Paul Merson thinks that Newcastle United were saved by having an 18 day break after the pathetic dispaly against Chelsea.

The TV pundit saying that after such a disastrous game, you wouldn’t want to be playing again just a week later.

Though rather bizarrely, Paul Merson thinks that many Newcastle fans will forget, or at least half forget about the Chelsea match, with the extended time period without a game.

Surely this is the opposite, as if we had another game coming up then Newcastle supporters would be focussing on that, rather than endlessly going on about how shocking the players were at Stamford Bridge.

However, Paul Merson doesn’t think the intervening time should have been spent taking the players off to La Manga. Saying that when he was at Arsenal they would cancel these kind  of trips if they lost badly in a match before they were due to hea doff.

Merson then goes a ‘little’ over the top in patronising Newcastle fans, claiming that we spend all our money, ‘Not like a little bit, every penny’…

Yes that’s right, we don’t even have anything left over to be able to feed the whippets, never mind the wife (or husband…) and kids!

Paul Merson speaking on Sky Sports:

“After that disaster (Chelsea 5 Newcastle 1) you wouldn’t want to be coming back out seven days later.

“I think a nice break…the (Newcastle) fans will probably forget…half forget about it, in 17 or 18 days.

“I have been at Arsenal when we were supposed to be going away and we have lost a game, then it has got cancelled.

“George (Graham) in his wildest dreams wouldn’t have sent us away if we had just been beaten 5-1.

“There is a time…you have got to draw the line and say bang, we cannot afford to go away.

“A working class place Newcastle, people spend all their money to go and watch the club. Not like a little bit, they spend every penny following this team around – that (going to La Manga) was the worst possible move that they could make.”