Jake Humphrey defends Newcastle supporters

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Jake Humphrey has heaped praise on the travelling Newcastle United fans for their “remarkable” support at the King Power on Sunday when they watched their side lost 5-0 to Leicester City.

Newcastle fans have had a torrid time since the end of last season.

They have watched Rafa Benitez, Salomon Rondon and Ayoze Perez all leave St James’ Park, only for Mike Ashley to bring in Steve Bruce as manager and leave the team looking a lot weaker than it did under Benitez.

Newcastle are 19th in the standings and have only scored four goals but fans have been criticised at times in the past, and the present, for wanting too much from their club.

BT Sport host Humphrey is having none of that though and he has made it clear he’s a huge fan of the Toon Army’s passion for their team despite the dire situation.

“Totally baffled by how some are trying to spin the mess at Newcastle to have a pop at their fans,” he said, via his personal Twitter account on Monday morning.

“Not only are they the innocent party in all this, their support yesterday in driving rain was nothing short of remarkable.

“They should be getting our universal support.”


Humphrey is right to praise the Newcastle supporters, especially those who were at Leicester on Sunday. Even though the Magpies were truly hammered by the Foxes in the East Midlands, throughout the game the away supporters were singing their hearts out. It’s like this every match. Although fans have protested against Mike Ashley’s leadership with their absence this season, especially in recent fixtures and on the opening day against Arsenal, the fans who are at the matches have been superb and deserve praise like what Humphrey is giving to them. The Toon Army is Newcastle’s greatest asset. There will be a day when Ashley is no longer there. There will be a day when Bruce is gone and some of the players who don’t look anywhere near good enough for the Premier League. However those fans will always be there, even if it means they have to make sacrifices right now to try and hit Ashley in the pocket and give him a reason to think about leaving the club and selling to someone else.

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