Football hardman Vinnie Jones has some advice for Newcastle United

Vinnie Jones

The former Wimbledon man believes The Magpies need some of that 'Crazy Gang' attitude.

It is certainly proving a tough time on the North East this season. While Hartlepool pulled off a miracle surviving in League Two and Middlesbrough are battling for Championship promotion - Newcastle United and Sunderland are not doing so well.

Both teams are faltering near the foot of the Premier League table.

One man who thinks he knows what both teams need to survive is Vinnie Jones. The former Chelsea and Leeds United midfielder, who certainly knows something about digging deep, spoke to The Chronicle at the weekend - suggesting that both clubs need a touch of the 'Crazy Gang' philosophy that his Wimbledon team possessed in the late 80's and 90's:

"The fans of both Newcastle, and Sunderland must be in a dreadful panic when they look at the Premiership table.

“It just appears to be going from bad to worse for two fantastic teams, the fans are really special and deserve so much more.

“Both clubs need to be united - on and off the pitch as the season draws to a close.

“They need something that resembles that old ‘Crazy Gang’ siege mentality that we had thought he golden period at Wimbledon when we feared no one, and every player lived and breathed every second of our time playing for our fans.

“It really is only something like this that will see these great clubs survive this season - and it has to start now."

At the weekend Sunderland eased some of their relegation worries by defeating Everton 2-0 at Goodison Park but Newcastle United would have wanted more from their home game against West Brom, which finished with a 1-1 draw.

Sunderland now look to be on their way to survival. Along with Leicester City and Aston Villa they have been resurgent recently while Newcastle are in downfall.

Luckily it looks as though a team from a little way down the roads may save them, as Hull City lost to Burnley last weekend to drop into the relegation zone.

But Newcastle would do well to heed Jones' advice and keep their future in their own hands.

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