Former Newcastle United star Andy Cole admits he's baffled by the decision-making at his old club.

The Manchester United legend says he can understand the Toon Army's frustration.

"They seem to get themselves on the right track and all of a sudden someone here derails them," said Cole. "The punters were fairly happy a couple of years ago, the team were moving in the right direction and then decisions are made at the top which throw a spanner in the works.

"It's almost as if somebody running the club wants to upset the punters and I find that very strange. If you keep the punters on board here, it's half the battle. If you upset them, they're going to eventually vote with their feet because there is only so much they can take."

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