Sky Sports pundit has a theory why Newcastle find it hard at home

Paul Merson

Newcastle United lost to Bournemouth in the Premier League on Saturday.

Former Arsenal attacker Paul Merson has suggested to Sky Sports that Newcastle United find it hard to play at home because of their fans.

Merson made the comments following Newcastle’s 3-1 defeat to Bournemouth at St. James’ Park in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon.

"It must be hard to play at Newcastle,” the Englishman told Sky Sports. “After 10 minutes the crowd were on their backs. They were booing.

"There was a bit of bad luck with the [Steven] Taylor own goal, he didn't mean it, he couldn't do anything about it. You can't help that. I haven't heard booing like this.”

While Merson has a point about Newcastle fans, it must also be taken into account that the supporters would not jeer their team if they were doing well - or at least trying to do well.

The reason why the Newcastle supporters are so frustrated with their team is that the players are simply unable to perform.

Steve McClaren has a good squad who should be at least pushing for a top-10 finish in the Premier League, not fighting against relegation.

Newcastle are second from bottom in the Premier League table at the moment with 24 points from 28 matches. The Magpies are a point behind 17th-placed Sunderland and have a game in hand.

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