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Local Reporter Makes Excellent Point On Why Bruce Is Safe For Foreseeable Future

During the Chronicle’s Q&A yesterday, journalist Lee Ryder was asked some questions about the Mike Ashley, Lee Charnley, and Steve Bruce. It was reported on Monday that Bruce met with Lee Charnley briefly after the Leicester game.

The news after the Leicester game was that Steve Bruce’s job is safe for the time being. Ryder expounded on that meeting when asked during the Q&A:

It’s not usually something that happens after an away game. In the past Charnley has deemed it as not a great time to speak to the head coach amidst media duties and team debriefs.

It is a busy time for the head coach after a game as the team bus is usually waiting to set off for the airport.

But Charnley spent time with Bruce so it was serious enough to either relay a message from above (Ashley) or indicate that standards had slipped below the expected level.

While it’s likely that Steve Bruce will get at least until the end of the year, a disastrous performance against Manchester United would see most clubs give serious consideration to getting someone else in. It is right before the international break and would give a new head coach two weeks to prepare with the squad. As we have found out for twelve years, Mike Ashley does not run Newcastle like most clubs.

Lee Ryder was asked what he thought would be the point at which Ashley would consider replacing Steve Bruce. His answer was far from comforting:

If Mike Ashley was to fire the head coach now it would be a vote of no confidence in the club’s own decision-making process.

They have just paid millions in compensation to secure his release from Sheff Wed and they’d have to pay out again if they terminated his three-year deal.

I honestly think that Bruce would have to be nine or 10 points adrift in the relegation zone before they decided to hit the panic button.

Mike Ashley is exceptionally stubborn and will likely wait until it is too late to accept that he made a mistake. The fact that he paid compensation for Steve Bruce will make it even harder for him to accept that Bruce was the wrong choice. As Lee Ryder points out, it’s not only the compensation he’s already paid, but it is exacerbated by what he will have to pay Steve Bruce if he gets axed.

This has the makings of the Steve McClaren saga all over again. Our hopes, which were distant to begin with, are quickly fading that Steve Bruce can get the best out of these players. He asked to be judged by results and while it is still early, the results are less than acceptable. To add to the lack of points, the statistics under Bruce have been pathetic.

If Steve Bruce can’t get a performance out of the players this weekend after all of the talk from the players, then it will be time to put serious consideration into who can.

20 comments so far

  • Tramp

    Oct 3, 2019 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #1


    I wish that were true. Sadly, even in the lower leagues we will NEVER be rid of Mike Ashley.

    He has broken the club in to so many pieces that it’s impossible to buy or sell the club.

    Nobody wants to buy the skeleton of a football club whilst Mike Ashley continues to make all the financial gains from it’s organs and Mike Ashley will NEVER sell all the pieces of Newcastle not for anything less than a ludicrous price… which nobody will pay.

    The only way we rid ourselves of Mike Ashley is if and when the FA boot him out… Even then he will still own the pieces.

    There’s no fairytale ending to this. When the fat man scoffed that he could own the club forever, he wasn’t joking.

  • toon22

    Oct 3, 2019 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #2


    And anybody else who thinks this way

    Chester MP calls for tough & independent regulation of football


    Email your local MP, it has to be the local one who represents you in parliament. Google who that is and email them asking them to represent you, ask for their help
    They are in the process of dealing with people just like Jabba, we art the only club he is a parasite to
    They will respond and they are compelled by law to act upon your request

    Send the email

  • toon22

    Oct 3, 2019 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #3

    The more people we have asking him to be looked at the better, Rangers fans will help us rid football of this guy

    He continued: “I am aware that the majority of football club owners are committed and passionate about their clubs. They recognise that fans are the pulse that keeps football clubs alive. However, too many clubs are being driven to the ground with no mechanism in place for fans to flag up misconduct.”

    “The Football Supporters Association’ have highlighted that this is not an isolated issue, it is happening across the country. Dedicated fans watch helplessly as their treasured clubs crumble from lack of investment or financial exploitation by dodgy owners.”

    If created, the body would report to the Football Association (FA) with recommendations for action to address any deliberate financial mismanagement.

    Both Matheson and the FSA have expressed their desire for the FA to undertake this regulatory role, given the level of expertise and national responsibility of the FA.

