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Newcastle Man Reminds Everyone It’s Still Early Days

Saturday’s performance at Norwich has become a quandary for those Newcastle fans who have vowed to get behind Steve Bruce and give him time.

There are some fans who just won’t support Steve Bruce as the manager for a variety of reasons. But one of the main reasons is their conviction that he just isn’t good enough.

The Arsenal result was disappointing as Newcastle were in the game but just couldn’t put it together for a full 90 minutes to get a result. Steve Bruce had only been with the team less than a month with the new signings having joined later than that.

So the fact that Newcastle were only one mistake away from getting a decent result to Arsenal, even if it was a weakened Arsenal, was encouraging.

Many hoped that another week of preparation would show even more progress from Bruce and the team. They expected to see a performance that showed more tactical familiarity with the new signings gelling a bit more.

Well, there was none of that. There wasn’t even stagnation, which would have been acceptable. It was a complete demolition of everything that had been built over the past three years.

Gone was the structure, the shape, the defensive acumen, and most disappointingly the passion. This is where most fans now have grave concerns.

Matt Ritchie– has been one of the better plays the past two weeks

One player who did a decent job under the circumstances at Carrow Road was Matt Ritchie. While his final ball was sorely lacking, it had been at Arsenal as well. He still played with the passion that he is known for.

He has called for some calm following the display at Norwich. The Chronicle have published some of his comments.

He is trying to remind us all that it is still early days, and while Norwich was unacceptable, Steve Bruce and the new signings still need some time.

This is what he said:

“You guys, the fans and everyone will all have their own opinions.

“Mine is that we have stick together, continue to work hard, try to improve.

“The group is very similar to what we had last season.

“I still believe the new additions can strengthen us.

“Everyone has to be patient.

“We have new players in, and there’s been a slight adjustment to the system.

“We’re only two games into the system.

“No, we didn’t play very well so we will look at that, find the reasons, work on it throughout the week and go again next week.

We do feel it is still crucial for the players to get behind the manager. There is not much they can say about the performance against Norwich other than to hold their hands and accept responsibility.

The problem we have is that there were no signs of just a slight adjustment to the system on Saturday. Also, no signs that the new players will strengthen the side. In fact, we just don’t know where the goals are going to come from without Salomon Rondon and Ayoze Perez.

It is really unfair to expect Joelinton to hit the ground running this early in the season. Steve Bruce does not have the luxury of slowly introducing Joelinton into the squad, which could have been more beneficial to him.

There are no other options right now, so Joelinton has to be the main striker. Matt also made some comments about the Brazilian which we do agree with.

“He’s new to this league, and like anyone who comes over here, he has to get used to it.

“He is finding out what it is all about, but we’ve already seen in training, he has a lot of qualities, and I am sure we’ll see them on the pitch before too long”

We do agree that it is early days for Joelinton and that he needs time. It’s just unfortunate that the club have not allowed him the opportunity to get settled before being thrown into the deep end.

22 comments so far

  • JohnJ

    Aug 19, 2019 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #1

    Good morning each!

  • Jib

    Aug 19, 2019 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #2

    players talking up their next move in French papers, ”
    that’s right.
    Perez did his on Spanish telly

  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 19, 2019 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #3

    Before too long Matt, we’re in the bottom three with Spurs up next, if Watford, who seem to be in free fall with that manager Munster wants here turn us over, then where do we go from there.

  • Munster Mag

    Aug 19, 2019 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #4

    Wow jail you do talk manure.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 19, 2019 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #5

    Aye Jib, he probably got a bollocking for it rather than a script to read from.

  • Munster Mag

    Aug 19, 2019 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #6

    Nah jail I wanted nigel pearson or was it martin o neill or stuart pearce. You change my preferences quite a lot. Lying as usual.

  • beefman13

    Aug 19, 2019 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #7

    I took the job ya no, I will give it my best shot ya kno, nobody wants us to be more successful than me ya kno, I’m confident in my own capabilities ya kno, once we get Big Andy and general Dwight back we will be flying ya kno.
    One thing I KNO ya kno is you should not ever have been at this football club YA KNOW!!!!

