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Report – Bruce Told He Has No Money To Spend in January



With next month shaping up to be monumental for Newcastle’s season, there is a worrying report from The Telegraph’s Luke Edwards. According to the report, there is no money for reinforcements in January.

To compound matters, both Allan Saint-Maximin and Ryan Fraser could be out for much of next month. Saint-Maximin is still recovering from the after-effects of Covid and his return date is unknown. Fraser has picked up a groin injury which kept him out of the Manchester City defeat on Saturday.

Reports earlier this season suggested that Steve Bruce would be backed in January, if necessary. However, those claims have shifted significantly as this season has progressed with more recent reports indicating Bruce will only be able to bring in loans.


That is where Bruce is focusing after having been told that there will be no money for permanent signings, according to Edwards. Newcastle still have both domestic loan slots available as Bruce could favor bringing in Premier League proven players.

Unfortunately, it appears that any move for Tottenham’s Dele Alli is not one that is being considered. Newcastle cannot afford his wages and Alli is unwilling to come to the North East.

The recruitment team is also looking at players in Europe for possible loans with the option to buy, similar to the deals struck for Valentino Lazaro and Nabil Bentaleb last January.

This season is heading south very quickly and if Bruce is not backed in January, it could become a very slippery slope. Ashley has opened his wallet in the past when Newcastle have been in danger of a relegation fight.

Whether he’s willing to do that this time around with revenues down due to Covid remains to be seen.

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120 comments so far

  • Uncertain Toon/World

    Dec 28, 2020 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #1

    Another bad result for us if Palace can see this out!

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  • Swlabr

    Dec 28, 2020 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #2

    Jail…..sorry to hear about that set back. Hope you get sorted and properly fixed up fella.

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  • Northumbrian

    Dec 28, 2020 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #3

    Anyone hear that the man city match is off?.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Dec 28, 2020 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #4

    Jail

    Bloody hell, sorry to hear that, hope it all goes well and that is sorted out quickly.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Dec 28, 2020 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #5

    Missed bus.

    Lesh/Sing in Corner

    GTM

    Grand Tactical Master!

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  • Northumbrian

    Dec 28, 2020 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #6

    What’s happened with jail?.

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  • lesh

    Dec 28, 2020 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #7

    Uncertain Toon/World

    It’s that time of the year when a comfy gap begins to get smaller and smaller.

    Our very own Mr Motivator’s screwed if he’s pi$$ed players off while other clubs’ players respond to their managers.

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  • lesh

    Dec 28, 2020 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #8

    Repost

    Essex Geordie Bill

    You’ve got me knackered running after you.!

    Thanks for the heads up on GTM.

    A term that could only be applied to our very own world-beating coach……. in jest.

    ?

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  • Gothmog's Pyjamas

    Dec 28, 2020 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #9

    chelsea making major changes.
    zouma, James, Werner etc all out. Add to that there has been a game called off if i heard correctly and some FF teams will be all over the place…

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  • lesh

    Dec 28, 2020 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #10

    Northumbrian

    It’d be best you check the previous thread to find out about Jail.

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Dec 28, 2020 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #11

    No money to spend hahaha what a surprise NOT!! Joke club!

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  • Swlabr

    Dec 28, 2020 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #12

    Question: If any party buys a football club while it’s in the Championship, and that club then gets promoted to the Premiership, do the PL then swing into action and apply the O&D test on the owners?

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 28, 2020 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #13

    Northumbrian,
    In a nut shell that seemingly routine hernia op I had got undone by some festive boozing, I’d been avoidongbtye coedine they’d given me put couldn’t find my paracetamol so ended up taking the coedine and getting stick which has caused some internal bleeding.

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  • Northumbrian

    Dec 28, 2020 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #14

    Lesh, cheers mate i checked back and got the gen.

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  • AncientC

    Dec 28, 2020 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #15

    I haven’t watched much of Chelsea, but when I have, Werner has looked comical. Not surprised he’s been ‘rested’. I wouldn’t be shocked in the least if Villa did them over. Watkins looks bloodthirsty.

