Newcastle United legend and record Premier League goalscorer, Alan Shearer has leapt to the defence of the club's fans on BBC Five Live.

Asked whether he felt the takeover - led by Amanda Staveley and backed by the Saudi PiF - would bring immediate success Shearer said that it wouldn't, however he did feel that fans recognised that: "it will immediately bring fans back onside and bring the feel-good factor in and around the football club.

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"Don’t listen to people who have been telling you about Newcastle fans and how much they want and demand. They don’t. They just want hope. They want to go and see their team hoping that they’ll improve. Hoping that they go out and put on a performance. Hoping that they’ll go after a cup competition. That’s all they want.

"I think we all understand it’s going to take time. When you look at other examples like Chelsea or Manchester City it has taken time but I think brighter times are ahead for Newcastle and Newcastle fans.”

Also on the show, ex-Everton midfielder Leon Osman cautioned against the presumption that Newcastle will find themselves in a similar situation to Chelsea or City saying: "It’s not a given that this money leads to success. Everton came into money a few seasons ago and it hasn’t really led them anywhere stronger than they were before that money arrived so it’s not a given that you can suddenly buy success and become a Manchester City or a Chelsea.

"You have to be clever, you have to do it properly. You have to build slowly, I feel. You have to realise that there will be stepping stones on the way. With all respect to Steve Bruce, I’d be very surprised if he was the manager to take them there and I don’t think the next manager will be either. I think there’s going to be stepping stones along the way.

"The players that they bring in in the next 18 months probably won’t be the ones to bring them success either but there’s excitement and enthusiasm over the future."

As Shearer has pointed out though, the excitement and enthusiasm over the future seems to be key for Newcastle fans, rather than a guarantee over success. Magpies fans just want to see their team competing once again, rather than just surviving.

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