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Isaac Hayden Gives Insight On Steve Bruce – Could He Be Staying?

Isaac Hayden gave some insight to when he played under Steve Bruce at Hull City during their promotion campaign in the 2015-16 season. He was on loan from Arsenal at the time.

After that season, he would make his move to Newcastle to help us get promoted.

Isaac commented on what it was like waiting for the manager to come in. Since he has played under Bruce before, he also spoke of what that was like:

“Everyone was waiting. It’s a big thing for the players, the manager coming in.

“Look, I’ve worked with Steve before. I know the type of manager that he is and the type of man that he is.

“In the circumstances at the club at the minute, I know he can bring togetherness.

“I know what he does on the training field and what style of play he wants to bring in. For us, at this moment in time, it’s a good appointment.”

“I think everyone’s realistic and knows where the club’s at at the minute. We haven’t got superstars in the team that are going to make the difference by themselves like other teams have.

“We’ve been over it with Rafa so many times. It’s well known. We’re a well drilled side. We’ve got players that care, want to do well and improve.

As I said, it’s about working together and sticking together. Hopefully, we’ll get the results needed.”

These are good comments from Isaac and they mirror what Matt Ritchie, Federico Fernandez, and Jamaal Lascelles said yesterday.

In order to survive this season, the players are going to have be united. We are very impressed with Isaac’s realistic outlook on the situation.

Isaac Hayden– improved so much under Rafa Benitez

He next gives some comments on the fans and seems to really understand the misconception that is often portrayed in the media about the expectations.

He also sounds to us like someone who may be willing to stay at the club this season. Though that just may be us looking at the glass as half full.

“It’s a massive job for him because of where he comes from and the affiliation with the football club.

“I understand where the fans are coming from, as I get what the fans want. I think there’s a lot of misconstruing about what they want. People talk about top six.

“I know what the fans want. They just want a team that progresses, wants to improve and wants to go forward.

“We get that. As players, the only thing we can do is try our best to improve ourselves and the manager coming in is going to do his best to improve us and get players in he wants.

“Everyone at the club who’s a football player has to buy into that.”

Isaac came on leaps and bounds last year after what was a rough start for him. We would just love it if he was able to stay with Newcastle this year but completely understand the situation with his family.

He has always been a terrific lad and these comments show just how grounded and pragmatic he really is.

While the appointment of Steve Bruce is a big step down from Rafa Benitez, this is the reality of the situation. Hopefully, a few good signings are in the works and this squad can be improved for the long season ahead.

31 comments so far

  • BenbulbenMag

    Jul 18, 2019 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #1

    From Tsunki a few days ago:

    Stardust got this right – it’s not NUFC any more. This is the illusion that, understandably, diehard supporting matchgoers are being hypnotised with, that it’s still “their club”. You have to stand back and analyze just what has happened, that is, where that NUFC was quietly strangled and the imposter slowly replaced it.

    NUFC is a stranger dressed in the old club colours. The former was of course a business, but it was a business built to finance itself, not be a billboard to enrich something else entirely. It was a business that was modelled on old, original lines, yes the owner could take out money for himself, but it HAD to be competitive to make the best use of its resources. It HAD to get the best playing staff it could to achieve the status that attracted matchgoers, TV money, kit money etc to finance it’s never-ending betterment. It HAD to compete to be at the top level where the money was. Honours equated with success, and the payoff for the fans was Pride in a club that represented their aspirations and determination to make something that represented good out of their community.

    That NUFC was snuffed out by Ashley. This NUFC has been harvested of all that good stuff. Bits hacked off here and there, vital organs removed. What’s left is a facade with the right insignia, but nothing of the old NUFC remains but former players earning a last payday and mercenary journeymen taking in coin and saying what they are told to. Whatever used to be channelled into the club for success is now diverted into an extended circulatory system that is the lifeblood of unconnected businesses.

    The NUFC that those loyal home and away supporters cheer on is a stuffed doll that LOOKS just like their team. It is built for show and not for purpose. It is there to keep the illusion going that this team is trying to achieve something other than take their money and put it straight into a stranger’s pocket. These supporters should refuse to allow it and demand their own club back, the one they started going to see in he first place. They need to look carefully at what they are supporting and recognise it’s a fake, it’s not real, it’s built to hoodwink them.

