Jonathan Woodgate caused a bit of a stir with Toon fans over his comments that Middlesbrough’s recent history is better than Newcastle’s when speaking to the Hartlepool Mail.

He referenced Boro’s League Cup win and their UEFA Cup Final defeat, both of which came in 2004 and 2006 respectively, so what he considers recent, is anyone’s guess.

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It was a bizarre claim, and one which does not stand up, particularly over the last decade or so, as we showed in a previous article.

His comments sound like those of a manager who has endured a torrid start to his inaugural role, and one desperate to ensure the Boro’ faithful stay on his side.

If his intent was to deflect from his side’s current plight, the Newcastle fans who have taken to social media to respond, have been quick to remind him of his precarious position.

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Boro’ currently sit 18th in the Championship, with just one win so far this season, and are just two points above the relegation zone.

They were dumped out of the EFL Cup, losing at home to League Two side, Crewe Alexandra, in a penalty shootout, and only got that far thanks to an injury time equaliser, having been 0-2 behind.

You expect better from a former player like Woodgate

I have a lot of time for Woodgate, who was brilliant – when fit – for Newcastle during his spell on Tyneside, but ridiculous comments, which were nothing to do with the questions being asked come across as pathetic.

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To try to use a rival – and one that the majority of Newcastle fans see as an insignificant one at that – to try to win favour with his own fans, are not the type of comments you would expect from a former player.

Newcastle fans were equally irked and bemused by his rant, as you can see from the following Tweets:

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