Former Newcastle United legend Malcolm Macdonald lashed out at agents for damaging the team spirit in the talented and now high aspiring Magpies squad.
Toon boss Alan Pardew blasted agents for distracting some of his players after United’s disappointing draw with Aston Villa, when several top stars looked to be off the pace in front of the home faithful.
Former No 9 SuperMac believes the Newcastle manager must get his squad refocused if they are to repeat last season’s success.
He wrote in a local newspaper: “It seems that certain Newcastle players who helped fashion a fifth-top finish last season have been targeted for unsettling promises which never materialised.
“They have been left bemused and, it would seem, on a downer. Certainly it showed in the body language of some against Aston Villa.
“Well, if I was in United’s boardroom I would move Heaven and Earth to get confirmation of which agents were at fault and report them to football’s hierarchy.
“It is an absolute disgrace to unsettle footballers in this way. United have been left to pick up the pieces and it could cost them.”
Players that were involved in huge speculation of deadline moves were Yohan Cabaye and Cheik Tiote with clubs as big as Barcelona looking to launch a late bid for the Frenchman.
Tiote was seen by many Premier League pundits to be an ideal replacement for Alex Song when after his departure to European Giants Barcelona.
15 million was seen as the valuation of the tireless midfieider how the United claimed that they received no offers for the Ivory Coast International.
This is what outraged Macdonald as he believed agents continued to distract players right to the deadline in order to try and make some fast cash in a crunch time deal.
However, luckily for all Toon Army fans the superstars from last season’s triumph decided that they were happy on Tyneside and have further committed to the aim of succeeding on the European stage.