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Newcastle Players Train On Sunday As Bruce Wrestles With Change


The Chronicle are reporting that Steve Bruce held a training session this morning after the woeful display at Selhurst Park yesterday.

However, the report states that according to club insiders, the training session was not in response to yesterday’s performance but was planned in advance.

The Northern Echo have a slightly different take on today’s session. They claim that Bruce has held an inquest with his players after their performance in London on Saturday.

After yesterday’s anemic outing, Bruce spoke to the press about implementing some changes. He finally seems to have come to the conclusion that the current system just isn’t working.


Bruce likely will make subtle tweaks while drafting players back into the squad. One change we’d like to see selection-wise is to give Dwight Gayle some starts in place of Joelinton.

Gayle has a natural ability to get into the box, and while he contributes far less in other areas, this team is desperate for some goals. Dwight is really the only striker who has the potential to provide that.

Isaac Hayden and Matt Ritchie are also due for a return to the team after being dropped for the last two games. The midfield missed Hayden’s ball-winning ability yesterday, and Ritchie’s steely determination is a crucial aspect this team has relied on over the past few years.

While these personnel changes could prove beneficial against Burnley on Saturday, they won’t solve Newcastle’s inability to create clear chances. That is something Bruce is going to have to find a way to improve.

After the match he stated the following:

“Our big Achilles heel is blatantly obvious. We gave the ball away in good areas so cheaply, especially in the last third. We get so far, and unfortunately, it breaks down too often, too cheaply.

“We never asked their defenders to defend properly, and their goalkeeper to make a save, so maybe it’s time for change. Maybe it’s time we try something different, to have a look at.”

While he’s been loathed to even entertain the notion, Bruce may have to think about playing with a flat back-four. Newcastle may need that advanced midfielder or withdrawn striker up the pitch to get more attempts on goal.

We don’t think he’s reached that conclusion just yet. However, if he does, he’ll have plenty of options to meddle with to try and get this team to pose more of a threat in the final third.

Who Was Newcastle's Best Player At Crystal Palace?

  • Martin Dubravka (79%, 1,121 )
  • A. Saint-Maximin (9%, 133 )
  • Valentino Lazaro (3%, 45 )
  • Joelinton (2%, 30 )
  • Dwight Gayle (1%, 19 )
  • Fabian Schar (1%, 15 )
  • Miguel Almiron (1%, 13 )
  • Sean Longstaff (1%, 10 )
  • Federico Fernandez (1%, 9 )
  • Matt Ritchie (1%, 9 )
  • Nabil Bentaleb (0%, 6 )
  • Danny Rose (0%, 5 )
  • Jamaal Lascelles (0%, 4 )

Total Voters: 1,419

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229 comments so far

  • Tramp

    Feb 23, 2020 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #1

    This idiot might as well talk in tongues! Nobody knows what he’s talking about not even he knows what he is saying.

    He has no identity as a football coach whatsover.

    People call him a dinosaur but at least a dinosaur would be using tactics and methods that were useful at some point in history!

    What the f is Bruce doing?

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  • investinyouthtoon

    Feb 23, 2020 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #2

    I wonder how many of the squad Bruce has lost especially given more and more seem disinterested lacking effort compared with earlier on in the season. I think we need Ritchie playing as well as getting manquillo back ASAP to steady the defence

    As for St max if he leaves in summer to wolves barca etc then who do we get to replace him? Imo the club would spend a part of that amount but this tactic of buying young and cheap, sell for large profit, replace and repeat, is not a successful model as sooner or later you will end up with a dud player or several

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  • investinyouthtoon

    Feb 23, 2020 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #3

    Especially if the right people (scouts and recruitment) aren’t employed at the club.

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  • investinyouthtoon

    Feb 23, 2020 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #4

    theartfuldodger, if we don’t get sold it’s MA until he dies. If you can’t sell a football club to these people there is nobody with the funds available

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Feb 23, 2020 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #5

    The voting for MOM goes to show it’s weakness.

    Especially when you see Bentelab (who I could have easily believed wasn’t even playing) and Rose who was struggling to carry his extra weight after twenty or so minutes, getting as many or more (Lascelles) than players who were actually visible and trying like Fernandez.

    As someone else asked who is it that votes for them.

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  • Munster Mag

    Feb 23, 2020 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #6

    Rotunda, I’ve clearly shown that Jail lies to try to win arguments. Not sure if you are a lies merchant but will give u the benefit of the doubt. I didn’t champion Bruce’s army style training. I doubt he even has that? Do we know? Proof????

