HARTLEPOOL United legend Joe Allon has called on struggling Pools to take inspiration from Newcastle’s upturn in fortunes this season.
Earlier in the campaign Alan Pardew’s side were languishing in the Premier League relegation zone but five wins on the spin lifted them up to fifth in the table.
The form has levelled out since but the Magpies are still eighth in the top flight.
Allon, who played up front for both Pools and Newcastle during his career, has called on the current side to be inspired from Newcastle’s run of form.
Pools are bottom of the Football League and six points adrift of second-bottom Carlisle United.
The 48-year-old, who scored an impressive 86 goals in 205 starts across two spells for Pools, told SportMail: “The players should look at what has happened further up the road at Newcastle this season and be inspired by that.
“Before the Leicester City game, Newcastle were looking very poor, a relegation threatened side.
“Yet look at what they have done since.
“They have stuck together, got six wins on the spin in all competitions and all of a sudden people were talking about them getting into Europe.
“It would be great if the Pools lads could do something similar as a group.”
There is a lot of unrest between Pools supporters and the club at present but Allon says the fans are the “club’s 12th man”.
Allon added: “It could be quite easy for Hartlepool people to go and support Newcastle, Middlesbrough or Sunderland - if they are really struggling.
“But they stick with Hartlepool and that is the hardcore.
“There are a lot of people affected by what is going on.
“Lets worry about the politics when we get into a safer position because it is a matter of crisis at the minute,” added the 1991 Pools promotion hero.
* Hartlepool United’s Boxing Day match at Mansfield Town has been made all-ticket.
The club has received an initial allocation of 400 tickets, which are now on sale, and there will be no tickets available on the day of the game.
Tickets are on sale until 5.30pm on Saturday, December 20.
Adult tickets are £20, over 60s £15, students £15, juniors (7-17) £10 and under 6s are free. Disabled (no carer) £15.