“I’m just thinking, ‘Steve, what do you gain, how can you ever win them over?’. I just don’t see a path for him to change this football club.
“The massive challenge at Newcastle is to unite everybody, but you cannot unite that club – it’s impossible.
“Because I know him and consider him a friend, if I saw him I’d tell him, ‘Steve, I’d love it if you’d walk away’, because he’s going to lose a lot.
“I don’t want to see him suffer and be suffocated by what’s happening. He’s trying to find something, but it’s not working.”