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“The Main Thing Is Not To Panic,” Says Newcastle Standout


Isaac Hayden has been one of the standout players thus far for Newcastle. He has picked up right where he left off last season and put in some solid performances.

He has also shown his versatility as he has played all over the pitch in the first two games. Though we prefer him to play centrally where he was able to thrive during the second half of last season.

Isaac has also grown to be one of the new leaders at the club. He played under Steve Bruce at Hull City before joining Newcastle. His familiarity with Newcastle’s new head coach seems to have helped the squad in their adjustment to Bruce.

He also has been very vocal this pre-season about rallying behind Steve Bruce while trying to move forward from the past.

Isaac Hayden– new leader on Tyneside

However, Isaac has looked to past experiences with Newcastle to help calm some nerves about the two opening losses of the season.

The Chronicle have published some comments from Isaac about some similarities between this season and the past three:

“The main thing I’d say is not to panic.

“We have been here before, so many times.

“It’s not what the players want.

“But we have started the season before badly in the Championship when I first joined.

“We started badly then, and we have started badly in the Premier League the last two seasons.

“It seems to be what we’ve done.

“We want to improve of course, and we will try to do that against Tottenham, but we know it hasn’t been good enough.”

We remember the start to the Championship very well as Newcastle lost it’s first two games against Fulham and Huddersfield. However, they would go on to win their next five games before a loss to Wolves.

Newcastle also started the past two seasons in the Premier League very slowly. They were able to slowly turn the screws before finishing both campaigns comfortably in mid-table.

So many players in the side have indeed been through similar situations before. However, there is one glaring difference between this season and the three previous ones.

Newcastle were coached by Rafa Benitez the past three seasons, and this year it is up to Steve Bruce to turn around this team’s fortunes.

Steve Bruce has three games upcoming, including the cup game against Leicester, to start turning the tide before an international break comes the first two weeks of September.

This is what Isaac has to say about what is coming next for Newcastle:

“We have Tottenham, Leicester, and Watford who are all good sides.

“We proved against Arsenal if we can be tight and resolute we can get close to getting results like last season.

“The main message is not to panic.

“We have been here before.

“As players, we understand that we have to get results, but there is no need to panic.

“The Norwich result won’t relegate us.

“There are still 36 games left, and it’s up to us to change it.

“We can all talk, but it is the actions on the pitch that matter.”

What Isaac says here is very sensible, and we do acknowledge that it is early in the season. However, we also need to see some more action on the pitch.

It’s results that matter now, and we must see signs that this season can be turned around like the last three.


21 comments so far

  • Just a fan

    Aug 19, 2019 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #1

    C dog
    I think Gayle could do the Perez job..

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  • The next Mike Williamson

    Aug 19, 2019 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #2

    Charnley will be getting his crumpled little list of out now. Must have over 100 games experience in EPL, preferably British, must be unable to get a good job elsewhere, must be desperate to work at a biggish club. Ah Roy Hodgson will be out of work soon, he managed England didn’t he? Must be good then.

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  • IrishRob

    Aug 19, 2019 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #3

    Sorry but what did you prove against Arsenal?? How to loose?? How to not score a goal?? They were terrible against a poor Arsenal, I get worried when they cant admit the obvious.

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  • hibbit

    Aug 19, 2019 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #4

    the big difference with then and now Rafa knew what he was doing had a plan and worked to it, Bruce and his coaches on the other hand don’t have a clue tactically or the skill set to turn this around .

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  • Ron Knee

    Aug 19, 2019 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #5

    Joelinton Travel Tavern2__Benitez1892

    In the whole of last season #NUFC lost 1 away game to a club outside the Big Six.

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  • hibbit

    Aug 19, 2019 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #6

    Just a fan,
    chronicle are saying Gayle is still 2/3 weeks away from a return.

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  • Just a fan

    Aug 19, 2019 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #7

    Hibbit
    Well him and big Andy had better hurry up lol

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  • The next Mike Williamson

    Aug 19, 2019 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #8

    My worry is the fools in charge will think we only want Bruce out because he managed Sunderland and they’ll replace him with Mark Hughes or Pulis, or break the bank to bring in Dyche. I even think the ex Watford manager flores we were linked with is rubbish as is their current manager. Monk is so so but would also be amongst the worst 5 managers if we got him.

    If there is a good manager with EPL experience he won’t come to us. Only the ones nobody wants will come. Its time to look for managers WITHOUT EPL experience and not the crap French managers Carr will recommend.

    2
  • IrishRob

    Aug 19, 2019 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #9

    If he loses 2 more straight matches I guarantee you he will rush Carroll back, wait and see. All his talk about not rushing him back, will go out the window with another few losses on the bounce. These are the kinda tactics Bruce has.

