NEWCASTLE United legend Alan Shearer says Fabricio Coloccini should NOT have written an open letter to fans asking them to back the team.
Coloccini penned a missive to supporters in the wake of the club’s eighth successive defeat last weekend.
I was surprised that Coloccini had written a letter to the fans asking them to stick with the team. If there is one thing that is pretty much guaranteed at Newcastle, it’s that the fans will turn up and support.Alan Shearer
The 3-0 loss to Leicester City edged Newcastle closer to the Premier League’s relegation zone.
Coloccini apologised to fans for the team’s dismal form – and pleaded with them to get behind John Carver’s side for the final three games of the season.
Shearer – who was in charge the last time United were relegated in 2009 – has questioned the message in Coloccini’s letter.
“I was surprised that Coloccini had written a letter to the fans asking them to stick with the team,” the club’s all-time record goalscorer told the BBC’s Football Focus programme.
“If there is one thing that is pretty much guaranteed at Newcastle, it’s that the fans will turn up and support.
“Despite there being protests and fans not turning up for specific games, there has always been 46,000-plus there.
“So for a player to come out and ask the fans to still support them, I was a bit taken aback and disappointed in that.
“First and foremost, the players have got to give the fans something to shout about.
“That has to come first, and for a long time the fans haven’t had anything to shout about.”