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Manager’s Relationship With Owner Could Bear Fruit This Month

When Steve Bruce arrived at Newcastle, there were a few things we knew about him.

First of all, he’s a good man and in his previous management jobs nearly always had the players right behind him – his man-management is very good.

And Steve has always been very sensible and as he’s displaying right now – he doesn’t like wasting money in the transfer windows.

Maybe it’s these characteristics that seem to have created a decent relationship with miserly owner Mike Ashley.

Ashley just doesn’t like wasting money he doesn’t like spending money either.

The Newcastle manager has said that Ashley has supported him from the first day he came to his home town club during the summer.

Pity he didn’t do that with the previous manager, but I have to move on from Rafa – I know that – Neil tells me every single day.

Steve Bruce – seems to have good relations with Mike Ashley

Bruce has revealed he will be meeting one-on-one with Ashley in the next day or two to discuss potential transfers, and maybe Steve can get the owner to spend some money in this window?


As Neil revealed this morning, the Chronicle have published the following statement from Bruce:

“I am meeting up with the owner in the next couple of days. That is planned.

“As I have said all along if there is something that can make us better and they are available, I will ask the owner, of course.

“He was very supportive in the summer. So let’s see what we can get.

“I have said all along we won’t just bring players in for the sake of it.

“Most of the injuries we have will be back in two or three weeks.

We need somebody to put the ball in the net this month – that’s the requirement – plain and simple.

If we can get a player like that and with Miguel Almiron showing he can hit the back of the net now that he’s got his first goal for the club, we could be a lot better in the second half of the season.

Andy Carroll is always there as an experienced impact-substitute, and hopefully, Joelinton can get a goal or two and raise his confidence.

But there’s no doubt the lad has to be supported – you cannot blame his work-rate – he’s doing his very best and needs time to adjust to the Premier League.

Matt Ritchie is also returning from injury.

So at least one player who can score goals is needed – if we can get that the rest of the side looks sturdy enough.

And then who knows – we could surprise ourselves by reaching safety earlier than in the previous two seasons.

Wouldn’t that be something!

We hope we can do that – it would be good for the nerves and the blood pressure.

We also need to beat Rochdale tomorrow night at home in the FA Cup 3rd round replay, and the mood will further improve on Tyneside after the excellent point we picked up at Wolves on Saturday.

A defeat tomorrow night is unacceptable.

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23 comments so far

  • JohnJ

    Jan 13, 2020 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #1


    I really don’t get it how Newcastle United fail time & time again to sign a proven goalscorer – this has been going on for years now!

    NUFC had the chance to sign Rondon, last season, who had proved that he could hit the target time after time but he did not fit into Mr Ashley’s age profile – The thing is Mr Sports Direct he scored goals and as we all know goals win games!

    It’s about time you woke up to that fact Mr Shopkeeper! For heaven’s sake if you are NOT going to sell up wake up and protect your investment!!!

  • lesh

    Jan 13, 2020 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #2

    God day Ed and it’s good to see you”re keeping Neil and his missus under control. Being younguns, you’ll need to keep ’em on the right track.

    As far as the Bruce- Ashley meeting’s concerned, I wonder whether Ashley’s ben stung by recent accusations levelled against him? Of course he’s keen to back Bruce…. it says here!

  • JohnJ

    Jan 13, 2020 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #3

    Good to see your post Dr Ed.

    I understand exactly how you feel about the loss of Rafa….. ‘Cause I feel the same way as well….

    NUFC or should I say Mr Ashley lost a diamond and it may well come back to haunt him but now we have Steve Bruce we have to make the most of that situation and get behind him.

    What we desperately need, as everyone knows, is a goalscorer and the sooner we sign a “Good un” the happier we will all be!

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jan 13, 2020 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #4

    Is Miggy’s mate Josef Martínez any good
    Got a hell of a scoring record for Atlanta Utd 72 goals in 80 appearances???

  • TomaKaThor

    Jan 13, 2020 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #5

    Why is he only just now meating fat Ash to discuss potential transfers half way through the window? Sigh

  • Unused Substitute

    Jan 13, 2020 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #6

    My interpretation of “He was very supportive in the summer. So let’s see what [precious little] we can get. I have said all along we won’t just bring players in for the sake of it. Most of the injuries we have will be back in two or three weeks [anyway]” is no one’s coming. I just added three words, which no one wanted to hear.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jan 13, 2020 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #7


    Man management and sensible are two good aspects, so all that’s needed now is realistic training methods and in match tactics.

