Newcastle United skipper Jamaal Lascelles has been doing some speaking today as the club prepare for the preseason trip to China tomorrow.
The club released some comments from Jamaal earlier today on twitter.
? Newcastle United captain Jamaal Lascelles has been speaking ahead of the Magpies' trip to China after United's playing squad was announced for the 2019 @premierleague Asia Trophy.
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) July 12, 2019
There’s not much there but it’s good to hear from the captain for the first time since he tweeted his gratitude to Rafa Benitez on that dreaded Monday.
Jamaal has added a little more on his Twitter account as he has just tweeted the following.
— Jamaal Lascelles (@Lascelles16) July 12, 2019
This is excellent from Jamaal who will be concerned as to the direction this club is headed.
He was handed the captain’s armband by Rafa three years when he was just 22 years old.
He also was one of the few players to show fight and determination during the horrific tenure under Steve McClaren. His leadership at that time would have done a lot to cement his captaincy when Rafa came to try and save the club.
Lascelles will be a pivotal figure at the club to try to steady the ship and get the squad to focus on the season ahead.
Even though it would further delay any transfer activity and most likely leave the games in China to be managed by Neil Redfearn and Ben Dawson, we hope that the talks with Steve Bruce stall and ultimately fail. We just do not feel like he is right for the club at this time.
According to Sky Sports, he is not even close to be Ashley’s top choice and with other names available for free we have to hope that another manager is appointed.
This is what Keith Downie writes on the manager search:
Mike Ashley originally wanted a bigger name. We know Steven Gerrard, Patrick Vieira, Roberto Martinez, Mikel Arteta and Sam Allardyce were all approached, but they either distanced themselves from the position or were dissuaded from taking it, so Ashley had to work his way down his list.
We would even prefer Garry Monk to Steve Bruce to be honest. He is at least young and with the right transfers may be able to play some decent football.
Though his recent history has been less than encouraging.
Of course, we would ultimately prefer a manager like Rudi Garcia or Laurent Blanc but that is just not going to happen.