    Do u think I wanted Bruce?

    Can you back that up?

    Proof????

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  • hibbit

    Feb 23, 2020 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #7

    investinyouthtoon

    Feb 23, 2020 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #3
    Especially if the right people (scouts and recruitment) aren’t employed at the club.

    investinyouthtoon
    just to PROVE your point about recruitment. i give you a £43m striker who’s not a striker.
    and just to add insult to injury the club gave him the number 9 shirt as an added bonus.

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  • crawfordm

    Feb 23, 2020 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #8

    I mentioned after the Oxford game that just before extra time started there manager had Oxford in a team huddle and looked to be giving a rousing speech, Bruce was wandering around aimlessly patting players on the back speaking to no one.
    Change tactics ?? Start Gayle from the start and hoof it up to him, he may change the players but the style will stay the same. Look at his club records !!!

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  • Munster Mag

    Feb 23, 2020 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #9

    Rob, am not expecting a win today but delighted with the under 20s. As I said, for a small country we punch hard.

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  • Nufc-83

    Feb 23, 2020 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #10

    Crawf that actually made me laugh I never seen it but can imagine Bruce wondering around thinking what the hell do I say or do here!!

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  • Nufc-83

    Feb 23, 2020 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #11

    Essex you really put a lot of faith in the youths at our club. The gulf in class is monumental and most wont be even make it at a league 1 club let alone prem. Nobody in that group is even close to what we currently have in the first team.

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  • Nufc-83

    Feb 23, 2020 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #12

    If that makes sense 🙂

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  • Munster Mag

    Feb 23, 2020 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #13

    Jail, if charnley got organised, he could easily get a decent coach to nufc. No an ancelloti, but there are coaches who will come to nufc, nó doubt. We spent solidly last summer. If we stay up, I think we will again. We have a few decent players. Great fans, it’s a great league. Your tragic misery is enjoyable, but doesnt match the logic of smarter, less excitable men on here. And believe me, getting hearted by obsessives like Toon22, or serial moaners like Rotunda, or princes of misery like Lesh, does not validate you in any way, silly boy.

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  • Ron Knee

    Feb 23, 2020 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #14

    Wolves equalise.

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  • Ron Knee

    Feb 23, 2020 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #15

    Correction. Disallowed.

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  • Big Bruce Stars.

    Feb 23, 2020 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #16

    I reckon if any top manager took the nufc job there’d be rioting in his street. Or at least in his house.

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  • Tramp

    Feb 23, 2020 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #17

    Munster @ 13

    “Jail, if charnley got organised, he could easily get a decent coach to nufc. No an ancelloti, but there are coaches who will come to nufc, nó doubt.”

    This is a joke right? This has to be a wind up?!

    It was well reported that there were 10 managers/coaches on the shortlist… Steve Bruce was not even one of them! We only went to him after everybody said, “HA! NO THANKS!!” Even Sam Allardyce turned the job down!!

    Ashley has made it impossible to attract anybody of any worth.

    But please, enlighten us all with who exactly these coaches are that will come to this cesspool of a club rigth now!?

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  • Big Bruce Stars.

    Feb 23, 2020 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #18

    Ron – don’t do that with your RIP’s ha ha!

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  • Big Bruce Stars.

    Feb 23, 2020 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #19

    Benitez going was the signal for top managers to give us a wide berth for the sake of their career. Bruce is the proof.

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  • Ron Knee

    Feb 23, 2020 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #20

    “The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.” (The text of a cable sent by Mark Twain from London to the press in the United States after his obituary had been mistakenly published.)

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  • investinyouthtoon

    Feb 23, 2020 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #22

    hibbit, I agree that whoever bought him as a 40 odd million striker needs sacking asap. There may well be a decent player but not at that price and not as a striker. We should have bought a striker to compliment Joelinton ie ings or rondon

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  • AncientC

    Feb 23, 2020 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #23

    So we have 1 win in 8 games, a miracle win against Chelsea, with Hayden scoring on 90+4. That’s the only league win this decade.

    Apparently Bruce went a calendar year at Sunderland with only three wins. It’s all becoming sadly predictable—if it wasn’t already. A side built with a strong mentality being dismantled and unravelling.

    Any shred of optimism left will be banked in the belief that switching to a back four will change the current trajectory.

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  • toon22

    Feb 23, 2020 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #24

    Sell the club Jabba

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  • Nufc-83

    Feb 23, 2020 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #25

    Tramp as I said to Jail you are saying we would not have got Graham Potter from Swansea?

