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.”