Spirit at Newcastle still high

The former Liverpool midfielder has admitted that their on field form is directing attention away from problems over the proposed takeover of the club.

He told the Daily Express: “It seems a funny thing given everything that has happened but this is probably the happiest I’ve been at Newcastle United. It’s always a happy place when a team is winning and that is what we’re doing at the moment.

“I know things have not been ideal, but the dressing room has a completely different atmosphere to last year. We’ve all pulled together and it’s a good place to be.

“From day one the players have said we can’t do anything about what is happening upstairs in the boardroom. We have pulled close together as a group and that has shown on the pitch.

“We have found strength in adversity as a club and the fans have been brilliant. They have made it really tough for sides to come up here and they have turned up in their thousands. It’s definitely had a big impact on the players.”