Les Ferdinand: If Newcastle fans were to get behind the team and stop anxiety, they would win by landslide every home game

The Magpies faithful have a massive part to play in getting Newcastle’s promotion push over the line.

That’s the view of former United goalscoring hero Les Ferdinand.

Les Ferdinand

Les Ferdinand

Ferdinand, who spent two goal-laden years at St James’s Park in the mid 1990s, is certain Rafa Benitez’s men will finish the job and return to the Premier League at the first time of asking.

But he thinks if the players need that final push, with just eight games to go this campaign, the crowd can make all the difference, as they did in his day.

In fact, Ferdinand, in an interview with Football Matters, even goes as far to say that he thinks the crowd as St James’s Park, where five of United’s final eight games will take place, is the best in the country.

When asked whether he thinks Newcastle will win the title, Ferdinand, now director of football at second tier QPR, said: “Yeah I do.

I’m telling you now, if they were to get behind the team at home the way these fans can, you would be land-sliding at home every week

“I understand Newcastle’s away form is much better than their home form so far this season.

“As much as those supporters were fantastic when I was here and I know how great they can be, I felt the anxiety in the crowd on that night (when QPR drew 2-2 at SJP on February 1).

“And trust me, when you’re a player and there is anxiety in that crowd, you feel it on the pitch.

“I felt it as a player when I was here and we were trying to win the league.

“All of a sudden things started to go wrong and there was a little bit of anxiety.

“What the fans are, and I go anywhere and say it - you’ve got the best supporters in the land.

“Football has changed in that respect, not just at Newcastle, but elsewhere, too.

“Football fans and atmospheres have changed in general.

“But when they get behind the team they are the best.

“I’m telling you now, if they were to get behind that team at home the way that these supporters can get behind a team, you would be land-sliding it at home every week.”