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Midfielder Enjoys New Open Football But Will It Prove Successful


We have really been impressed with the way the players have taken to Steve Bruce since his arrival. Many players have expressed their happiness with his appointment and how they are ready to move forward under him.

One area that has come up often when players have talked about Steve is with his training sessions. They have spoken about how they are very tough but enjoyable.

Jonjo Shelvey famously spoke about how Steve Bruce had the players take a long run leading up to a pre-season match. After that match, Shelvey said he thought he would be knackered during the game but actually felt really good.

Steve Bruce’s training sessions have been much different than Rafa’s from what the players have said. They appear to be enjoying them more, but that is not always effective.

Rafa Benitez was a clinical tactician who accounted for every situation that could arise during a match. He used the time on the training ground to get the players ready through constant repetition. This could lead to very dull sessions for the players, but it was extremely effective.

Since Steve Bruce has come in, the sessions have most likely became more open and less reliant on constant repetition. This could be what has accounted for the enjoyable training experience the players have spoken of. While this is still effective, it puts more responsibility on the players’ decision making during matches.

These contrasting styles will also bleed into the tactics during a match. Rafa Benitez expected players to play exactly how he had instructed them during training. Steve Bruce will give his players a little more freedom and self-determination on the pitch.

Isaac Haydenenjoying the new management style

Isaac Hayden has come out and spoken a bit about the difference in the playing styles between the two managers. While he does not reference Benitez directly, it’s very apparent who he is talking about.

In the Chronicle, Hayden made the following comments:

“Under previous managers we have been a lot more defensive and solid but still ended up losing games.

“We lost tight games when being defensive.

“But against Arsenal, we took the game to them and took a few more gambles.

“It paid off to an extent.

“If it wasn’t for good saves from their keeper and our final balls, it could have been different.”

We really enjoyed the way Benitez had the team set up, especially in tough away matches. It was not always easy to watch, but we admired its necessity in getting a result. That is solely what mattered to Rafa. He didn’t really care if it was enjoyable or not.

Bruce seems to be putting more emphasis on playing open football. He is still only one game into his Newcastle career, so it remains to be seen how he approaches certain matches. But the echoes emanating from the club are that attacking football will be back this season. Whether that is successful remains to be seen.


28 comments so far

  • Rotonda heights

    Aug 16, 2019 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #1

    Bills

    You just don’t get it do you. We had faith in rafa given his CV that he would turn things round. Something to do with being an elite coach and a multi trophy winning manager who is the consumate professional , ie dealing with injures etc.

    Bruce is a total dinosaur and so far apart from Rafa, his appointment is yet another 2 fingered salute to the fans. However, utterly gormless cretins, you possibly being the biggest so far, keep making excuses for Ashley Why the hell is that. Why keep defending the indefensible?

    Your ignorance and one eyed selfishness in the guise of being a true fan is absolutely nauseating.

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  • Jib

    Aug 16, 2019 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #2

    Micky
    More info
    It was Esso Northumbria’s predecessor
    Esso Hibernia – it was Leslie Street , Wallsend 1969
    At that time Gordon Sumner (Sting) lived there

    1
  • Rob1971

    Aug 16, 2019 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #3

    So how did it pay off Isaac? we lost and were awful to watch in the 2nd half and a disorganised mess?

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  • Jib

    Aug 16, 2019 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #4

    Passes Rotonda heights the sick bucket

    Your have a very weak stomach for a Geordie

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  • Rotonda heights

    Aug 16, 2019 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #5

    CONFIRMED TROLLS

    Catchy
    Bills
    Over rated
    Bruce

    The rest pretty sane and a good read.

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  • Jib

    Aug 16, 2019 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #6

    After the terrible event in Old Eldon Square
    I can see the police “sus” law being resurrected

    1
  • Rotonda heights

    Aug 16, 2019 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #7

    Jib

    I can’t even pretend to be offended when somebody insults me with the right combination of artistry and wit.

    4
  • catchy in norway

    Aug 16, 2019 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #8

    Rob

    Jesus,, Rafa is a total dinosaur in football, His football is 9 behind the ball then hoof it long.
    06/07 07/08 08/09 Liverpool played more long balls than any other team.
    18/19 NUFC only Burnely played more long balls than us.

