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We’ve Let Everybody Down – Yes – That’s Very Accurate

After a game in which the Newcastle players let their heads drop, we eventually lost the game on Sunday 5-0 at Leicester City.

And we have to go back to the incompetent era of Steve McClaren four years ago to get a worse result.

McClaren lost three games 6-1 (at Man City), 5-1 (at Crystal Palace) and 5-1 (at Chelsea) in our relegation season when the players basically also gave up the chase in those games.

Those three games gave us -13 in goal difference – not good.

We all know (as did Rafa) that goal difference can be the sole difference in being relegated or staying in the Premier League.

The news is that Steve Bruce got stuck into the players after the game in the dressing room.

And so he should – because if we play more games like those against Leicester, Brighton, and Norwich, we will definitely be going down this season.

We are already the out-and-out favorites to be relegated.

There was also a terse meeting with Lee Charnley and Steve Bruce shortly after the game – it would be interesting to hear what was said.

Steve Bruce – we’ve  let everybody down

Steve Bruce was interviewed by BBC Match of the Day, and those comments are in the Chronicle today – this is some of what the Newcastle manager said:

“I’ll analyze myself like I always do.” “What have I done? What have we done this week?”

“We changed to a back four to see if we are not comfortable with it.”

“Tactics and all this nonsense, the big thing is to have a go and show some pride.”

“Unfortunately we’ve let everybody down.”

“That’s my job (to yield the axe when necessary) as always.” “You have to go back to basics.”

“There are four or five who are itching to play, and I will look at that.”

Bruce has had a rough ride as Newcastle manager since he took over after leaving Sheffield Wednesday in mid-July.

And he again has talked about how he knew the job on Tyneside would be challenging:

“I always knew it was a challenge and was delighted to take it.” “I knew it would be difficult.” 

“Let’s hope we can turn around, I have the appetite to turn it around, so I will do my best.”

“The one thing I always pride myself on is getting together a team that is as honest and genuine as can be.””I’ve only been here a few weeks of course.”

“But you learn on performances and games like Leicester.”

“Certainly we haven’t done enough so the only way we can respond is to roll our sleeves up, go to the training ground and try to do the basics better.”

“Defensively, where we have been pretty much OK, we were all over the place.” “There’s a lot to work on.”

“We made too many mistakes and gave bad goals away.” “Towards the end there was a lack of effort for the fans who’d made the journey down there.”

“We can’t keep taking them for granted.”

We don’t like to be too hard on Bruce because he’s having a really tough time of it.

But he can be accused of taking a good defense and making (unnecessary) changes, and it becomes a leaky defense.

The players are comfortable playing five at the back, and we feel sure that’s what the manager will play against Manchester United on Sunday afternoon.

We need a win in that game to get our fans back onside.

It’s been yet another very tough season so far; every season since the summer of 2014, we have been fighting relegation from the Premier League.

The only exception to that was when we were in the Championship in 2016-2017 and got an instant promotion.

We’d love to see the Longstaff brothers in central midfield on Sunday, but that may cause a lack of experience against Manchester United.

So Ki Sung-yueng may get the start alongside Sean Longstaff; a potential Manchester United target in January.

And Bruce cannot allow many more insipid performances from his team.

Our strength over the last three seasons has been founded on the never-say-die attitude of the players.

It’s also been founded on the undying support of our fans, but at home this season, fans are staying away because of the boycott.

If the players don’t care, then our goose could well be cooked.

We cannot allow Lee Charnley to keep Steve as manager too long if things go pear-shaped.

Charnley did precisely that with Steve McClaren, and we paid for it with another relegation.

There are some decent managers available at the moment.

But some may have too much ambition for Mike Ashley; some may even want to build a top Newcastle side.

Of course, we haven’t given up on Steve Bruce, and we really hope he can turn this thing around with 100% support and help from the players.

We need to stay a Premier League club come next May, and hope somebody who has the money and ambition comes in to buy the club.

That seems our only hope to rid us of Mike Ashley – an albatross around the neck of this great club.

Here’s hoping.

32 comments so far

  • toon22

    Oct 3, 2019 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #1

    Same speech at Villa
    Go google it

  • Munster Mag

    Oct 3, 2019 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #2

    Tactics and nonsense etc ….wouldnt exactly inspire ! That said, effort and quality of players will always trump tactics if your players arent up to it or wont put the legwork in.

  • cyprus

    Oct 3, 2019 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #3

    Alkmar’s manager is A. Slot?!

    Maybe he can be our next manager?

  • cyprus

    Oct 3, 2019 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #4

    I see Man U playing a b team. How many of them tossers would get in our starting 11?

    Well, at least 6!

  • papscrunt

    Oct 3, 2019 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #5

    You go from a tactical powerhouse, with less to spend. Too, ‘Tactics and nonsense’ and people wonder why we are disjointed mess of a team.

    I’ve noticed Almiron getting a ton of stick today. Maybe if the lad had an actual role, with some tactical input (the whole team really) you’d see a lot more.

    I’m just being silly, that common sense would never work.

  • toon kk

    Oct 3, 2019 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #6

    Basic squad, which lost interest the moment Rafa left. Bruce out of his league literally.
    An owner who doesn’t know Jack sh.t about football. Charney, say no more!

    The writing is definitely on the wall, Relagation.

    I’m proud of the fans who have chosen to boycott games, proves they want more for our club.
    Match goers, that’s your choice but don’t expect too much you know what you have paid for before you enter SJP.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 3, 2019 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #7

    Munster Mag,
    Reading your posts and I almost feel sorry for you, you’ve become pathetic, your snivelling little half digs at Bruce, a man who’s training methods and attacking football you praised just a short three months ago. Now in the interests of balance and fairness, you say tactics and nonsense wouldn’t exactly inspire. Where has your relentless criticism been of his not having a clue over where to play Almiron, or rushing players back from injury, why haven’t you claimed that if he turned up at Barnsley there’d be riots or compared his tactics with your ar$e, there’s a reason your posts very rarely get a heart, it’s because they’re shit!

