FORMER Newcastle United striker Craig Bellamy has criticised the expectations of the club’s supporters.
Bellamy, who played for United between 2001 and 2005, believes Newcastle fans think their club should be as big as the likes of Liverpool and Manchester United.
The Welshman was part of the Magpies team which twice qualified for the Champions League, before being criticised in some quarters for finishing fifth in the 2003-04 campaign.
He has warned the Newcastle fans that they will “always be on the outskirts” of the top clubs in the Premier League, and has suggested the supporters’ expectations are unrealistic.
Bellamy told Sky Sports: “I remember finishing fifth up there (in Newcastle) and that wasn’t good enough.
“It’s a great place to be if you’re winning but they (Newcastle supporters) always expect more.
“I have a lot of respect for Newcastle.
“It’s a great club to play for but they have this idea that they should be bigger than Liverpool or just as big as Liverpool or Manchester United – they aren’t.
“For they will always be on the outskirts of that.”