    Two out of four is a start I suppose.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jan 13, 2020 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #8


    The MLS would be a great place to look for players, Martinez definitely, Valeri on loan would be another!

  • cyprus

    Jan 13, 2020 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #9

    You’re doing ok man, you only mentioned Rafa once 😉 Oh, the good old days when his picture was in every other article 🙂

    Anyway, I’m surprised that SB has to meet with MA in order to loosen the purse strings for new players. Surely, a massive PL club would have a procedure already set for hiring firing. A budget for it, if you will! Isn’t that what a self sustained organization does? Unless, this is over and above, which means he’ll need to dig into his own (other) pocket?

  • cyprus

    Jan 13, 2020 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #10

    Read your response previously, thanks. Don’t remember what I was on about. I suspect you don’t either 🙂

  • cyprus

    Jan 13, 2020 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #11

    Two out of four… There’s a song somewhere there 😉

  • cyprus

    Jan 13, 2020 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #12

    Unused, your 3 added words change the whole thing! Can you do that?

    Trump did something like that, with just one word! Don’t remember the exact example.

  • cyprus

    Jan 13, 2020 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #13

    Read your response too. Think you mentioned we need a Perez, when I said we need another Almiron.

    Can’t disagree.

    Still, we kind of pushed the former. I’d want out too if my own people booed me.

  • hibbit

    Jan 13, 2020 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #14


    Jan 13, 2020 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #5
    Why wouldn’t Reagan Thomson come from Queens Park to us ?
    Bruce signed Andy Robertson from Queens Park for Hull City
    he’s now considered arguably the best left-back in the world .
    WRONG again Jib
    In July 2014, Dundee United accepted an offer of £2.85 million for Robertson from English Premier League club Hull City. The transfer was completed on 29 July, as Robertson signed a three-year contract with Hull.

  • dougie

    Jan 13, 2020 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #15

    Bruce isn’t a good man or a good manager.He will drop any club that is stupid enough to employ him in the shit as soon as anything bigger comes along.Just ask his previous employers.His track record speaks for itself.He is the second worst manager in Premier League history and it’s disgusting but predictable that the parasite thought it was a good option.The man is a snake that bends over for a king snake and takes it happily,meanwhile we are meant to lap it up and be grateful for the great work that is going on.10000 free tickets just so Sports Direct FC looks good for the camera tells you everything what the club is all about.Its a sickening,embarrassing horror show and the people that rock up to St James Infirmary week in week out are the fuel that sustains this disgrace.

  • Big Bruce Stars.

    Jan 13, 2020 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #16

    Oh dear Jib now if you concentrated less on trying to score one over others your googling hand wouldn’t have slackened off. Never mind, back to Wiki….


  • Anglo Saxon

    Jan 13, 2020 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #17

    Jib think you need to change your avatar to (clatter mouth), you had the cheek to put Kets down for his small mistake.

  • G

    Jan 13, 2020 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #18

    I don’t expect us to make any permanent signings during this window. I do think we will look at the loan market, possibly with obligations in the Summer. Lookman is exactly the type of player and signing I expect us to make. Much as we need a striker, unless we sell one or two players this window, I expect us to look for a loan deal. Even then, I still think MA will want rid of a couple of personnel to balance the pay-sheet.

  • Bladey

    Jan 13, 2020 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #19

    A meeting with ASH and cabbage
    So Mike how about some cash for the January window
    ok Mike so sorry to take up 30 seconds of your time

  • Jib

    Jan 13, 2020 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #20

    Sorry Hibbit I hadn’t realised Dundee for a season was between
    QP and Hull
    These Scottish clubs all look the same to me
    I mean Celtic /Rangers pretty much the same – no?

  • Anglo Saxon

    Jan 13, 2020 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #21

    Bladey Bruces face to face with fat ash will be emails.

  • Bladey

    Jan 13, 2020 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #22

    Bruce doesn’t know how to send e mails

  • Angryman the Angry fan

    Jan 13, 2020 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #23

    Hiarious Headline, I ask why would it bare fruit is fat Mike bringing a bag full of apples? I bet he doesnt even know wht one is 😀 😀


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