Newcastle United midfielder Jack Colback has explained to the Northern Echo how the club’s current struggles have started to affect his personal life.
Colback has told the paper that he can’t really talk to his close family because they have grown used to a certain level of expectation in relation to the Magpies, which the current crop of players are struggling to reproduce.
“Being from around here, having family and friends who support the club, it is difficult to talk to them about the team at times because they have followed the team for years and seen great success,” he said.
“To be in a position like this, I almost feel embarrassed sometimes to talk about the position we are in when the team is losing.”
Newcastle are in a very difficult position because they are by no means clear of danger in the Premier League, just three points ahead of in form Aston Villa.
They have to try and find a way to deal with injuries and secure more positive results over the rest of the season, which injects some positive feeling back into the team.
Newcastle is an area of the country where fans are extremely passionate about their club and the impact is now stretching further than simply the training pitch and the club’s position in the table.
If the Magpies can halt the slide which has been developing in recent weeks, there is a lot to be done this summer and it starts with making the right appointment in terms of the manager for the 2015/2016 season.