  • Ozzy

    Jul 18, 2019 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #2

    I hope he doesn’t regress without Rafa

  • BenbulbenMag

    Jul 18, 2019 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #3

    Hayden coming out with some good comments. There might even be a ray of hope that he stays with us for another while.

  • Mag52

    Jul 18, 2019 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #4


  • Mag52

    Jul 18, 2019 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #5

    Top man Isaac. Well said.
    Really hope you stay.

  • toon22

    Jul 18, 2019 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #6

    You can imagine Jabbas had hundreds of millions out of our club

  • simon376

    Jul 18, 2019 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #7

    I was surprised at text from Gavin last night who briefly played alongside Bruce under his Dad at Gillingham, said really nice person and knows his football and back then totally loved Newcastle, thinks the thing that will let him down is the way Ashley runs the club and very little funds coming his way

  • jazzyp

    Jul 18, 2019 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #8

    Talk from Germany is that terms and price all agreed with Hoffenheim for Joelinton. Have been for a while. Now literally just formalities, medical etc. Could happen really quickly in the next 48hrs along with Kyle scott

  • toon22

    Jul 18, 2019 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #9

    Two small roundabouts in Shirebrook


  • posada

    Jul 18, 2019 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #10

    This is back of an envelope stuff so please take it as such.
    Just how much is it worth. £8 a share gave it a value of 4 billion or so.
    £2.30 a share, as it is now, gives it a value of 1.2 billion.
    They make 4.5p a share per year. The great investor Warren Buffet would always say a company is worth at least 7.5 times it’s earnings. That would mean SD are worth just 33p a share and a total value of just 168M.

    Results delayed. All sorts going on in the back ground.

    He’s just sold it for 120M and leased it back over 15 years. If he pays rent at 5% he’ll pay 90 million over that 15 years. Why would you do that unless you really needed the cash for something.

    As I say back of an envelope stuff so would appreciate it if this was not subjected to forensic analysis.
    Simple point. All may not be as it seems.
    Something is going on.
    This fella is spinning a lot of plates. Will they start to fall.

  • geordietom

    Jul 18, 2019 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #11

    TOON22 …

    was that you at the protest last night . the one with the black hat and the beat nick look …

    if so suits you down to the ground …

  • Jib

    Jul 18, 2019 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #12

    beatnik look !!!!

    haven’t heard that for some time

  • BenbulbenMag

    Jul 18, 2019 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #13

    Toon22 : Two small roundabouts in Shirebrook

    Would be a shame if people had small fender benders on them and blocked all traffic in and out for a period of time. Would be an even greater shame if there happened to be fender benders every working day.

  • posada

    Jul 18, 2019 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #14

    He’s investing in failed retail.
    The irony is the best business he owns may well be the one he does not want to invest in.
    The one he wants to sell. Newcastle United.
    50,000 supporters. 175M a year income.

  • Pit yacker

    Jul 18, 2019 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #15

    Next appointment will be director of football, Brice is here to coach and drill the team for match days. He is not a like for like replacement for Rafa (would be a poor comparison on past success anyway) and he will bring the dressing room together. Director of football will with work with Charmless to ensure better PR between club and fans – expect ex-player
    With regards to the sale – it was all lined up as Dubai has previously highlighted and was expected to go through end of June – Rafa had already told his people in May that he was off – MA didn’t think that was an issue as it wouldn’t be his problem – no idea why it fell through – don’t believe it was lack of funds but more around structure of payment and ability to bring capital forward to give MA assurance etc – there is still hope that it could still be done and Bruce on 3 yr contract is academic as he can be paid off if new owners want there own man, the Jose rumours were far off the mark but my understanding is that it would of been someone of the Rafa pedigree (most likely Italian ex Man City manager)
    It looks like for whatever reason MA has made another hash of summer but I expect Bruce to have a healthy budget for players – not that he will have much say in who they buy

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Jul 18, 2019 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #16

    Joelinto to Newcastle has unfortunately surfaced on the Guardian’s “Rumour Mill”, so that’s not gonna happen then. No mention of Charlie Austin though, so expect him anyday now.

