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Steve Bruce Addresses Pressure, New Signings, and Arsenal In Press Conference

Steve Bruce has given his first pre-match press conference ahead of Sunday’s match against Arsenal at St James Park.

He addressed his arrival at the club and how now that the summer business is done, it is up to him to get the results on the pitch.

“The pressure is on me now.

“But the minute you walk through the door the pressure is on you.

“In an ideal world you’d like six or seven weeks to prepare, but when the call came three weeks ago I was like a kid in a sweet shop.”

“As soon as you walk through the door here, there’s a certain pressure on you – but that’s why I’m here.”

“I want to give the fans a team they can be proud of and can associate with.”

“We will prioritise the cups and we want to take the club forward. We want to establish ourselves in the Premier League.”

When asked about the potential boycott against Arsenal, Steve was diplomatic in his response but also addressed the impact it could have on the players.

“Everybody is entitled to boycott if that’s what they want to do.

“We have to respect that.

“For me I don’t want it to upset the team and we know what a full St James’ Park can do.

“I am sure the fans will enjoy seeing the players on the pitch.”

Bruce spent a bit of time on the summer transfer activity as well. He seems delighted with the players that have been brought in.

We also have to remember that due to the coaching vacancy a lot of the transfer business was started late. So to bring in the five players they did was a decent job. Though they still seem to have trouble with getting deals done efficiently.

“A lot of people have put a lot of work in to bring in the five we brought in… It’s given everyone a bit of excitement, which is what the club needs.”

“I couldn’t be any more delighted with what we’ve brought in. We’ve brought in some very good players who I’m sure the supporters will enjoy watching.”

“Five players have walked through the door in three weeks. I said to Lee Charnley I think I’ve spent more money in the last three weeks than I have in 20 years!

“Fair play to the club in identifying targets and great business we’ve done.”

“You are always only as good as your strikers. When we come up against the big teams, defensively we will have to be spot on.

“But we have to cause the other teams a threat, we have that threat now.”

He made the following comments about Sunday’s opponents Arsenal. It will be a big test for Bruce and the lads and we have no idea what to expect. We just hope for an entertaining match and that the team can get a good result.

“Make no mistake – they were Europa League finalists (last season). They’re a big club and have been for years… You always know it’s going to be a tough game.

“They are a big club that have threats at the top of the field. I expect them to be very good and they have had a wonderful window.”

He also spoke about the hopefully triumphant return of Andy Carroll to Newcastle. It was certainly a riveting day yesterday seeing the big man make his return home.

“A lot of it was down to Andy. He was desperate to come back to the club to help and put play. We all know he’s had a few problems but he’s due a fair crack at being injury free.”

“He does not have anything to prove as a footballer. When he got the move to Liverpool he was unplayable. We hope to get a few glimpses of that. He is a mature Andy Carroll. When I spoke to him he only spoke about desire.”

Steve also talked about the squad and that some have not made it to the final twenty-five. It was always going to be hard with getting this squad ready for the season.

It was short on quality in key areas but had a lot of fringe players that were going to have to be moved on. Bruce said the following but would not disclose any names at the press conference of those who will be left out.

“They have all worked hard but four or five them will not get a squad number.”

Finally, Steve Bruce addressed injuries and it seems we do have a couple currently. Though Matt Ritchie has not been mentioned so he may have recovered from his slight hamstring problem.

“Yedlin has not fully recovered from an op. Krafth brings us that experience and know-how as any team needs. He is a fully-fledged Sweden international.”

“With the ongoing problem with Yedlin, it was vitally important we strengthened in that area. Dwight Gayle has a calf injury and

“I haven’t even seen him train yet. Atsu hasn’t really featured with us at all; he’s got a knee injury. Everybody else is OK.”

19 comments so far

  • BenbulbenMag

    Aug 9, 2019 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #1

    B&W Blood you’ve answered your own question in terms of what effect the boycott will generate.

    Your post from 131 on the last thread :

    Sports direct already is in disrepute across the country our boycott won’t effect the opinion people around the country of sports direct even if they had a good reputation.

    A lot of fans think the rest of the county know a lot more about us than they really do.

    Take a step back and imagine a boycott at Brighton, Bournemouth, Burnley or the like.if there was a boycott at one of those grounds how many people outside the their area would even know who the owners are never mind which companys advertised around the ground are owned by the owner


    I agree with you. But we need to look at the larger picture. Let’s face it, the Southern Press have never been friends to clubs in the Northeast and I include Sunderland and Middlesborough in that.

    There has always been a smarmy condescending tone to much of what they report and write, much of what they postulate and hypothesize.

