Eddie Howe reveals what Newcastle United's owners are 'always thinking' after St James' Park atmosphere dig

Eddie Howe was asked about Newcastle United co-owners Mehrdad Ghodoussi & Jamie Reuben's dig at the St James' Park atmosphere.
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Eddie Howe praised Newcastle United's "incredible" fans, less than a few days after co-owners Mehrdad Ghodoussi & Jamie Reuben criticised the St James' Park atmosphere.

Ghodoussi issued a rallying call after the 4-1 Premier League victory over Chelsea on Saturday evening by urging supporters "to be louder" and be the "12th-man".

Reuben later replied: "what a team and yes we need to match the intensity of the players with our support".

Newcastle United co-owner Mehrdad Ghodoussi. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)Newcastle United co-owner Mehrdad Ghodoussi. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
Newcastle United co-owner Mehrdad Ghodoussi. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The pair's interaction angered sections of the Magpies' fanbase, with a number of users pointing towards the ticketing issues and the delay in getting into the stadium.

Given the outrage caused, Amanda Staveley appeared to try and defuse the situation by issuing her own take via her official Instagram account.

Staveley wrote: “What an amazing game! So proud of the whole team who worked so hard today. The atmosphere was amazing and we are so lucky to know our 'twelfth man' is always our fans."

And now Howe has responded to the co-owners' comments after he was asked about it during Monday's press conference ahead of this evening's Champions League clash against Paris Saint-Germain.

The 45-year-old said: "I think the supporters have been incredible home and away. The Chelsea game, when we scored the goals, was as good as it has been.

"The owners are always thinking of the club and the team. Since I have come through the door they have been as magnificent as the team. Together we are a strong team."

Staveley and Ghodoussi are expected to make the trip to Paris to watch Howe's side from the Parc des Princes' directors' box.