  • toon22

    Oct 3, 2019 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #8

    Theres a few people who spent years having a go at Rafa
    All gone now there someone who deserves their criticism

    Funny that


  • Genjikai

    Oct 3, 2019 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #9


    Oct 3, 2019 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #13

    Recently bought a Rolex on ebay from a seller called R. Benitez from The Wirral.

    It’s a dud though – turns out it has two little hands!

    Ultimate bants.

  • toon22

    Oct 3, 2019 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #11


    The fake buyer usually only makes one new company
    So this dude making two MUST mean its happening ?

    Who do you think he will pretend to sell us to next time ?
    As if he pretends to sell to Kenyon thats all it will be, pretend
    As he will still be holding onto everything he wants while the club suffers, nobodys going to fall for that rubbish

    We arnt stupid

  • toon22

    Oct 3, 2019 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #12

    Until he is gone, and his adverts are gone
    Until he owns no asset, and wont benefit from the club shop or the club in any way what so ever

    He is just pretending to be gone as he has nothing left, no lie we will believe

    So he will try and use anything to spin out the lie

    Im not willing to have another 13 years with Kenyon simply fronting up Jabba

  • toon22

    Oct 3, 2019 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #13

    In a way the Rangers debacle will help us

    As it shows exactly what he will do to cling onto the bits he wants when his is eventually forced out

  • Bring back benitez

    Oct 3, 2019 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #14

    Come on now jail, all the stick Rafa got for playing sissoko at left back was fair and balanced!
    Bruce sending on Willems without knowing where to play… Genius! Give him a chance!

    Bruce still doesn’t know what to do with Almiron. Genius.. give him a chance.

    At least Rafa used Almiron to the teams advantage, pulling defenders away to open up space for Rondon and Perez.

  • Genjikai

    Oct 3, 2019 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #15

    Bring back benitez
    In one of bruces earlier interviews he said he didnt know who atsu was.
    If hes a toon fan how does he not know the players that play for the team he supports

  • toon22

    Oct 3, 2019 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #16

    I doubt the traitor knows where Dubs best position is

  • Bring back benitez

    Oct 3, 2019 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #17

    Genjikai. Lol. Didn’t know that about astu, that’s pretty embarrassing!

    Is this the “one of us” manager, who we needed to give a chance to that refused to accept the managers job when it was offered to him!

  • toon22

    Oct 3, 2019 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #18

    Almiron was bought for his pace, he should be playing on the shoulder of the last guy defending
    At the moment ive no idea wheres hes supposed to be playing, it looks like Almiron dont know either

  • Jib

    Oct 3, 2019 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #19

    toon22 is panicking
    Bless !!!!

  • toon22

    Oct 3, 2019 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #20

    The guy who celebrated the Mackens scoring against us ?

  • toon22

    Oct 3, 2019 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #21

    Hiya JIB

    Wheres that auditor ?

  • toon22

    Oct 3, 2019 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #22


    Im guessing you havent emailed your MP to ask them to investigate jabba

  • Jib

    Oct 3, 2019 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #23

    We all want Ashley gone
    I think it’s going to happen
    toon22 will be screwed if it does happen

  • Jib

    Oct 3, 2019 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #24

    Bless !!!

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 3, 2019 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #25

    Monochrome acquisitions!!! Ring a bell, any deal that allows him to keep that tacky signage in the ground is in cahots with him, all we’d be doing is going back to the stadium and buying shirts to indirectly keep filling his pockets, in three years time when it was time for the tat to come down there will have been problems with the payments etc, there is no way he’ll be selling in instalments to a company that relies on us being in the PL to pay him back. If this goes ahead it’s because he knows we’re going down the swanny and it’s the only way to get the crowds back while he still secretly owns us, except I don’t think it’ll be long before the cat’s out of the bag.

  • Bladey

    Oct 3, 2019 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #26

    So Paul dumwit wants to see a full house as he states it makes it harder for the opposition
    What a dumwit he really is
    If you had 99 thousand 999 fans inside and one man u fan the outcome would be the same a beating for the cabbages team

  • GeordieTwo

    Oct 3, 2019 at 7:44 PM

    Comment #27

    I should mention that like Kenyon I have genuine interest in purchasing wor club. However I only have aboot 10 Canadian dollars in coins in my piggy bank. If we get relegated do you lot think that will be enough?

  • toon22

    Oct 3, 2019 at 7:45 PM

    Comment #28

    Nobody believes Jabba
    Nobody will believe he will walk away

    As much as him and his goons think he can mug us off under a different name he is deluded

    Kenyon will be just another front for Jabba , a non sale


    What ya going to do once the PR aint needed anymore ?

  • MagpieRanger

    Oct 3, 2019 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #29

    Zzzzzzzzz, not bothered anymore

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Oct 3, 2019 at 7:53 PM

    Comment #30

    “……. United didn’t have a single shot on target.”

    “Jesse Lingard has gone off the field with a hamstring injury, so United are down to 10 men. United’s injury list is brutal.”

    Maybe they’ll turn up at St Jameses with a 10 man squad and give our 442 a sporting chance.

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Oct 3, 2019 at 7:58 PM

    Comment #31

    My Sunday league side often turned up with 8 players, resulting in some frantic ringing around and thorough drubbings, so there is a precedence.

  • toon22

    Oct 3, 2019 at 8:01 PM

    Comment #32


    It took about 30 seconds to figure out what Jabba intends to do with Kenyon
    Wonder if the FA take as long, as he will have to pas fit and proper ownership rules


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