  • geordietom

    Jul 18, 2019 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #17

    jib …

    did you see the footage the guy standing next to the spokeperson . looked like a beat nick . sorry but i’m getting old now . takes me back as well mate …

  • Jib

    Jul 18, 2019 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #18

    Ah the kid with a straggly beard ?

  • dekka

    Jul 18, 2019 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #19

    BenbulbenMag, you are so right. It isn’t NUFC anymore. I don’t support this “club” that’s a division of sports direct which, we all know, is a low end, low quality retail organisation whose appalling customer service is only rivalled by the awful way it treats its staff. I’ve supported NUFC for 58 years since I went to my first game in 1961 but I’ll not be back till it becomes NUFC again. I’m also going to start phoning talk sport, five live and other football phone-in shows but I’ll make sure to say whatI think about sports direct in the call. If everyone did that it might make an impact! Meanwhile I’m going to Croft Park to watch Lee Clarke manage Blyth Spartans next season. I might even enjoy it!

  • toon22

    Jul 18, 2019 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #20

    Jabba has gambled big on shops we helped him buy
    Let’s hope he ends up bankrupt

    Would be a shame if all of his shops had supply problems due to traffic around Shirebrook

  • Mag52

    Jul 18, 2019 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #21


    Maybe this is why he’s not going to sell us.

  • geordietom

    Jul 18, 2019 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #22

    its just been on SLY Sports News bruce is in china with his 2 cronies …

    and a guy on there said theres only 21 days left of the transfer window they need to get moving …

    the other bloke said Joelinton is the same build as rondon . but more mobile likes to run at players ..

  • JohnJ

    Jul 18, 2019 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #23

    Perhaps its already been flagged up but what the hell………

    I read that Steve Bruce was No 11 on the list of “Managers” contacted and that he wasn’t even on the original shortlist.

    Be interesting to know who the first ten were?

    We know that Sam Allardyce was one so who were the other nine I wonder? Any ideas

  • #boycott Arsenal

    Jul 18, 2019 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #24

    Pit yacker,
    And you know all this because…….

  • geordietom

    Jul 18, 2019 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #25

    Jib …

    aye him recon i’m right he does look like a beatnick …

    jib my bad i spelt it wrong …


  • posada

    Jul 18, 2019 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #26

    Pit Yacker
    Wonder if the sale of Shirebrook put 120M in his pocket.
    As a consequence he was less willing to sell NUFC.

  • Pit yacker

    Jul 18, 2019 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #27

    #boycott arsenal
    Because I work with some of the people involved in the process – and it’s what they’ve been told – it’s affecting there bonus so they are no fan of the regime either, just salarymen like the rest of us

  • posada

    Jul 18, 2019 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #28

    Possibly. The normal rule with a Prem club is you must invest all you can otherwise you may loose your Prem status and main income.
    The key word being normal.

  • Mag52

    Jul 18, 2019 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #29

    It strikes me that in recent times, Ashley has bitten off more than he can chew.
    The way he works is to be hands on across the whole range of his businesses and I’ve a feeling that it could be proving too much for him.
    There’s a perfect storm brewing out there and, hopefully, Ashley could be in the eye of it.

  • outside the box

    Jul 18, 2019 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #30

    sky trotting out cashlie line….brucie to get massive £90mill …transfer war chest…..no….£11m from last year £30m from perez…£3m from joselu ….so thats £46mill…..but this has to be within wage restraint and squad size… wage bill will balance …this i believe was rafas big problem that yes he would be given transfer funds but wouldn,t be able to match salaries from prem teams ….one in one out…

  • danishmag

    Jul 18, 2019 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #31

    What are you lot on?
    How the fcuk can you sit and say “oh Hayden is a good man, i hope he stays” etc etc etc…

    Fcuk that twat and the rest of the team..

    If you support the team, you support Ashlie.. and thereby you DONT support Newcastle United anymore!

    When will you lot realize that?


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