Ferguson caused outrage among the Toon Army when he described Newcastle as a
"wee club in the North East" during his recent spat with Alan Pardew.
But he told the Mail on Sunday: "It was never my intention to belittle
"I want to clear up any misunderstanding that may have arisen over what I
said. I have nothing but the highest regard for Newcastle fans and I always
"They are up there with the best supporters in the game.
"Their passion, commitment and fervour have never wavered, even though they
have had little to celebrate.