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Keith Gillespie blasts Newcastle’s misfiring squad – and says ‘major overhaul’ is needed

BLAST ... Keith Gillespie.
BLAST ... Keith Gillespie.

KEITH Gillespie has hit out at Newcastle United’s under-performing players – and said he feels the club need a ‘major overhaul’ in the summer.

Gillespie – who played for Newcastle between 1995 and 1998 – has watched with frustration over recent weeks, with John Carver’s side having lost eight games in a row to slip into a relegation battle.

The Northern Irishman has blasted suggestions the club is being used as a stepping stone, while he does not believe Mike Williamson was deliberately sent off in the defeat at Leicester on Saturday.

Gillespie, though, does not feel many of the current squad understand what it means to represent Newcastle.

He tweeted: “There was no intention by Williamson to get sent off. I was accused of that at Sheffield United which was rubbish. Heat of the moment.

“All sorts of pressures coming from all directions at Newcastle at the moment. Sadly most of it self inflicted. Crazy position to be in!!!

“Avoid relegation. Major overhaul from top to bottom and only bring in players that understand what it means to wear the Newcastle shirt!!

“A lot of the modern day players have too high opinion of themselves. When I went to Newcastle I understood what it meant to wear the shirt.

“A lot of the foreign imports look upon clubs like Newcastle as a stepping stone to greater things. Absolute rubbish attitude. Better out.

“If it is the case that the owners (and) management at Newcastle bring players in on a stepping stone basis then that would be insane! Surely not!!

“My attitude would be prove your good enough to play for Newcastle, never mind Barca and the rest!”