Former Newcastle United star Andy Cole has urged fans to understand the culture shock that hits new players arriving on Tyneside.
Cole told the Evening Chronicle: â€śAt the end of the day I was just a normal boy who came up from the south.
â€śBeing young, I found it difficult to handle.
â€śI wanted to do very well for the team, but the city breathes football and that is the only thing people want to talk about, which is fine.
â€śBut itâ€™s a shock when you arenâ€™t used to it.
â€śIn most places people want to chill after football but Newcastle was special and thatâ€™s just the way the Geordies are.â€ť
Cole added: â€śThe Toon Army were brilliant then and they still are now.
â€śRegardless of what people have said about me since, I had a brilliant time at Newcastle.
â€śAnd Iâ€™ll never forget my time at the club â€“ the fans were always first class with me.â€ť