Tony Gale says Newcastle's Steve Black over stepped boundaries, calls out players

Newcastle United's motivational speaker Steve Black was seen on the pitch after the final whistle of the game with Chelsea.

Newcastle United continue to use Steve Black as a motivational coach to help their players, amid growing pressure at St. James' Park.

Black worked closely with England rugby hero Jonny Wilkinson through his career, and Steve McClaren has tasked him with helping to cajole and liaise with the players.

After the draw with 2-2 draw with Chelsea at the weekend, Black went onto the pitch to talk to the players and offer a combination of congratulation and commiseration on a good performance, and bad luck in failing to get the three points.

SkySports pundit Tony Gale however feels Black overstepped the mark, and should not have gone onto the pitch.

Speaking to SkySports News HQ's Morning View, broadcast on Monday September 28, Gale said: "That's too much, he should do it in the dressing room. He shouldn't be on the pitch acting like he's the Guvnor. Steve McClaren should be able to do that. Would he have come on the pitch if Ramires had got the third goal?"

Gale, who played extensively for West Ham during his career before a late spell with Blackburn Rovers, also had further criticism for the players.

He added: "If they need that, they shouldn't be playing football."

Black's involvement highlights the differences between modern football and Gale's era, with modern coaches looking to exhaust every possible edge they can bring.

Pressures felt by modern footballers, throughthe media and via social media, are greater than in the days previous Newcastle players may have felt, with criticism relentless throughout 2015 due to consistently poor performances.

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