    12 years of football and his style is exactly the same.

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  • catchy in norway

    Aug 16, 2019 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #9

    Rotonda

    His last 4 clubs, he has been a massive failure. fact

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  • MrMojoRisin76

    Aug 16, 2019 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #10

    Lol.”Bruce is a step up”,best one yet,classic space cadet.

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  • catchy in norway

    Aug 16, 2019 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #11

    What in his CV suggests he could do well at NUFC? given that he knew he had the worst owner in the prem

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  • hibbit

    Aug 16, 2019 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #12

    catchy in norway

    Aug 16, 2019 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #8
    Rob

    Jesus,, Rafa is a total dinosaur in football,

    WTF does that make Bruce ?????????????????????

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  • Jib

    Aug 16, 2019 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #13

    Catchy
    As has been pointed out to you before
    You are confusing a long ball strategy
    with hoof-ball ala Pardew.

    Xavi Alonso in the period you mention was possibly
    the best long ball passer in the world , certainly in Europe

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  • catchy in norway

    Aug 16, 2019 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #14

    ROB

    wow,, who the hell judges the manager after 1 game? and the team is expected to be top 6.

    absolute clown

    2
  • hibbit

    Aug 16, 2019 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #15

    Bruce a step up on Rafa LOL

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  • Reilly

    Aug 16, 2019 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #16

    Extinct.

    7
  • catchy in norway

    Aug 16, 2019 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #17

    Hibbit

    He is what he is, a cheap manager, that i dont expect miracles from.

    One got 6 million a year, one gets 1 million. not much difference in the football they both will play.

    2
  • IrishRob

    Aug 16, 2019 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #18

    Catchy you cant come on here and bad mouth Rafa, none of us want to listen to it, we’re not idiots we are able to discern for ourselves whether he was a success and whether he played the right way. Most people with at least a good playschool education can realise it was a huge success, that man probably saved us from relegation more than once.

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  • catchy in norway

    Aug 16, 2019 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #19

    Jib

    if that was the case,, our best long ball passer is shelvey, didnt use him. Lasceles just lumps it long with no one to aim at.
    A good coach would tell him, give the ball to someone better to pass it long.

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  • The Sheikh'sMate

    Aug 16, 2019 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #20

    Catchy… With the greatest respect… Are you on the white powder?

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  • catchy in norway

    Aug 16, 2019 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #21

    irishrob

    good for you

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  • hibbit

    Aug 16, 2019 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #22

    why am i not surprised this is the guy that loved Steve McClaren

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  • catchy in norway

    Aug 16, 2019 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #23

    you should consider taking something yourself. might help with your colour blindness

    1
  • The Sheikh'sMate

    Aug 16, 2019 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #24

    Ahhh Catchy, your just a wum/mackem. Ha ha… If that’s what tickles your tonsils go for it.

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  • IrishRob

    Aug 16, 2019 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #25

    If Rafa is a Dinosaur then Bruce is an Ammonite.

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  • Jib

    Aug 16, 2019 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #26

    Catchy
    The only time Rafa didn’t use Shelvey was when Jonjo was injured
    or suspended
    and
    he arranged the team to adjust to his loss perfectly

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  • Lindisfarne

    Aug 16, 2019 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #27

    Midfielder Enjoys New Open Football But Will It Prove Successful

    No, because an organised system of play is required to be in place that then allows talented individuals to flourish in a more expansive penetrative style of play.

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  • Bryan

    Aug 16, 2019 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #28

    I am sick to death about the constant to and fro debate about Rafa. When are we going to move on. Look, I loved Rafa to bits, he was our best manager since Sir Bobby but he is gone, and to China of all places. I am afraid that didn’t sit right with me. I could of understood if he went to a top English or European team but he went to China for the money only, because why else does any player or manager go there for? it certainly isnt about the quality or standard of the league.
    Lets stop comparing Bruce to Rafa because there is no comparison they are their own men with their own idea’s.
    I support NUFC and whoever is the manager of our club so lets get behind Bruce and the team because as always they both need our support. HWTL

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