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Steve Bruce’s Serious Concerns About Aggressive Premier League Schedule

Steve Bruce has been talking to nufcTV today, as reported in the Chronicle.

Steve seems very cautious about getting the players ready to start the season up again, possibly in mid-June, which he has already said is too early.

The players have been away for a good two months, and as he rightly says, that’s about as long as the players will get off in their careers.

They have been doing daily exercises to keep fit, so they should all come back in good physical shape.

But the danger of injuries in training and then when the games start again must be very high.

The players are currently in phase one of their training schedule, which doesn’t allow any contact and certainly no tackling.

Steve Bruce – worried about injuries

This is some of what the Newcastle manager has said::

“Phase two will be contact – and that will be the vital time.”

“We’ve had something like eight weeks off now and for a professional footballer that’s unprecedented.”

“Even in midsummer, we have six weeks off maximum then six weeks training in pre-season.”

“We can’t just expect the players to ready like that.”

“I have seen the date in June and I don’t see how that will be possible or we’ll get injuries galore.”

“As long as it’s safe.”

“We have to respect the players, but I think the vast majority at Newcastle are ready to go back to work.”

“That’s a good sign.”

The Premier League are pushing for a mid-June restart to the season, and the current plan is to finish the 9 games for each club in about five weeks.

That’s very aggressive, especially when the players are only just returning from a long layoff.

Newcastle are also in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup with a home game against Manchester City, so we will have at least 10 games to play, and maybe more.

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18 comments so far

  • RobLeenio

    May 21, 2020 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #1

    1st on the thread where the takeover will be announced!


  • geordietom

    May 21, 2020 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #2


    May 21, 2020 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #241
    Looks like geordie tom has slept in Munster…

    what you on about i’ve been catching up with the blog i aint on here 24/7 😀

  • Mad Frog Boom 22

    May 21, 2020 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #3


  • Mad Frog Boom 22

    May 21, 2020 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #4

    End of Frog, all froggiven?

  • RobLeenio

    May 21, 2020 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #5

    Matt Ritchie on TalkSport now.

  • RobLeenio

    May 21, 2020 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #6

    Didn’t really say much but was very complimentary over Steve Bruce.

  • Hal

    May 21, 2020 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #7

    Haha.. John Barnes rapping on The football show.. brilliant.

  • Munster Mag

    May 21, 2020 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #8

    So Caulkin had poured a little cold water on us all.

    Feck it, i have booked a half day provisionally! 🙂

    I think we should all blame Robleenio for inflaming us! 🙂

  • Munster Mag

    May 21, 2020 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #9

    I suppose that means Wraith is right and Saudi TV jumped the gun?

  • ilovetoon8788

    May 21, 2020 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #10

    Lol. so it’s back to the waiting board then. so much for ‘imminent’.

    now let’s just wait for the weekly ‘by the end of next week’ annoucement. this has been going on for like what 5 weeks?

    no wonder people call nufc fans deluded.

  • geordietom

    May 21, 2020 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #11

    Steve Wraith , said my friends over there are saying bla bla bla . does he have any friends ? ..

  • TheTinman

    May 21, 2020 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #12

    St Max retweeted a link saying the deal was done then quickly removed. It’s happening today.

  • RobLeenio

    May 21, 2020 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #13

    When that plane from Saudi landed, the Newcastle Police Helicopter was hanging around.

    Of course, it could have been unrelated, or it could have been keeping eyes on the ground for extra security?


  • WLtoon

    May 21, 2020 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #14

    Cant wait much longer for this announcement , seriously got no nerves left.
    Staveley deserves recognition of the highest order for puling this off. Can see it now.

    Dame Amanda Staveley O.G.E

  • ilovetoon8788

    May 21, 2020 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #15

    Steve Bruce on the takeover today

    “If it’s good for Newcastle, and the club are going to try to compete with these teams, to be part of it would be great.
    “I would love to see it, and I’d love to be part of it.
    “I hope it’s where it goes, but in the meantime I’ll just crack on, wait, roll my sleeves up and get on with trying to get some results to try and get the club going forward.”

    hope he’s sacked/replaced as soon as takeover is done. more than capable to get us relegated still with him in charge.

  • the Northumbrian

    May 21, 2020 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #16

    Rob was that the Gulfstream that landed from stanstead just after 9am?

  • geordietom

    May 21, 2020 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #17

    another reason i got on the blog a bit later than usual been chatting to my Cousin in the states , he’s in Midland Michigan 2 Dams have burst could be under 9ft of water ,With a 3rd DAM to burst its banks ( imminent ) there’s that word again , State of emergency trump to visit today , and there my cousin waiting for news of the takeover more worry for him , excuse the pun . if it doesn’t rain it pours …

  • cupiddstunt

    May 21, 2020 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #18

    I don’t read Arabic so can’t confirm but 8.14 this morning



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