Former England boss Terry Venables has come out and praised Joey Barton for daring to speak out about the Newcastle fans last weekend.
In retrospect it looks like it had a positive effect on the Newcastle fans, who have been magnificent ion their support of the Magpies, in the last two home games, which has garnered them 4 points.
Terry Venables – thinks Barton was right
Venables pointed to the great display against Arsenal which was one of the most spirited performances weâ€™ve seen from a Newcastle side in a long time, and once we get the problems sorted out at the back, has to auger well for the future.
â€œThat was a critical moment. It could have a triggered an avalanche of hatred from the stands. But instead it succeeded in galvanizing the supporters even more,â€
â€œThe roar that echoed around St Jamesâ€™ Park reinvigorated the players and drove them to one of their best performances of the season.â€
â€œBelieve me, if the fans had got on the playersâ€™ backs, Newcastle would not have got back into the game. Some fans do not realize what a massive influence they have in times of difficulty.â€
“I defy anybody to perform to their maximum when their own supporters are on their case. Footballers are human beings and they do get affected by it.”
Venables then went on to say that football supporters in general are now desperate for success, and itâ€™s not only at St. Jamesâ€™ Park. But sometimes they don’t realize they may be part of the problem at their clubs. He went on:
â€œThey want everything now and it reaches the point where they lose sight of the fact they are contributing to the malaise.
â€œThere used to be a bit of humor and banter in crowds. In fact, I used to enjoy going to quite a lot of away grounds because the fans could be funny. Newcastle was one of those places. Now there is anger everywhere.â€
What do you think? Is Terry Venables right?
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