    Thanks be to God for Alan Shearer. A lone voice of reason in a wilderness of misconception. You can see that he has convinced other pundits like Ian Wright also, not by the loudness of his voice but by the reasoned arguments and facts that he presents.

    So that being said what will be achieved ? Publicity. World wide publicity. The US Press coverage has always been good for us and they are actually pretty accurate with the likes of Peacock providing the truth.

    If the larger world press start covering us and a boycott, the southern press will have no option but to jump on the bandwagon and we need to make sure that our message and narrative are not corrupted and misrepresented like many of them have done traditionally.

    Will a boycott on its own work ? No. Can it work as part of a multilayerd approach ? I believe so.

    What do we have to lose ? What has being patient and quiet gotten us for the last 12 years ? Nothing. What will being quiet get us for the next 12 years ? Nothing. It’s time for change.

  • hibbit

    Aug 9, 2019 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #2

    B&W blood @141 a very fair comment,
    just as you feel it’s your right to go, i feel its my right not to, my grip is not with guys like you who respect peoples right to protest, but with the poster on here who continual say they know best but in real terms never contribute a penny of there cash to the club as they never attend games, just as you have ever right to attend games i have every right to boycott weather you or anyone else thinks it will achieve its desired goal

  • hibbit

    Aug 9, 2019 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #3

    The next Mike Williamson
    we don’t have 40000 ST and haven’t for a long time,

  • BenbulbenMag

    Aug 9, 2019 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #4

    We have a VERY rough start to the season though.

    Sun 11 Aug 14:00 1 ARSENAL (H)
    Sat 17 Aug 15:00 2 NORWICH (A)
    Sun 25 Aug 16:30 3 TOTTENHAM (A)
    Sat 31 Aug 15:00 4 WATFORD (H)
    Sat 14 Sep 12:30 5 LIVERPOOL (A)
    Sat 21 Sep 17:30 6 BRIGHTON (H)
    Sat 28 Sep 17:30 7 LEICESTER (A)
    Sun 6 Oct 16:30 8 MAN UTD (H)
    Sat 19 Oct 15:00 9 CHELSEA (A)
    Sun 27 Oct 14:00 10 WOLVES (H)
    Sat 2 Nov 15:00 11 WEST HAM (A)

    Personally I think we will target Norwich and Brighton as must wins. Out of a potential 33 points to be earned over those 11 fixtures, it’s not implausible for us to come out with 6 points or less.

    Obviously I hope we can gel and hit the ground running but things have been left very late, we’ve not had an ideal preseason and this might bite us in the ass.

    What are your predictions points wise for those 11 ? My hope would be 12.

  • BenbulbenMag

    Aug 9, 2019 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #5

    Sorry folks, meant Barton as the US sports presenter on Fox Sports 1

  • Bills Son Is Back

    Aug 9, 2019 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #6

    Mike Williamson,

    Dead right on that post.

    How can someone give it the anti divide and conquer line and then do exactly themselves what they are accusing others of trying to do.

    We may have different views on how to look at the situation with Ashley but two things unite 99% of fans…

    1. We are all passionate supporters of NUFC


    2. We want Ashley replaced by a genuine ambitious owner with the dosh to back that ambition up.

    All the rest is just hot air, the hottest and most disruptive of which comes from those who say anyone who disagrees with their extremist, doom laden opinions is a spineless, apathetic weakling taken in by Ashley PR or an actual paid shill themselves.

    And they think that will shame others into joining their camp or packing in supporting the team not the regime?

    It won’t…

    It will just divide fans even further.

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Aug 9, 2019 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #7

    “Shame we allowed him to leave and replaced him with a coach who chucks eleven players on the pitch and goes to sleep.”

    Robleenio, naughty and far from the case, and you know it.

    Bruce is not Ashley’s man, until proven. He may just be the conduit that is needed between us and “him”.

    It’s okay to mark the owner’s card, it’s a bit early to mark the manager’s.

  • outside the box

    Aug 9, 2019 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #8

    repost …slow typer…
    not sure if it has been mentioned/sorted …but does murphy going to sheff wed mean an agreement has been agreed re brucie….maybe loan fee?.
    reckon brucie will gamble and leave out elliott hence signing young keeper ..or is yedlins injury worse than thought …hence signing rb…

  • hibbit

    Aug 9, 2019 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #9

    were have i told/asked anyone to boycott ???????

    all i’ve ever said it’s every individuals right to make there own mind up,
    i’m being accuse of trying to persuade bully fans into not to go to games but surly your trying to do exactly the same in reverse in trying to get fans not to boycott ??????????

