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Darren Bent Says Newcastle Striker Should Have Spoken To Bruce And Not Press About Being Isolated

During yesterday’s press conference, Steve Bruce gave a terse response to what Michael Chopra had said earlier in the week. He also referenced the media storm over Paul Dummett’s comment on the warm-up before the Norwich match.

There were some other comments made that didn’t quite get the attention. They were by substitute Yoshinori Muto, who after the game against Norwich, said the following:

“It was really hard. I felt isolated, and I was always surrounded by three or four opponents.

“As a forward, that was very tough. As a team, we struggled overall.

“When I was watching in the first half, I was expecting it to be difficult when I came on because Joelinton was struggling as well.

“Pukki got a hat-trick, and he reacted well on the counter-attack.

“It is the sort of image that I’d like to provide for my team.”

As with the situation with Paul Dummett, we don’t believe that Muto had any sinister motives in what he said. He was only relaying his experience of the match when asked about it. His comments were very accurate.

Though in these times of ultra-scrutiny, his comments caused a little bit of a stir. Though nothing to the extent of Chopra’s or Dummett’s.

Darren Bent in Football Insider has given the following response to what Muto said:

“It’s never good because it’s like he’s blaming Bruce’s tactics. I get what he means by being isolated.

“That’s something you have a conversation with your manager, say that the way that you’re playing, you’re not going to score goals. Him coming out and saying that, he’s putting a little bit more pressure on the manager.

“Then Newcastle fans will be like: ‘See, it’s Bruce’s fault, even the players don’t like his tactics,’ and it’s just another unnecessary problem that they don’t need.”

While we don’t think Muto said anything wrong necessarily, we also understand what Darren Bent is saying here. He is looking at the impact Muto’s comments have had on his former Sunderland manager.

He is correct that this is a problem Bruce does not need right now. Even if Muto’s comments were innocuous, they did cause a bit of a stir. Right now, even the slightest hint of criticism towards Bruce will be used against him tenfold. Some of it is justified, but some of it is just unnecessary.

34 comments so far

  • Just a fan

    Aug 24, 2019 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #1

    Here’s one for jib.
    He’s probably heard it.
    In fact he probably wrote it.
    Ive got an Eton based advent calendar where all the doors are opened by my father’s contacts.

  • The Sheikh'sMate

    Aug 24, 2019 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #2

    Flippin heck, the Harrison blog bus is movin at some speed… Just hope our forward line is as fast this weekend.

  • one fine day

    Aug 24, 2019 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #3

    F@cking busses
    Not on glue but thinking we can sneak a shock win here.
    Reasons ?
    Football gods
    Funny old game a la jimmy grieves
    5 nil predictions
    Miggy loves the big stage and lobby looked decent coming on at Norwich .
    England thought they just had to turn up yesterday and look what happened ?
    Want us to win not for Bruce .but for the proper lads n lasses who have gone down their to support knowing we are proberbly in for a howking

  • Ron Knee

    Aug 24, 2019 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #4

    Newcastle United’s hierarchy are currently making contract decisions on a number of key players – as they face one of the biggest overhauls of playing staff in the club’s recent history in the next 18 months. (Chronic)

    What could possibly go wrong?

  • one fine day

    Aug 24, 2019 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #5

    Will be listening for the “Lee charnley is a wa @@a ! ”
    Too if jail finds his voice

  • Genjikai

    Aug 24, 2019 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #6

    Ron knee
    Have they got 3 years to negotiate new deals for the lads?

  • The Sheikh'sMate

    Aug 24, 2019 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #7

    Am pleased for Woodgate and his win at Boro… A little bit foggy sometimes but seems a nice bloke.

  • Reilly

    Aug 24, 2019 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #8

    Ron.They will be trying to get the players to sign new contracts with relegation clauses in them.

  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Aug 24, 2019 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #9

    I’m surprised Bent is saying this, rumour with the Mackems is Bruce sold him for sleeping with his daughter.

  • The Sheikh'sMate

    Aug 24, 2019 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #10

    OFD @3 I Do want us to win for Bruce as well… He’s not for us but it’s not his fault we’re a shit set up… That all started 12yrs ago….

  • Ron Knee

    Aug 24, 2019 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #11


  • The Sheikh'sMate

    Aug 24, 2019 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #12

    If she’s anything like a younger version of her mother she’s well worth the risk

  • The Sheikh'sMate

    Aug 24, 2019 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #13


  • Reilly

    Aug 24, 2019 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #14

    I wasnt only Bent that was back skuttling her,a few of the players were.

  • Jib

    Aug 24, 2019 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #15

    What a wasted opportunity by Bent !
    Fancy him falling asleep !

