When you a manager, you often get what you expect from a player or employee.
So if you don’t think they are very good, that’s what you get.
On the other hand, if you really rate a player they usually start playing well.
And that seems to be what happened with Jonjo Shelvey under the guidance of Newcastle manager Steve Bruce.
Bruce has always rated Shelvey and Jonjo has played well for Newcastle this season.
It seems that Jonjo has a slight injury at the moment, so he may not start tonight against Manchester City in the FA Cup quarter-final.
This is what Steve Bruce said about the midfielder (shown above) in the Chronicle today:
“He scored the equalizer against Man City.”
“Jonjo is a very good footballer who has bought into everything we’ve tried to do.”
“Physically and the way he is, he has always had a natural football ability because that has come easy to him.”
“It’s the other side we have worked on him physically and mentally.”
“Jonjo has been a very good player for me.”
“Certainly this season he has been very good in general.”
“I only judge him on the performances he has put in for me.”
“I think he has carried an injury in previous times during previous seasons.”
“I don’t think that ever does you any favors and I think he’s learned that.”
“You have to be 100% right.” “Especially a game of this magnitude, against Man City.”
“The sports science is quite incredible now.” “We set him targets to go and hit and improve in training.”
“Jonjo is right up there. Physically he’s put himself in really good condition.”
“He has a bit of a niggle and we’ll see how he is but a fit and healthy Jonjo gives us a very good footballer.”
Shelvey recently signed a new contract that will keep him at the club for another three years.
But if we get new owners, it’s not clear if Steve Bruce will be at Newcastle next season: that’s even if we do very well through the end of this season.
One-third of our fans think we will lose the game tonight.