  • count

    Aug 19, 2019 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #8

    Jib. At least Perez had something to talk up.

  • Munster Mag

    Aug 19, 2019 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #9

    So you wudnt take Gracia Jail? You also slagged off the everton guy last year when firm dipped. Clueless.

  • Mindshaft

    Aug 19, 2019 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #10

    Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini wrote an open letter to fans calling for their backing following their shocking 3-0 loss to Leicester last week and at least Carver saw signs of hope.

    “We went 1-0 down from another set-piece but showed some character. We didn’t show that last week at Leicester and it was good to see,” Carver told the BBC.

    Ritchie the new Collo and Bruce the new Carver …. same words, same position but this time looking like no way back already!!

  • hibbit

    Aug 19, 2019 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #11

    Jib @58 previous
    but jib that’s exactly what you did the Craig Hope article didn’t fit your agenda so you immediately tag him a mackem which was quickly proven a lie by a very reputable source, 😉

  • Jib

    Aug 19, 2019 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #12

    Just cos I was wrong doesn’t make it a lie.

    You throw liar accusations about too freely.

  • Jib

    Aug 19, 2019 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #13

    You notice Lilo just said I was mistaken
    which I acknowledged.
    Proper bloggers

  • hibbit

    Aug 19, 2019 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #14

    your original post, “no i think” “or i suspect straight” in with he’s a mackem !!!!


    Aug 19, 2019 at 7:41 AM

    Comment #47
    You do know Craig Hope is a Sunlun supporter ?
    He probably hates Bruce more than toon22

  • DubaiMicky

    Aug 19, 2019 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #15

    Stirkes me that Mat is pushing for the Captains role.

  • Rotonda heights

    Aug 19, 2019 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #16


    We all very aware of your dislike for Rafa and you have to admit some of Jail’s comments are pretty accurate. I think a lot of us had some ”manlove” for Rafa and what he was trying to achieve here.

    I don’t really agree with giving a serial loser like Bruce a chance as he simply has not earned the gig on merit and the sooner he is dispatched the more chance we have of staying up. The longer Bruce stays he will leave us with no time to recover, a la Mclaren. Yes Bruce and his goons may do longer old skool runs instead of more technical stuff and he may be more pally with the players, but I rather we had less injuries and someone the players respected.

    Contrary to your claims rafa didn’t know what he was doing, which now seems dafter than ever, I would suggest he very much did know what he was doing and it’s there for all to see.

  • Prestonmag66

    Aug 19, 2019 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #17

    From last night. I’m not Polish but lived there for 5 years and I’m married to a Pole. Will do my best to sort out bilberries 🙂

  • Ron Knee

    Aug 19, 2019 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #18

    Captain of the Titanic.

  • Rotonda heights

    Aug 19, 2019 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #19

    surely it would be easier to count on the fingers of one hand the things he actually gets right.

  • wardy06

    Aug 19, 2019 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #20

    The 5-3-2 has to go. It’s as simple as that. Feel Bruce changed it because he wanted to step away from Rafa’s formula, which he only stumbled upon because of the injuries to midfield. Our CB’s aren’t strong enough in a 2 and our FB/WB aren’t creative enough for a 3-5-2. The 3-4-2-1 gives us a solid platform to let the 3 up front attack in unison. Last season our strength was putting the ball over the defence, turning them and attacking the channels through Almiron and Perez with Rondon holding up and feeding them. Our CM’s have proven they can’t control a game through the middle. Sorry for the long post ?

  • Munster Mag

    Aug 19, 2019 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #21

    Rotunda, when did I say rafa hadnt a clue. I objected to other stuff and stand by my opinions. But rafa clueless? Nope. No need to lie like your hero jail

  • widowmagandapoke

    Aug 19, 2019 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #22

    I am putting a bet on that we get relegated. If we don’t I will be happy. If we do at least I will have made a profit.


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