Barton hits out at Toon fans
Barton has been “shocked” by the behaviour of Magpies supporters – especially their treatment of manager Sam Allardyce.
“I have not yet seen the famous crowd I was expecting to hear get behind us,” said Barton.
“Unless there’s a massive change, it’s going to be the same for this manager, the next manager and whoever comes in after that,” he predicted.
“Sam’s a good manager. He’s getting the brunt of the criticism but doesn’t deserve it. Not many managers can turn a club round in five minutes.”