Newcastle fans have taken to Twitter to react after Mark Lawrenson commented on the St James’ Park faithful’s ambitions during Match of the Day.
“They’re never happy, they want to win the champions league”
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— GallowgateShots #NUFC (@GallowgateShots) November 7, 2020
The Magpies’ former defensive coach, who by his own admission admitted to doing ‘nothing’ during his time in the role, said that Newcastle supporters are never happy and want to be in the Champions League.
The Chronicle quote him as saying on the Quickly Kevin podcast: ‘I did absolutely nothing. Honestly I did absolutely nothing but my CV looks great because we finished second and got into the Champions League.’
Lawrenson also gave his backing to Steve Bruce, who he believes is a good manager.
Understandably, the Magpies supporters on Twitter aren’t too happy with these comments, as they are quite simply misguided.
Newcastle fans, presumably, do hold aspirations of returning to the Champions League – there’s nothing wrong with that if they do.
However, the reason behind the supporters’ unhappiness is the lack of ambition shown under Bruce.
Newcastle had just 39.3% of the ball in Friday’s defeat to Southampton, and also just four shots to the Saints’ 15 efforts at St Mary’s according to WhoScored.
In total this season, WhoScored shows that Bruce’s men average the fewest shots per game in the Premier League with just eight efforts every 90 minutes.
Additionally, the ex-Sunderland boss’ side average the fourth-lowest amount of possession per game, with just 43% of the ball.
Let’s see what the Newcastle fans on Twitter thought of Lawrenson’s comments…
Newcastle fans react to Mark Lawrenson’s comments on Match of the Day
Does @mrdanwalker not think he should be challenging that nonsense? Maybe show some of the stats that prove Steve Bruce is definitely not a good manager, too.
— Kris (@Kris_Newcastle) November 7, 2020
Says a bitter ex employee of #nufc come on @BBCSport a bit more of a balanced view surely needed by your pundits? Oh & just a note when he was our defence coach we had the worst defenceive record we’d had for years. #perspective
— Chris Currie (@Wig82) November 7, 2020
Mad that people are still coming out with this clichéd dross. Even more mad that people like Mark and Steve are still seen as employable.
— Josh (@NotSoLocalHero) November 7, 2020
How are they able to spout this nonsense without being challenged? People actually believe this as well
— DaveC1992 (@DaveC1992) November 7, 2020
I’ve never heard any NUFC fan say that and nor has Lawrenson. He needs to look at Bruce’s record and all the clubs he’s been at – not one of them would have him back, that is the reality.
— John Doyle (@Jdoyle67John) November 7, 2020
This is such a lazy statement. Why is ambition mocked for our club but lauded amd expected at others? Put some effort into it.
— ohio toon (@OhioToon) November 7, 2020