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Exclusive Supermac Interview – ‘Players Are Like Dogs’

8 years ago

To celebrate the Three Legends returning to the airwaves we had an exclusive interview with Supermac.

The larger than life character was a legend in his time in the black & white shirt and now has a whole different audience as the long running Three Legends radio format sees Malcolm not slow in coming forward with his views.

Below you’ll find extracts from the interview and also details of how you can listen to and take part in the relaunched Three Legends phone-in, to read the full Mag interview though, you’ll need to get a copy of the next issue of the magazine – subscriptions available here.

Does it seem strange that many fans think of you sprinting down the pitch at Hillsborough to put United in the cup final, while others will just see you as that annoying bloke off the radio?

(Laughs) Of course it depends on the age group and you will have people who remember me in my playing days, then you’ll have dads telling their kids tales of what I was like back in my time and then you will have Grandads….!

What do you think is the best Newcastle fans can hope for this season?

I’ve been very disappointed with the start and I’m not just talking about the results. I was also disappointed with the failure to build an expanded squad with Europe in mind because it was clear we had to, to cope with the extra demands it will bring.

I don’t understand the whole Europe thing, players and fans clamour to be in Europe and the when we get there, there seems to  be a total loss of interest from the club.

When Newcastle played their qualifier in Greece against Atromitos, I looked at Yohan Cabaye’s face and he looked totally p***ed off. Here was a French international watching kids in his place when he should have been on the pitch and clearly wanted to be.

It is said he needed resting but the season had only just started. If he really did need resting then they should have left him at home because any player will tell you, it isn’t the playing of matches that tires you out. It is the travelling and when you are on planes it leaves you heavy legged.

How do you think the morale is at St.James’ Park?

On the pitch it doesn’t look a happy camp; the central defenders don’t seem to be totally connecting or happy with each other, the central midfielders aren’t connecting or happy together and so on…

Taking the example of Cabaye going to Greece. Like a dog, players need their rewards and if a dog does what you want him to do then you give him a biscuit.

In the case of players like Cabaye, he travels all the way out there (Greece) and then doesn’t get his biscuit/a game. We all need our rewards and for players the rewards are actually playing the matches, they go through all the training and physical work to then get their chance on the pitch.

I think the whole Europa League thing has helped to unsettle the squad and I find it a shame that it’s been caused in the first place and then secondly, it hasn’t been corrected.

Do you think the lack of summer signings showed the club failing to back Alan Pardew?

You have to invest to get right results, you can’t expect it all for nothing.

I think at Newcastle United the message does gets through but it is on the second attempt with the owner.

So they might cock it up this season but could be too late if try and correct it next season as you could have disillusioned players who will be intent on leaving no matter what.

Supermac is back on the airwaves as one third of the Three Legends tonight (Monday 29th October) from 6pm-8pm.

For details of how you can hear the show click for options of how you can hear it online or via various North East Community Stations.

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