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  • investinyouthtoon

    Feb 23, 2020 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #26

    Tramp exactly. Maybe Tony Mowbray or Neil lennon could have the job after bruce, someone who is a has been and certainly not a coach who has aspirations for success

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  • AncientC

    Feb 23, 2020 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #27

    When you put a club’s revenue beside its manager’s world ranking, Newcastle must be the biggest mismatch in world football.

    The 20 clubs in the world for revenues, will have managers rated in the top 30/40 in the world. Newcastle, probably around 18th in the world for revenues, has a manager that may struggle to put into a list of the top 250 managers in the world.

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  • investinyouthtoon

    Feb 23, 2020 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #28

    Nufc-83 certainly not when Brighton a pl club with aspirations and projects in place come knocking.

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  • Nufc-83

    Feb 23, 2020 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #29

    Potter is an example of the types of manager that are out there and not all of them will have the option of a PL club. I also don’t agree with you though as I believe he would have come to us over Brighton at that point of time.

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  • Big Bruce Stars.

    Feb 23, 2020 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #30

    Bills Son Is Back Aug 16, 2019 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #48
    This Bruce is a ‘dinosaur’ manager comes more from him being British and having a name that doesn’t end in ‘o’ or ‘i’ than fact.

    It could be said that the dinosaur way to play is packing the defence, conceding possession and hitting teams on the break – exactly what Italian teams were doing decades ago.

    Rafa played 4411 most of the time and Bruce is looking to play 3-5-2.

    It doesn’t make Bruce a better manager than Rafa but it doesn’t make him a dinosaur either. If anything, Rafa played the dinosaur style.”

    “It’s a bit of a cliche but he needs at least 10 games to be judged.

    He’s had Jo and ASM for a short time, he’s playing a system the players aren’t used to and he’s got some tough early games.

    If, and it’s a big if, he realises some players like Shelvey, Longstaff, Manquillo, Dummett and even Schar or Lascelles don’t fit the system he has to have the balls to bring in players might like Kraft, Fernandez, Ki and Willems (and Lejeune when he’s fit).

    He’s also got Muto and Gayle when fit who could also fit the new system better than Rafa’s 4411.

    The 11 best players don’t always make the best team.

    A classic example is England when Gerrard and Lampard were at their peak – both were played and it never really worked.”

    Not as prophetic as hoped for, sadly. 🙂

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  • Jib

    Feb 23, 2020 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #31

    “AncienttC
    a manager that may struggle to put into a list of the top 250 managers in the world.”

    Bruce certainly is nowhere near top drawer in English footy

    However in your haste to denigrate him you make a really stupid statement

    He manages in the PL ffs

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  • toon22

    Feb 23, 2020 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #32

    Arguing about what manager is going to save us isn’t really relevant
    The real problem is the owner
    Always will be

    Until he is gone nowt is going to improve

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  • Ron Knee

    Feb 23, 2020 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #33

    How does a competent management team approach Arteta as first choice and in the end settle for Bruce?

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  • toon22

    Feb 23, 2020 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #34

    Lee

    Tell Jabba it’s time to sell the club

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  • Munster Mag

    Feb 23, 2020 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #35

    Tramp, Potter is one, and there are other coaches in Europe who wud gladly take rafa”s salary. As for the notion that rafa didn’t move for money, what planet do u live on? He is loaded. He could have left with style and resigned with no job. But for money, he went to the most obscure club imaginable.

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  • Nufc-83

    Feb 23, 2020 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #36

    Toon but it did with Rafa?

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  • Munster Mag

    Feb 23, 2020 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #37

    Ron, we All know where the fault line is, but if we went for Arteta, is that not a good thing? I know we still got Bruce but…

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  • toon22

    Feb 23, 2020 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #38

    He seems to have gotten someone to offer him 350

    It’s not worth that , not even close

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  • Nufc-83

    Feb 23, 2020 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #39

    Ron I don’t think anybody knows the true list but the fact it had Fat Sam and Bruce anywhere near it tells us everything we need to know.

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  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Feb 23, 2020 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #40

    Jib

    Fans may come on here to sneer at Bruce for getting the players in for a debriefing and to discuss what’s gone wrong.

    They sneer because clowns like you have painted over the cracks, fact is the sneerers you point your finger at have known this needed doing for months, it’s ok though, try and look sensible, CLOWN

    Do us a favour, go Google some fake facts or some pointless BS.

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