Graeme Souness: "If you haven’t got players willing to work hard, you’ve got nothing.
"If you’ve got really good players and they’re willing to work hard you’re going to win more games than you lose – but if you’ve got decent players not working hard you’re not going to win any games.
Graeme Souness in his Toon days
"With the best will in the world, these are goodish players and they have to put a real stint in for their manager.
"But Harry will go home tonight and not sleep. He’ll be tearing his hair out. As a manager you think ‘I’m guaranteed everyone will have a real go’, especially if you’re down near the bottom. He’s not getting that off these players.
"Put a stint in for your manager. That manager is going home to suffer, have a sleepless night, be miserable around his family and he’s going to wake up tomorrow feeling even worse than he does tonight, thinking ‘how am I going to put this right’.
“These players have a duty to their manager, a duty to the club and a duty to the supporters to give them a bit more than they’ve given them today.
"After losing the first goal none of them showed any sparkle to get themselves back into the game. They just threw the towel in as though they’re feeling sorry for themselves.
"That’s why management drives you mad. That’s so disappointing for Harry."