Date: 23rd March 2021 at 6:10pm
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A lot of Newcastle United fans have flocked to a post from journalist Mark Douglas, which contains a link to an article on The Chronicle’s website about Ciaran Clark

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From here, they have quotes made by the 31-year-old to the Press Association about the Toon’s abject defeat to Brighton & Hove Albion.

Clark admitted that the Newcastle players were “gutted” after the defeat to and claimed that they “weren’t up for it” (PA via The Chronicle).

This has drawn the attention of these Newcastle fans who are concerned.

Outrageous. Why weren’t they up for it?!?!”

@ToonMouthTyne

The is the most inexcusable thing play badly and lose that happens To not be “up for it” is unprofessional and insulting to the supporters”

@robc112

On thousands per week, absolutely disgraceful to come out with this statement and had the cheek to imply the football in the preceding weeks was better !”

@caomhanach

Do you think this is worrying?

Yes, the players have given up

Yes, the players have given up

No, it was just a bad day

No, it was just a bad day

After the match, it was revealed that Mike Ashley decided to stick by Steve Bruce and not sack him, which reportedly left some players pretty stunned, and they requested a meeting with Lee Charnley.

It then emerged that in preparation for the Toon’s match following the against Tottenham Hotspur, Bruce has given his players six days off.

This post continued to draw in many Toon fans.

Alarming”

@Cosseycj

That’s damning that, mind”

@DeanDodds2

That should send panic raging through Ashley, Bruce et al, but you just know it won’t.”

@who_knows_where

Newcastle are in deep relegation trouble and have won just two games since the 12th of December, and now it seems as if the players weren’t even motivated to play in that game against Brighton, so we can see why these Newcastle fans are so concerned.