’s throats, I hope it’s true.

“It’s important the fans get behind the team because in the last game, when the players went across to see the fans, the fans booed them.”

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