Paul Merson asked if he hates Newcastle United, responds

Paul Merson says he has nothing against Newcastle United.

Paul Merson has told the Fantasy Football Club podcast he has nothing against Newcastle United.

The former Arsenal and Aston Villa midfielder has had harsh words for the under performing players in recent weeks, while he also speaks his mind regarding his regular weekly predictions - on current form often going against the Toon.

Asked during a question and answer session, 'why do you hate Newcastle?', Merson had a simple response to the supporter.

He said: "I don't. I have nothing against Newcastle. They are a good club, with great supporters. I wouldn't want them to go down if I am being honest."

Relegation for Newcastle United is a very real possibility. The Toon are in the drop zone at present with 10 games to go, losing 3-1 at home to Bournemouth on Saturday, with fans left enraged at the lack of direction and passion shown by the players, in direct contrast to the well coached and effective Cherries.

Newcastle's next fixture is away to league leaders Leicester City next Monday evening, and then they have a huge fixture at home to Sunderland the following week.

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