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Newcastle Midfielder Disputes Former Striker’s Claims About Steve Bruce


A few days after the Norwich debacle, Michael Chopra made some inflammatory comments to talkSport about Steve Bruce and the Newcastle squad. This is what the former Newcastle striker had to say at the time:

“I’ve spoken to some senior players at the club, I won’t mention their names, and under Benitez, everything was drilled into them on the training pitch: the team shape, how they were going to play, everyday.

“Bruce has come in, and some of the players don’t know their jobs. They are not really working on their shape.

“At Newcastle for two or three years those players have overachieved under Benitez, but I don’t think some of the players are good enough for the Premier League. So they need coaching.

“They need coaching. They are not good enough.

In his press conference prior to the win at Tottenham, Steve Bruce responded to Chopra’s comments calling them fabrications and lies. Bruce may have overdone it a little in his response, but Chopra’s comments were very disrespectful to not only Bruce but also the players at the club.

The players promptly put any assertion that they are not good enough for the Premier League to rest in their past three performances. We mentioned at the time that while the squad may be unbalanced, this core group of players are certainly good enough for this league.

This public spat between an ex-Newcastle player and current Head Coach has come up in the press again this morning. Michael Chopra has doubled down on his claims that senior players don’t know their jobs under Bruce. This is what he said in the Shields Gazette.

“Obviously, what I said was the truth. But he’s got to back his tactics, what he does with the team. He’s got to back his players.

“So, in a way, I wasn’t surprised (by Bruce’s reaction). He’s got to come out and say something. He’s got to come out and say it’s lies because I’ve said something against his team and his tactics.

“I stand by it because that’s what I got told. As a fan, I want what’s best for the club. When I get asked questions about the club, I’m honest. I won’t hold back.”

Steve Bruce doesn’t need to respond to Michael Chopra again, and we hope that he refrains from doing so. Since Chopra’s original comment, Bruce has this squad looking much better in part due to a tactical change he made that week after Norwich.

However, in a bit of a coincidence, Jonjo Shelvey has spoken about Michael Chopra’s original comments today. This is what Jonjo has said in the Chronicle:

“We had a chat in the dressing room. It was like: ‘Does anybody even know him?’ I know he played here, but he didn’t score loads of goals.

“It’s just people being busy to get their name in the paper. It’s just people who are bored. If they saw you, or Steve Bruce, in the street they’d come up to you and try to talk.

“It’s just embarrassing. People can talk, but we need to stick together and keep it all in house. We have to do our media duties and that, but you can see in recent performances that we are together.”

We tend to agree with Jonjo Shelvey’s response here. It seems to us unlikely that this squad would have said some of the things that Chopra has claimed.

This squad is starting to gel, and they just need to continue what they are doing. Steve Bruce has done a fair job under trying circumstances.

Whether he can continue the steady improvement of the last few weeks going forward, remains to be seen. But he seems to have this squad in the right place at the moment.


66 comments so far

  • Munster Mag

    Sep 9, 2019 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #41

    22, I thougjt he said that prem teams were just pricey?

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  • Munster Mag

    Sep 9, 2019 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #42

    Radcliffe was getting a nosebleed at 150mill. No great conspiracy theory there im afraid.

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  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Sep 9, 2019 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #43

    They bought Nice for about £85m and it appears they weren’t the only investor. More a Home Bargains shopper.

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  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Sep 9, 2019 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #44

    Although they probably looked at the meagre returns on Mikey’s outfit and thought they’d margin better in France wot with Brexit ‘an all he he dastardly euro, coinage of the dark one. 🙂

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  • martoon

    Sep 9, 2019 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #45

    toon22 Sep 9, 2019 at 3:02 PM Comment #35

    raj of hailsley

    Hiya JIB

    Nope try again toon22 – Jib gets the blame even when he’s not here!

