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Kinnear: Newcastle fans don't understand what's going on

Newcastle United boss Joe Kinnear says the fans who turned on him on Saturday do not understand what is happening inside the club.

"I understand how the fans feel, they've been phenomenal since I came," he said. "The fans are crying out for success, and I'm not trying to hide from that. They want to see Newcastle do well and, in the second half, we disappointed them.

"They're going to vent their anger and, nine times out of 10, it's the manager that gets it. I suppose previous managers have had the same treatment, but I feel for them and understand where it comes from.

"They don't know the ins and outs of what's happening at the club, and they don't know just how tough it is. They might be chanting for their favourite player (Gutiérrez) but they have to understand he hasn't trained this week.

"The sad thing - and I'm going to hate saying it - is that being out of the (FA) Cup might be a blessing in disguise. I know we should have annihilated Hull (in last week's third-round replay, which they lost 1-0), but it'll give us two or three weeks to get players back."

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