Niall Quinn: What the biggest problem is for Newcastle fans right now

Mike Ashley at Tup Tup Palace

The former Sunderland chairman has been discussing the current struggles of the Newcastle United faithful.

Former Sunderland chairman Niall Quinn believes the biggest problem facing Newcastle fans right now is the fact there is no realistic buyer that could take the club off Mike Ashley's hands, according to the Chronicle.

As such, all the protests in the world won't change the fact that 'reconnecting' is the best way forward, the former Sunderland man argues.

Quinn compared Newcastle's situation to that of Liverpool a few years ago, only singling out the crucial difference that there is no one to step in and force Ashley to sell up in the Magpies' scenario, unlike when FSG bought the Anfield outfit.

The ex-Sunderland chairman told Sky Sports: “The connection [between owner and fans] is broken like it was at Liverpool, for instance, but Liverpool had a difference.

“They had a group who were able to come in and do something about it. It ended up in the courts and Fenway ended up getting the club.

“You don’t see anybody coming out and saying: ‘I’m going to take this from Mike Ashley’. Newcastle fans are protesting but they don’t have anyone to come in instead of Mike Ashley and that could be the problem. To reconnect has to be the best way forward.”

The onus when it comes to reconnecting, of course, falls on the Newcastle United hierarchy.

Will they try? And, if so, how?

The Newcastle side will need a revamp from head to toe ahead of next season, as well as a new manager (unless anyone wants the Magpies to go down next term...). Most important, though, will be transfer spending and a change of attitude towards the cup competitions.

But will it ever happen?

Register for NEWCASTLE UNITED team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch