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What The Squad Is Saying About The Appointment Of Steve Bruce



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.”


159 comments so far

  • geordie157

    Jul 17, 2019 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #81

    Can see Andy Carroll coming back, 1 yr deal. Option off the bench i guess.

    Anyway back to seeing who Gateshead have signed………

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  • jon

    Jul 17, 2019 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #82

    And I thought it was toxic yesterday…. Jeez, tuberculosis spouting off again, debacle in China, & a “coach”!?! Haha.

    Different watering hole today, think it’s going to take more than 2 pre sale celebratory pints to get the taste out of my mouth this time!

    🙂

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  • Jib

    Jul 17, 2019 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #83

    davis toons
    he didn’t walk away

    On 2 October 2018, Villa surrendered a two-goal lead, drawing 3–3 at home to bottom club Preston North End. One spectator threw a cabbage at Bruce and there were calls from home fans on the Holte End for Bruce to go. The following day, he was sacked by Villa after a poor run of form

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  • optimistic prime

    Jul 17, 2019 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #84

    Tom

    In the last 12 years its rarely looked good for us.

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  • Jib

    Jul 17, 2019 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #85

    jon
    What you had in your mouth
    😛

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  • optimistic prime

    Jul 17, 2019 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #86

    Gotta go, wish I’d had time to make a Ashley fawkes dummy to burn outside SD

    😉

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  • hibbit

    Jul 17, 2019 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #87

    outside the box

    i’d be amazed and shocked if Kennedy’s name has even been mentioned never mind have a cheeky bid for him,

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  • Toonboi4EVA

    Jul 17, 2019 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #88

    Tony…

    I take it you’ve heard the quote

    Wise men speak because they have something to say; Fools because they have to say something.

    Every man and his dog on here know which catergory you fall in, and which catergory the posters fall in which you name!

    Another jealous article you clearly are!

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  • jon

    Jul 17, 2019 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #89

    Staropramen now Jib, it’s the toxicity that needs washing away.

    😉

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  • jon

    Jul 17, 2019 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #90

    But I’m sure you know that 😉

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  • IrishRob

    Jul 17, 2019 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #91

    What they are really saying… translation….. Get me out of here!!

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  • Dubs Left Glove

    Jul 17, 2019 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #92

    Im surprised by SSN’s coverage at the turn of the hour, snippet of Chopra calling in going at fatty as well as mentions of fan protests. Hope the protest tonight is better than the day Rafa leaving was announced, esp if TV cameras are gonna pick it up.

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  • Tony Baloney

    Jul 17, 2019 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #93

    Rafa Benitez points per game in last 2 premier league seasons with NUFC = 1.17

    Steve Bruce points per game in the PL = 1.13

    Teams managed by Bruce in PL = Brum, Mackems, Wigan, Hull.

    Where are they now?

    It could be argued that Bruce was punching above his weight. IF THAT IS POSSIBLE.

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  • Jib

    Jul 17, 2019 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #94

    Jon
    😀

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  • Tony Baloney

    Jul 17, 2019 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #95

    Toonboi: never heard that. Join the queue if you want to kick me.

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  • posada

    Jul 17, 2019 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #96

    Sky News Reporter at the ground.
    News on the Newcastle budget.
    For this window it’s 50M plus Perez money, plus Joselu money plus a surplus of 11 million from last year.

    90 plus million.
    That is the absolute minimum required.

    But, don’t tell me show me.

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  • Tony Baloney

    Jul 17, 2019 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #97

    Not defending Bruce. Just pointing out a stat because others are using stats.

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  • Jib

    Jul 17, 2019 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #98

    We’ve had regular updates of the Cricket WC
    and today the game in China.
    You’d think Mr Tuff could drag himself away from
    the Ladies Netball to update us !

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  • Tony Baloney

    Jul 17, 2019 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #99

    Toonboi: are you Yoda – “another jealous article you clearly are!”?

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  • Munster Mag

    Jul 17, 2019 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #100

    Hope protest goes well lads

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  • Tony Baloney

    Jul 17, 2019 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #101

    Did you play men’s netball Jib? Just the rugby then, hopefully with ladies and propping up their tight end.

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  • geordietom

    Jul 17, 2019 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #102

    jib …

    that link you put . does it say Joelinton is coming to us ?…

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  • Jib

    Jul 17, 2019 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #103

    tight end
    is NFL
    now if you’d said
    hookers

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  • Toonboi4EVA

    Jul 17, 2019 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #104

    Tony,

    I don’t condone any form of violence, but your close.

    A point tho. If you are going to do comparisons, make sure they are fair and equal, you’ll get an answer closer to the truth that way.

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  • Jib

    Jul 17, 2019 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #105

    Tom
    looks like
    fingers crossed

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  • Toonboi4EVA

    Jul 17, 2019 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #106

    Almost as pathetic as your name!

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  • geordietom

    Jul 17, 2019 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #107

    jib …

    hope so mate watched him on you tube ( i know you tube clips ) looks like a handy player and he’s young…

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  • Tony Baloney

    Jul 17, 2019 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #108

    It was a fair comparison Toonboi. Bruce with crap teams and Rafa with NUFC. Both had no budgets. Rafa at Liverpool was at a club that usually finished top 4 with or without him.

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  • jazzyp

    Jul 17, 2019 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #109

    We gonna go from Joelinton to Austin much like we have gone from Rafa to Mrs Doubtfire

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  • jon

    Jul 17, 2019 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #110

    Betty……..Harry Hill….. you owe me some expensive (shouldn’t be) beer!

    😉

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  • Tony Baloney

    Jul 17, 2019 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #111

    Jib: you are right. I got confused with American Football. But you did play netball, right?

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  • geordietom

    Jul 17, 2019 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #112

    talking about tubes i remember on Auf Wiedershen Pet . jimmy nail in a night club with one of the lads . cant think who it was . he turned around and said to his mate . I’M GONNA GET REET UP THAT BOILERS TUBES THE NEET … never forgot it had me in kinks …

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  • toon22

    Jul 17, 2019 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #113

    So is the traitor our manager or not ?

    Tony
    o
    n
    y

    Hiya

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  • Mindshaft

    Jul 17, 2019 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #114

    Earlier someone suggested almiron as a good buy and I agree but he’s yet to score – he made space for Robson and Perez who put the ball in the net , if we get Linton ( a big if at 40 million ) we’ll have loads of space but nobody to put the ball in the net

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  • Tony Baloney

    Jul 17, 2019 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #115

    This should get funny.

    So far there is:

    Mrs. Doubtfire
    Cauliflower Heed
    Broccoli Heed
    Some sort of squashed Chinese Dumpling Heed.

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  • geordietom

    Jul 17, 2019 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #116

    Jazzy …

    Joelinton is on his way the toon as we speak mate …

    well i’m praying he is anyway …

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  • geordietom

    Jul 17, 2019 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #117

    TOON22 …

    leave it out the night will you …

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  • Chart Topping Toon

    Jul 17, 2019 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #118

    So what criteria will a promising young player need to think about before becoming a Newcastle player?
    Fans 1/5 – Used to be 5/5 but current regime has created toxic atmosphere through running the club with zero emotional intelligence, zero vision and at times seemly doing everything possible to piss off supporters.
    Ambition of club 2/5 – This score I feel is generous but since relegation will hit Ashleys pockets he might try to avoid, although current decision making suggests otherwise. no cup run, avoid relegation!
    Location 2/5 – always been a bit of a hindrance since the PL money has been ploughed into the game as poor links to london and the millionaires parts of the country.
    Development 1/5 – Very poor modern history of developing young players, most prospects seem to jump or are pushed at earliest opportunity due to poor wages, coaching or quick buck for club. Far better opportunities elsewhere.
    Wages 2/5 – Poor upper limit on wages (comparatively) but seem to overpay poor players. Every year player bonuses fail to be sorted before start of season pissing players off and causing discontent when club should be creating atmosphere of maximum performance focus.
    Manager appeal 1/5 – was 5/5 under Rafa now 1/5. No history of working with top players, known for being disloyal to most clubs he’s managed, awful PL record, nobody will have heard of him outside of uk. Pulling power = 0. But he’s a geordie! 🙁
    Facilities 2/5 – needed new academy, training and medical facilities over 10 years ago, no value placed towards large or marginal gains for performance development.
    Media exposure 2/5 – Not a London or Manchester based club so Southern press arent interested and NE sports press are an embarrassment for towing club line and creating clickbait rubbish.
    Club promises 1/5 – constant record of lying to fans, media and themselves over intent to compete, improve, challenge and sell. Plus importantly breaking promises to players with regards agreements to leave. Spend more time effort and money creating their own media spin than actually doing the right thing to start with.
    Team moral 2/5 and declining quickly – Most players with any ambition want to leave and rightly so.

    So when making a decision over clubs, any promising player will pick a club that beats our 16/50 score, this is probably beaten by any division 2 club and above and why we have a 3rd rate 14th choice manager. The only players we can attract are players nobody else will touch or mercenaries that will do anything for a bit more cash. This equals poor squad ability, poor results, discontented fans, poor squad resilience, which equals even poorer performances and ultimately relegation. This is a skeleton of the club we once knew. Should now be called Newcastle ununited, doing the absolute bare minimum to survive! No ambition, no hope!

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  • Mindshaft

    Jul 17, 2019 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #119

    Tonybaloney – you’re a much better poster when you aren’t having a go at people – blogs about opinions – its the internet mate, if people slag you off just ignore it and post again

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  • geordietom

    Jul 17, 2019 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #120

    Tony …

    can you leave it out tonight as well …

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