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.

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.

A portrait of Mark Lawrenson Newcastle's defensive coach

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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.

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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

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