Here are a few quotes from some key members of the squad on the announcement of Steve Bruce as the new Newcastle United Head Coach.
This is a small quote from Matt Ritchie but one that has cause a bit of controversy to say the least. What is he supposed to say? Remember, Matt Ritchie never does anything in half measure. It is always to the extreme. So that can explain his enthusiasm just a little.
“Bruce has been in the game for a long time and played and managed at a high level so I’m sure he’ll be fantastic for the club. A really exciting season is in prospect.”
Federico Fernandez gives a more measured response while referencing the poor performance in the match today. He also mentions the situation from the fans perspective.
“Of course, the new manager is coming. We’re looking forward to working with him, a man with great experience.
“Ben has given us a fantastic two weeks. This was not the best experience, but now we’re thinking positive, and looking forward to working with him.
“I understand the fans and the situation, but, for us, we want to work and be better as a team, try to work hard – to be ready for the new season.
“We want to show the fans and everyone we can compete. Of course, fans maybe want a different manager or players, but we need to work hard to show we are ready for the Premier League.”
Jamaal Lascelles has called for unity as the captain should. It’s time for the squad to kick on now. In their minds, they can do nothing about the owner situation and must press on despite the negativity surrounding Steve Bruce.
“We’re all looking forward to it. We’ve been waiting for him to come in, now it’s confirmed we’re looking forward to it.
“He’s a well known manager who has done well in the Premier League and the Championship.
“Now manager’s coming in, we’re looking forward.
“Most clubs are pretty settled by pre-season, unfortunately it didn’t happen but it’s not the end of the world.
“It’s important everyone gets behind Steve Bruce. We’ve got to stick together. It’s the best thing we can do, we can’t be pointing the finger and having a go.”