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Carragher caused quite the stir amongst Newcastle fans with his comments.

Jamie Carragher angers Newcastle United fans after stadium dig

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Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher triggered a twitter outburst from Newcastle United fans after referencing the short lived name change of St James' Park back in 2011. 

The former Liverpool and England defender said: “You look at the result last night and the crowd they got at St James’ Park – or whatever it’s called these days.

“They have gone so long without winning a trophy.”

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Numerous Magpie fans hit back at Carragher over Twitter, prompting the 38-year-old to issue an apology on the social media site as he tweeted in response to one of the messages aimed at him.

He posted: “I quite like you that’s why I highlighted the attendance last night!

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"Apologies to all my new Geordie friends on twitter about SJP!!” 

Owner Mike Ashley was behind the brief renaming of the stadium in 2011 in order to promote sponsorship opportunities, but the decision to change the name to the Sports Direct Arena was met with utter disgust by fans. 

Their pain was, however, short lived as a partnership struck up with Wonga.com in 2012 saw the original St James' Park name reinstated.

You can see the original tweet sent to Carragher by a disgruntled Magpie, and the pundit's reply, below.

Carragher even backed Newcastle fans during some of the controversial times under Mike Ashley, particular when groups of fans boycotted a game against Tottenham Hotspur.

Many commentators and media members had slated the fans for not showing up, but Carragher sympathised with their plight, and said on Sky Sports at the time: “People will say as supporters you’ve got to come back, you’ve got to get behind your team. But what are the owners doing for supporters?

“Since Mike Ashley’s been here they’ve been relegated once, they could be relegated once again, and I’m sure under Alan Pardew they come close once before.”

Despite defending Newcastle, and apologising for his comments, a lot of Newcastle fans were not impressed with his comments regarding the stadium.

Newcastle beat Preston North End 6-0 on the night to advance to the last eight of the EFL Cup, where they will face Hull City away. 

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