Garry Monk: "I don't like seeing the agenda in the televised game at Stoke the other night.
"Every time there was a bad mistake or some sort of attack against Newcastle they'd pan to the manager and the chairman.
"It was a bit of a farce for me and I thought there was an agenda behind it.
"But Alan's an experienced manager, he's in a difficult moment and he's been through the mill but he's a very good manager.
"I know it's the first time he's been through this sort of thing but I think they'll be fine.
"He's got a very talented squad of players and it's a case of pulling together as quickly as possible and move on.
"You have sympathy with all managers in those situations but with the players they have they'll fight and scrap for every point and I think they'll do well this season."