It's basically him publicly telling Ashley to get him new players.
Yes, but why? I can see the fans turning against him harder for that. If he wants new players then he can speak to Ashley himself man to man, not bury his players after the match. If Ashley is saying no then that's between those at Newcastle United and not for the press. If his players aren't good enough then I can see thinking that then he picked them, and he's been there long enough to oversee what players will make his team or not, so why are they so bad? I just can't see any reason why he said that and would expect people not to be unimpressed by it. There are things for the dressing room, the boardroom and the training ground, and things for the press. If my manager spoke of me like that I would quickly and completely lose faith in myself. It's not a matter of proving him wrong, it's a matter of feeling let down by an under pressure manager.
An under pressure manager that has his contract to fall back on.