  • geordietom

    Aug 9, 2019 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #10

    please please Mr Bruce dont give ginger jack a squad number …

  • ilovetoon8788

    Aug 9, 2019 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #11

    The fixtures are really scary. If we don’t get a couple of upset wins then we might be stuck in the relegation. The new players have to hit the ground running.

    I can understand why we are odds on for relegation see the fixtures. Can get ugly after just 7 games.

  • BlacknWhiteBarmy

    Aug 9, 2019 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #12

    I don’t think Neill used Cabbage Heeds quote regarding the boycott

    “I said it last week, everybody is entitled to boycott if that’s what they want to do. They pay their hard-earned money and they’re welcome to their opinion. I don’t want it to upset the team.”

    Making excuses already – that’s ma boy – also the other Parduesque mention of the “judge me after …..”

    Looking at his managerial record – why wait?

  • IrishRob

    Aug 9, 2019 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #13

    “I think I’ve spent more money in the last 3 weeks than I have in the past 20 years” seriously who does he think hes fooling? It’s slightly aggravating that he genuinely expects us to believe he bought them.

  • Hey Miggy You’re So Fine

    Aug 9, 2019 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #14

    No team is relegated after 7 games, think of Everton and Palace in recent seasons.
    Then we’ll have 31 left with only 7 more against top 6. Room for optimism.

    Re midfield that some are concerned about – Longstaff (9 games last year) replaces Diame, Willems and Schar could play there in a crisis, Matty could step up as could Kyle Scott who surely will be first team squad before long.

    Hayden and Shelvey didn’t feature until 2nd half and later. Room for optimism.

  • MrMojoRisin76

    Aug 9, 2019 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #15

    It’s a bit alarming that he keeps saying”Your only as good as your strikers”,no you’re not,good defenders can also win you matches and the midfield supply the strikers.This doesn’t fill me with much confidence

  • Macas

    Aug 9, 2019 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #16


    I think you’re reading too much into it. It’s just a lighthearted remark, he’s been able to get 65 millions pounds worth of new players added to his squad in just a few weeks.

  • geordietom

    Aug 9, 2019 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #17

    i dont live in the northeast now i haven’t been to a game at ST JAMES in years does that make me less of a Newcastle fan i think not . i went to my first match 55 years ago used to go on a regular basis . was there for our european nights / fairs cup / watched us batter manu 5-1 .traveled to away games in the back of a transit van on a saturday morning to watch us play the likes of Oldham ect . i’ve paid my dues watching wor team when we nearly got relegated into the old 3rd division why because NEWCASTLE UNITED IS MY CLUB. watched some crap at wor club but kept on going why because its in my blood …

  • ArtyH

    Aug 9, 2019 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #18

    Well, we are where we are so have to get on with it. I did not want Bruce as our coach but he has to be given time, who was it that said ” Judge me after 10 games “? You all know where that season went….Anyway Rafa had a really bad start last season so we must give Bruce the same chance. The whole dynamic has changed and we will have to see how it pans out. Comparisons are impossible to make at this stage. All we can hope for is a bit of common ground with other teams with respect to players gelling together, as we have on paper a weaker squad than the more ambitious/well meaning owners our lot will have to shape up quickly. I really hope the team exceed what we did last year but feel that a boycott is still warranted. Why, this scenario has happened before, but slightly differently when McC took over, he was given money but failed to save the club from relegation….is this a reboot of that season? I really hope not, but I can see the snake’s reasoning behind/why he splashed out this year. 1) He got rid of a MANAGER who was telling him how to best run HIS football club and he did not like it because he likes full control, he was told not to pay more than £20m for Joelinton as he was untried in the EPL, we will have to see how that works out.
    Bruce initially said last week he did not want Carroll back, but now we have him, the owner no doubt hoping to appease the fans nothing more, again I hope it works out but think this may sway some fans to attend games or renew season tickets, tugging at heart strings and some fools will fall for it….TFCB is just digging up his old ways of conning fans for him to squeeze more money out of the club.
    I full back the boycott and the team but nothing will change while we have TFCB in charge and what Alan Brazil stated on Talksport is chilling to the core, ICYMI TFCB has never had any intention to sell the club, so pick the bones out of that season ticket holders…conned again….

  • IrishRob

    Aug 9, 2019 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #19

    Macas there is nothing lighthearted about it, that was carefully constructed by the board as are most things that come out of the managers and players mouths. Do you not see how everything is worded to Make the board look innocent?

    Same with the “everyone’s entitled to boycott” remark, but he finished it by saying ” but for me I dont want to upset the team” that’s almost like saying if we don’t show up it’s going to be the fans fault.


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