  • beefman13

    Aug 24, 2019 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #16

    I’ve got zero sympathy for Steve Bruce, he should not have taken the job, it’s bollocks about his hometown club, aak him if he was offered the man utd job would he fcuk off, right he would, as i have said before he walks away from here with many millions more in his poke, can’t loose.
    His job is just to keep us in the division.
    we deserve so much more than this.

  • The Sheikh'sMate

    Aug 24, 2019 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #17

    Ahhh… Saturday morning.. I love it.. I can smell the bacon and toast already..
    2-1to the toon. crazy I know. but that’s life at the toon

  • The Sheikh'sMate

    Aug 24, 2019 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #18

    Beefman@16 of course he HAD to take this job… Its his greatest managerial post…. we’re potentially one of the biggest clubs in the world.. If you were him would you heve turned us down? I certainly wouldn’t.. couldnt.
    As I said earlier he’s definitely not for us but don’t make it personal… You can’t blame him for giving it a go, don’t forget, all this crap started 12yrs ago…

  • Genjikai

    Aug 24, 2019 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #19

    Ashley knew about rafas situation.
    He should of had bruce in earlier,
    The players should of been brought in earlier just like every preseason.
    And bruce and the lads should of had a proper preseason together.
    The same problems arise at the club every year.
    Past mistakes are never learnt from just made over and over again.

  • Bills Son Is Back

    Aug 24, 2019 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #20

    I’ll be watching the first 10 minutes of the Spurs game like a hawk.

    Pocc will be telling his players to steam into us from the start, try to get a quick goal, get our heads down and effectively kill the game from that point.

    Bruce should be telling us to press high, get some hefty early tackles in and to keep possession – with minimal long balls.

    If I see us backing off, not closing down and hoofing it long we’ll be setting ourselves up for a hammering.

    Bruce and the players know they have taken a barrel load of criticism after Norwich, they need to stand up against Spurs and show that last performance was just a bad day.

    It’s not always about getting beat that draws criticism, it’s how you perform in getting beat.

    We’ll see how much Bruce and the players want to perform in the first 10 minutes.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 24, 2019 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #21

    Aye, I’m going to do my best, anyone can join in as well #LeeCharnley is a w@nker, is a w@nker

  • bill

    Aug 24, 2019 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #22

    Steve Bruce’s comments about unfair criticism is laughable. He knew what he was walking into when he took the job. Gullible! Steve Bruce, or he thinks we are.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 24, 2019 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #23

    Self pity already, what criticism has he had, if we’d lost and been unlucky against Norwich he wouldn’t have been criticed or if he hadn’t made a monumental foot up with Willems, what is he expecting.

  • DubaiMicky

    Aug 24, 2019 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #24

    Spurs are going to hit us like a sledgehammer out of the blocks, hopefully we can weather the storm and if it’s still 0-0 after 20 minutes or so we have a hope of getting something.

    I’m not hopeful mind you.

  • Jib

    Aug 24, 2019 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #25

    like a sledgehammer out of the blocks

  • bill

    Aug 24, 2019 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #26

    He has been reported as saying he has had unfair criticism in this mornings Guardian. He suspects “no one in the country” is under similarly, intense and hostile, scrutiny.

    I wonder why!

  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 24, 2019 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #27

    Aye bill, he’s going to start blaming the fans soon for the shite atmosphere inside the stadium, they’re the ones most likely to give him both barrels as well.

  • Posh_Geordie

    Aug 24, 2019 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #28

    First time I’ve voted for us to lose in poll. I hope the lack of shape is just early season and lack of decent preseason.

    We need Gayle fit as I don’t see anyone else being able to get us enough goals in the squad. Joe, Dwight partnership I can see getting us some goals. Carroll when fit as an impact sub.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 24, 2019 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #29

    It’s a funny set up with the fans. The ones who refused point blank to enter the stadium late are the ones who have no qualms in leaving ten minutes early if we go 2-0 down, the ones that won’t stand up if you hate Ashley quite happily boo’d Rafa and Perez while Mikey just sat there smirking.

  • Swlabr

    Aug 24, 2019 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #31

    Sorry, off topic but someone called Toni Baloney has just posted a comment on my American pal’s Facebook page.

  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Aug 24, 2019 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #32

    In my head Bruce’s daughter looks like B Smith from prisoner cell block H

  • Novocastrian66

    Aug 24, 2019 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #33

    Good grief DM, that was a cliche ridden load of twaddle.

  • one fine day

    Aug 24, 2019 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #34

    Dealing out the snout ? On the Steam press


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