Former Newcastle and England striker Les Ferdinand is now the Director of Football at QPR and he says when the Geordie fans get behind their team – they are the best in the business.
But with their passion, if things are not going well they tend to get anxious and that anxiety quickly transmits itself to the players.
Sir Les cites the game when we lost 2 points against QPR in early February at home, when Ciaran Clark scored an open goal right at the death and we only drew that game 2-2.
Les Ferdinand – Director of Football at QPR
He’s calling on the Newcastle fans to give the lads that extra support in these last vital eight games of the season so we win the Championship – not only get an automatic promotion spot.
This is what Les said when asked if he thinks Newcastle will win the Championship – as reported in the Chronicle:
“Yeah I do. I’m telling you now, if they were to get behind the team at home the way these fans can, you would be land-sliding at home every week,”
“I understand Newcastle’s away form is much better than their home form so far this season.”
“As much as those supporters were fantastic when I was here and I know how great they can be, I felt the anxiety in the crowd on that night when QPR drew 2-2 on February 1.”
“And trust me, when you’re a player and there is anxiety in that crowd, you feel it on the pitch.”
“I felt it as a player when I was here and we were trying to win the league – all of a sudden things started to go wrong and there was a little bit of anxiety.”
“What the fans are, and I go anywhere and say it – you’ve got the best supporters in the land.”
“Football has changed in that respect, not just at Newcastle, but elsewhere, too.” “Football fans and atmospheres have changed in general.”
“But when they get behind the team they are the best.”
“I’m telling you now, if they were to get behind that team at home the way that these supporters can get behind a team, you would be land-sliding it at home every week.”
There are two upcoming home games we are a little nervous about.
Wigan tomorrow and then Burton Albion on Wednesday night and both sides are in the bottom four in the league.
We must get 6 points from those two games and if we don’t then it could show a crack in Newcastle’s ability to get automatic promotion.
We need wins, wins and then more wins – and as quickly as possible.
It’s really that simple.
Howay The Lads!!