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MetiNews.Com - Newcastle United legend Warren Barton has stuck up for Newcastle United fans in light of some pundits' criticism
Breaking News ! Newcastle United and pundits have always had a rocky relationship with fans often labelled 'demanding' and told to be 'careful what you wish for' after criticising head coach Steve Bruce or the ownership of Mike Ashley. After defeats, national radio phone-ins are often clogged up with irate fans who are told they 'expect too much' and there's often an 'Entertainers' link thrown in for good measure too. For Toon legend Warren Barton, it's frustrating to see. Now living in San Diego, Barton still addresses Newcastle United as 'we' and speaks of the club like he was living a stone's throw away from the Gallowgate. The 51-year-old - who joined us on The Everything is Black and White Podcast recently - has defended fans in the light of criticism from some pundits, and warns some behind the radio and television microphones, that they just 'don't get it' when it comes to Newcastle. Read More Related Articles Newcastle United Supporters Trust warn club officials they are 'sleepwalking to relegation' "You get these so-called pundits," he told EIBW host Andrew Musgrove, "and they say this and that about the club but they just don't get it! "How can you say someone is doing a good job but you feel the opposition is going to beat their side? "There's no logic there! Pundits ask 'what do the fans want?' "They want the club to be ambitious. "What do you think they want? It's not rocket science. "They want a team who goes out and competes not one that sits there and drains the living daylight out of you. "It's so frustrating. "It's mindblowing - I had someone here tell me that the criticism of Steve Bruce was 'unfair.' "Unfair? Of course he's getting stick because his team are losing, playing poorly and playing negative football - how is that unfair? That is what the job entails. "When you're a manager of a football club you're in charge of entertaining, so how is it unfair if the fans are disillusioned? They are the best fans in the world. "They just don't understand their team going out not looking to win a game against the team which hasn't won a game all season. "That is what's mindblowing." Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will auto-play soon8Cancel Play now Head coach Steve Bruce has seen pressure increase after his side lost 1-0 to bottom of the league Sheffield United earlier this week.
. That now means United have gone eight games in all competition without a win and it's a far cry from the optimism from earlier in the year when the hope of a takeover being complete ahead of this season was very real. Barton admits the fact the takeover didn't happen has been tough. "The reason it is [so draining] is that we all know how close we are [to something special]. "We can all sense it, if it was a new owner and a new manager... this club doesn't need restructuring because it has the fan base and identity, it has everything going for it. "That is why it is so frustrating. "If you think it is a club that needs to rebuilt - it doesn't because I know if someone walked in and changed it quickly, that place would be rocking. Listen to the full episode with Warren Barton by clicking here "It would be a nightmare for the opposition to come and play against them, you would make it that, you would make intimidating and not a place they'd want to visit. "Fans would be at the stadium two hours before not giving their tickets away because they don't want to go - they'd be in the pub across the road getting ready to rock and roll before kick-off. "That is what Newcastle is. It is not a normal place, it is a special place. "People need to realise that. "
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