An emphatic response: Mark Lawrenson makes his feelings about Newcastle's supporters clear

The BBC pundit has been discussing the Newcastle fans.

Mark Lawrenson delivered an emphatic response when Mark Chapman asked him if Newcastle United fans are too harsh on their squad, according to Match of the Day.

Head coach Steve McClaren and owner Mike Ashley - along with the players - have come under massive scrutiny at St James' Park.

And Lawrenson told MOTD 2 on Sunday night: "What!? Try the other way around! The players need to get off their backsides. The fans have every right to be furious."

The modern game has seen plenty more player and club power creep into proceedings.

Owners these days are also heavily detached from the reality of football fans and, sadly, often don't have the first clue about actual football.

But Lawrenson is right. In the Premier League and, especially in Newcastle's case, supporter demands come first.

Why should fans give players an easy ride when it's obvious their manager is giving them the easiest one possible?

So many of the Magpies just haven't turned up this season - but fans have been paying good money each week to see that. They have every right to be angry and Newcastle's staff and players should be ashamed of themselves. The problem there, though, is that they really don't seem to care...

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