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Newcastle United’s stand-in manager ‘convinced’ that fans will get behind the team: Is he right?

With Gus Poyet rejecting talk that he’s about to become Kevin Keegan’s replacement, the club appear to be no closer to appointing a new manager at St James’ Park. Indeed, it seems nailed-on that caretaker boss Richard Money will be picking the team for the visit of Hull on Saturday, and he’s expecting the eleven players selected to get a warm reception.

The Daily Telegraph report that the ex-Walsall gaffer has rejected talk that there is player unrest on Tyneside, claiming that there is plenty of evidence that a positive mental attitude is being adopted. But will the fans hold back from making their feelings known? Perhaps it’s just going to be Mike Ashley and Dennis Wise that take the brunt of the criticism?

“I’m convinced that the supporters will be behind the team on Saturday and it is so important that they are,” Money said.

“I think that at the end of the day the supporters love their football club and I am totally comfortable that they will get behind the team on Saturday. This football club needs the supporters and the team to be as one, there is no doubt about that.

“What we have to remember is that they are professional people – we have got a lot of experienced players and their attitude in training has been absolutely exemplary.

“The players not on international duty have been extremely bright in training over the last few days and their attitude has been nothing short of first class. I can’t stress that enough. This is an important game for this football club and we can’t afford to lose sight of that.”

Indeed, Newcastle couldn’t have an easier match this coming weekend, although there is sure to be a strange atmosphere at St James’ Park for the first Newcastle home match since Keegan quit as manager for the second time. Will there be angry chants towards the club’s hierarchy and will it have an influence on the players?

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