  • toon22

    Oct 3, 2019 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #4

    The shills usually try and say this has nothing ot do with Jabba in an attempt at keeping a lid on it and preventing people from asking their MPs to act

    As they know fine well this is something that will bit jabba in the backside eventually

  • AncientC

    Oct 3, 2019 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #5

    Unless it has been confirmed otherwise, I doubt the club has given Sheffield Wednesday anything for Bruce. I thought it was a case of the dispute being between Bruce himself and his former club.

    Maybe Wednesday are getting a good deal on Murphy, but £4 million for Steve Bruce? Ashley isn’t the savvy businessman he’s made out to be, but could he really be that stupid. If Ashley really has paid £4 million for Bruce, somebody close to him should have him institutionalised and look after his financial interests, before he completely sinks himself and everybody around him.

  • Online Guy

    Oct 3, 2019 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #6


    See you have had a pop at Wor Hibbit likening him to a catty harridan in the typing pool, like this you mean ?


  • Online Guy

    Oct 3, 2019 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #7


    Was interested in that pic you posted . Looks like Neil was sitting at the back wall with Susan Acevedo.

    Couldn’t see you behind Geffen.

    Can you confirm your one half of Milligan and Nesbitt ?

  • Online Guy

    Oct 3, 2019 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #8

    Millican ?

  • Mindshaft

    Oct 3, 2019 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #9

    Anyone else see reports that Newcastle are offering local businesses and institutions tons of half price tickets for Man U and Wolves games?
    Seems Ashley PR machine really wants to fill those empty seats so staying away is definitely having an impact

  • Mindshaft

    Oct 3, 2019 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #10

    AincientC – Newcastle would have had to pay compensation to the amount of Bruces contract with SW – doubt very much it was anywhere near 4 million though

  • toon22

    Oct 3, 2019 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #11

    Mike Ashley floods local institutions with discounted tickets to try and fill empty seats v Manchester United


    This is exactly what happened to the mackems, once you start giving away tickets its doom for any club

  • Online Guy

    Oct 3, 2019 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #12

    Just to lighten the day up for long suffering Newcastle fans , have a good chortle chums.


  • toon22

    Oct 3, 2019 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #13

    He literally wont be able to give the tickets away soon
    You have to be a supporter to sit through the rubbish on offer

    I have also heard the club is doing nowt to deter Manu fans from buying home tickets, something the FA should look into

  • Mindshaft

    Oct 3, 2019 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #14

    Just had a look at the ticket site, don’t think I’ve ever seen a game at home against Man U have tickets available in pretty much every area of the ground – sad state of affairs that Ashley has created so much apathy from the fans but he’s killed all hope (not that we had that much before)- I don’t think this is going to blow over anytime soon.

  • mac the jaffrey

    Oct 3, 2019 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #15

    Toon 22

    Reply from an earlier post, it was me who planted the grass seed and yes the grass definitely beat any fakeover .

    In further grass news, and read into this metaphorically what you will, my dog then dug up said grass so I replanted more seed, and this hasn’t even broke the surface. And it’s been over a month.

    No grass = no fakeover

  • Novocastrian66

    Oct 3, 2019 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #16

    T22, there trying to attract the casual supporter who will rock up and spend a fortune at the food and drink outlets.

  • toon22

    Oct 3, 2019 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #17

    mac the jaffrey


    Grass 1 – 0 Takeovers

  • toon22

    Oct 3, 2019 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #18


    In the end it will kill the club as they find the casuals arnt wanting to see us get hammered every game
    Its just not entertaining

  • Online Guy

    Oct 3, 2019 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #19

    The self perpetuating state of affairs that Ashley and cohorts have created is now embarrassing him..its something I was hoping would happen as he will be looked upon as a failure around the world of football and retail business .

    Giving away tickets to possible new bums on seats shows that he’s not interested in the loyalty of supporters in the past and this is your reward for that loyalty .

    It don’t seem to matter who’s money he’s taking and to hell with rewarding the loyal supporter.

    He’s disregarded the fans in his thinking they would turn up whatever way he runs Newcastle United .

    Ashley’s finished here but I’m expecting a kick in the goolies from the spiteful swine.

  • Moonraker15

    Oct 3, 2019 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #20

    Have no fear! The punters who accept free tickets will only do it once! The football is dire and entertainment zero!
    The next stage remaining in the bottom 3, followed by a fire sale in January including, Schar, Longstaff, Dubs and Shelvey, then next stage Bruce preparing for life in the Championship with the blessing of Ashley!


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