But he told the Sunday Sun: "It was a dream start. It has hurt me over the years since I left that every question that is asked to me is always a negative one about Newcastle.
"I am always trying to say positive things about Newcastle - because that's what I thought about my time up there.
"A lot of negativity came out and the bandwagon rolled on.
"Whenever I say anything decent nobody wants to write it.
"So I mean it when I say it was an enjoyable time for me.
"From the first minute I arrived with the amount of people that were there to greet me when I signed, it was fantastic. It was unbelievable.
"I got off to a great start in that sense."