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  • Lindisfarne

    Aug 19, 2019 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #10

    Guardian: Joelinton’s wastefulness undermines Bruce’s basic approach
    Just how much trouble are Newcastle in? They were well beaten by a classy Norwich side who set about the Magpies just as they did so many Championship teams last year. Steve Bruce bemoaned his team’s lack of work off the ball and called them in for training on Sunday to stop it happening again. But there is a view that says his team could not actually have done much better. Their tactics were simply to contain the promoted side and rob the ball at moments of maximum vulnerability. This basic approach created two good opportunities at 0-0 only for first Emil Krafth then Joelinton to fluff their lines. At the same time the strategy hardly screamed of confidence in the players at Bruce’s disposal. Krafth and Joelinton have just arrived on Tyneside. The £40m forward, in particular, will have to improve if Newcastle are to keep clear of trouble.
    Paul MacInnes

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  • The next Mike Williamson

    Aug 19, 2019 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #11

    I think Bruce has turned out to be exactly as behind the times as every football supporter in the country expected. Its now a question of will our next manager be to keep us up? If Bruce makes it to Feb there is no way hell get as many points as McLaren did. Which means to stay up wed need a better manager than even Rafa to perform a miracle. Our only hope is he doesn’t get past ten games.

    4
  • IrishRob

    Aug 19, 2019 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #12

    The problem is managers with out epl experience dont have a clue how to play here. The epl is so different than any other league.

    You can bring in a foreign manager and expect them to do well if you’re a big team with big money to buy your way to success a lá Klopp, Pep, Poch.

    But bringing in a foreign manager who cant spend a whole lot and who has to learn the ways of the premier league with a poor team he cant really improve by buying marquee players, is a recipe for disaster. It will never happen. We will keep buying poor english managers when Bruce gets fired I guarantee it.

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  • The next Mike Williamson

    Aug 19, 2019 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #13

    And its ridiculous to say we need time to gel. Its more or less the same team, with similar tactics. The defence and midfield have been together quite some time, they have experience. Norwich played a bunch of reserves, most their team has no experience. But they played as is they’d been a team for ten years. The difference was the manager.

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  • The next Mike Williamson

    Aug 19, 2019 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #14

    And arsenal had about 4 or 5 players who don’t usually play together. In fact every team in the league has new players.

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  • Ron Knee

    Aug 19, 2019 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #15

    “The defence and midfield have been together quite some time, they have experience.”

    But he chose to introduce Krafth for some reason.

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  • The next Mike Williamson

    Aug 19, 2019 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #16

    But Lesh,
    Farke is doing well, potter looks OK, Silva came in, Santo. We can’t prise the ones doing well away from their clubs. We have to find them before someone else does or we are doomed to looking around cast offs, or managers on the way down. We are always looking back instead of forwards. These German and argentinian managers play good football and they’re not afraid to play youths. Norwich or Leeds don’t have better youth squads than we do, they just play them.

    2
  • The next Mike Williamson

    Aug 19, 2019 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #17

    Against Norwich the only two new players were Krath and Joelinton. Manquillo should have played, he was one of the best players against Arsenal. We could have almost played the same team Rafa had out against Fulham.

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  • The next Mike Williamson

    Aug 19, 2019 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #18

    If we get Fat Sam, Redknapp, Pearson, Hughes, Moyes, Hodgson, Dyche, or Pulis will see them as an extension of Bruce. Those guys are his level. Even the foreigners we will go for Ranieri, Flores aren’t that good.

    We needed to break the bank for the one man who influences our season the most. The manager is far more important than any player.

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  • Ron Knee

    Aug 19, 2019 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #19

    Criteria for appointment of Ashley “head coach”:

    – Must be desperate for a PL job
    – Must have vague name recognition
    – Must accept relatively low salary
    – Must agree to club’s failed player recruitment policy
    – Must defend said policy before media
    – Geordie origins preferred

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  • IrishRob

    Aug 19, 2019 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #20

    Tnmw….. the problem is when you bring in a foreign manager to a league that’s so different to everywhere else, they need either time like a few years to learn how to play in the epl or they need money to buy their way to success, which covers their back while they are learning the ropes. We aren’t a team who will allow the manager to buy his way through the first season or two, and we can’t afford to give them time to adjust.

    It wont happen, if Mike Ashley buys a foreign manager with no epl experience then hes very very desperate. As much as he probably should and just take a risk, He wont do it.

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  • big bob

    Aug 19, 2019 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #21

    Read on previous page we should park bus v spurs
    I thought Bruce was here to play expansive attacking football now people asking to park bus like Rafa would but then the Rafa haters would slag him off
    So we have downgraded a manager but want him to play the way a far superior manager would strange comments
    Then Dwight Gayle is our big hope is this the same player shipped out on loan then squad number 9 taking off him again after rondon left can’t see him being very committed

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