Newcastle United legend Alan Shearer says the players cannot use the potential takeover of the club as an excuse for their bad performances on the pitch.
The Magpies suffered a 3-0 defeat at the hands of Watford in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon and have now lost their last four matches.
British businesswomen Amanda Staveley has been in talks with club owner Mike Ashley over a potential takeover for the past few weeks, with her latest bid reported to be around £300m.
However, Match of the Day pundit Shearer insists that the players cannot get distracted by or hide behind the reports, amid a series of bad results and performances on the pitch.
“The players can’t use that as an excuse. The takeover has got nothing to do with them whatsoever,” Shearer said on Match of the Day last night (25/11, 10:20pm).
“They’ve got to go out and do the business and perform a hell of a lot better than they did today.”
He insisted that the current group of players are not good enough and that a takeover would benefit manager Rafa Benitez so that he can improve the squad when the transfer window opens in January.
“But for Rafa’s situation he needs the takeover to happen quickly because he needs new players in January,” said Shearer.
On the pitch, four successive Premier League defeats has seen the club fall to 13th place in the table.
They club face managerless West Brom in their next Premier League game before a challenging run of fixtures over the festive period, which includes games against Chelsea, Arsenal and leaders Manchester City in the month of the December.
In other Newcastle United news, Shearer also had this to say on the team’s latest Premier League defeat against Watford.