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  • toon22

    Sep 9, 2019 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #46

    😉

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  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Sep 9, 2019 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #47

    Toon22 is Jib

    🙂

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  • toon22

    Sep 9, 2019 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #48

    That would be plot twist lol

    No I’ve never been from Benwell

    😉

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  • toon22

    Sep 9, 2019 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #49

    Martoon

    He was posting from alts yesterday

    Go back and have a look

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  • RobLeenio

    Sep 9, 2019 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #50

    ‘No I’ve never been from Benwell’

    According to some, you’ve never been from the North East!

    😉

    Not that it matters, of course.

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  • martoon

    Sep 9, 2019 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #51

    toon22 – Maybe he was or maybe he wasn’t but raj of hailsley is one of the alts of IanToon that Jail mentioned in his post and none of them are Jib!

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  • Belfast

    Sep 9, 2019 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #52

    Tsunki

    I think Ian floated away and he’s now shacked up with Penny-wise. They all float down there.

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  • toon22

    Sep 9, 2019 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #53

    Martoon

    Fair enough

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  • geordietom

    Sep 9, 2019 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #54

    ‘No I’ve never been from Benwell’

    should it not have been ‘No i’m not from Benwell ‘ ? …

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  • toon22

    Sep 9, 2019 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #55

    I’ve no intention of proving im from anywhere to the blog
    Absolutely no point as it’s words on a page
    I’ve said all I will ever say about where I’m from and where I live

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  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Sep 9, 2019 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #56

    They trying to figure out where your pad is, T22? 😉

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  • RobLeenio

    Sep 9, 2019 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #57

    I saw some news earlier that London FC (AKA the England football team) could play a match at SJP. This may have been covered on the blog already, apologies if so.

    Seems like a great opportunity to get a message of defiance across against Ashley for a global audience, but I’m not sure it’s the right platform.

    It also seems like a great opportunity to see England play at SJP, but how would it work commercially? Presumably ticket sales minus costs would go to the FA but split with the club?

    I’d be keen to understand what the Magpie Group stance is on it.

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  • geordietom

    Sep 9, 2019 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #58

    tsunki aka bleatin …

    not bothered where he’s from if i’m honest …

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  • JohnJ

    Sep 9, 2019 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #59

    Repost from earlier seem to have missed the bus!

    I’m waiting for the day…….. Newcastle are losing 3 – 2 at Liverpool and we pop in an equaliser in the last four or five minutes.

    Liverpool go all out for the winner but we catch them on the break – when we go storming up their end and the ball is sent over from the right wing and we score the winner from a far post header where our man has been left unmarked. Result

    Liverpool 3 Newcastle United 4

    Oh well dream on I seem to hear…….

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  • geordietom

    Sep 9, 2019 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #60

    ;0 😀

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  • geordietom

    Sep 9, 2019 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #61

    ;o

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  • geordietom

    Sep 9, 2019 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #62

    bloody emoji’s …

    ;O

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  • Mindshaft

    Sep 9, 2019 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #63

    JohnJ – it’s happening this Saturday …. believe man, It’s going to be jumping on this blog at 14:30…. absolutely belter man… Liverpool 3 – 4 TOON !!!!

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  • bettyswallocks

    Sep 9, 2019 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #64

    https://tse3.mm.bing.net/th?id=OIF.9YzdnzV6cARGEwvZ2GA0Dw&pid=Api&P=0&w=300&h=300

    Lesh ……….to try and suggest that those of us that object to having your loony far left extremist views inflicted on us must then be far right is typical of you and your brethren. Forget the politics on here man ffs no one’s interested.

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  • JohnJ

    Sep 9, 2019 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #65

    Mindshaft

    Sep 9, 2019 at 5:07 PM
    Comment #63

    It would be wonderful after the two 4 – 3 defeats we suffered at Anfield after those two games all those years ago as a result of far post headers in the last minute. I was as absolutely gutted as King Kev was I can tell you. 🙁

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  • Munster Mag

    Sep 9, 2019 at 9:28 PM

    Comment #66

    Rob, the frog has never been TO the north east! 🙂 . And he failed the songs and geography test too. You cudnt make it up.

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