    Arsenal should have gained some confidence, so a win for Arteta should keep him in the job for our fixture. We are going to need every point we can get looking at the fixture list. Even Bruce should stand a chance of a point against an Arteta Arsenal.

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  • Northumbrian

    Dec 28, 2020 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #16

    Jail, sorry to hear that you’ll be OK in the Freeman, I ended up there after an op at the wansbeck and they did me fine.

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  • bro56

    Dec 28, 2020 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #17

    We’re a few places from the bottom so why would ashley spend… theres 72pts to play for. I reckon we’ll have enough in us to stay up

    Bruces comments have ended the season for me.

    Pointless wasting my time watching a club when its only ambition is survival. The players must be gutted too knowing their short careers are being wasted away

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Dec 28, 2020 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #18

    F**k off with trying to write something and a bloody you have won pops up – arghhhh

    Well no money then that is a surprise

    Relegation just about a certainty as our midfield is the worst by a country mile
    Does not create out old outdated gets passed by – desperate for at least two decent players to replace Hendrick, S Longstaff, Shelvey to name three.

    Ashley ain’t give a jot – no sale – no money – relegation – taken a big chance – cannot be lucky year after year

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Dec 28, 2020 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #19

    Lesh

    ‘A term that could only be applied to our very own world-beating coach……. in jest.’

    Indeed, although I’d bet that there are some who take my usage seriously! 🙂

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  • Gothmog's Pyjamas

    Dec 28, 2020 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #20

    Lets see what happens when we have played Leicester, Liverpool, Arsenal and Leeds by the 26th january.

    Can picture some last minute scrambling around to find loans to get in as we sit in or around the dropzone by then.

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  • toonluvva

    Dec 28, 2020 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #21

    Swlabr

    I would assume that a football club once legally owned would automatically qualify for the PL if they fulfil the requirements for promotion i.e. top 2 and win play offs.

    Should the PL fail to abide by their own rules I can foresee a massive legal suit which could see the PL wound up and huge compensation being paid.

    If there is any notion that the reason for refusal is based on the nationality of the owners a separate charge of racism would also be brought. That would make the PL stand against racism look very sick.

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  • Swlabr

    Dec 28, 2020 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #22

    Toon Luvva…. cheers.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 28, 2020 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #23

    The thing is The Bruce will publicly thank him for his support when he gets him Danny Drink.water

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  • Gothmog's Pyjamas

    Dec 28, 2020 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #24

    If PIF owned us and we got promoted i cant see there being a problem. Not saying the PL wouldnt try to cause one but they would only have 3 months maximum before the next season started and have to get everyone sorted long before kickoff.

    we could just do what they did this time and keep batting it down the road, it would be the EPL with the deadline they had to have clarity by in that case so cant see they would have time to reject it and reinstate another team etc.

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  • Not another deJong

    Dec 28, 2020 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #25

    Apart from being managed by Bruce what do Villa and S’land have in common with Newcastle that would create the circumstances for ‘mass hysteria’??

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  • Swlabr

    Dec 28, 2020 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #26

    GP….thanks. You and ToonLuvva confirmed what I suspected with the first sentence of your answers, I just wondered if there was some underlying technicality lurking. Cheers.

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  • peter5199

    Dec 28, 2020 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #27

    that is all we need

    Man City game tonight called off due to further Covid tests being positive.

    Remind me, when did we play Man City last?

    Only happens to us.

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  • lesh

    Dec 28, 2020 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #28

    Swlabr

    I think I’d read that if they haven’t already done so, the EPL and Championship are aiming to align the O&D criteria.

    So, if we go down and the consortium wanted to buy the club, they’d have to go through the same hoops.

    But the big questions would be would Staveley’s group be interested in buying a Championship club and the big one, would Ashley drop his price to reflect that status?

    In both cases, I think not.

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  • Great White Hunter

    Dec 28, 2020 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #29

    Hope everyone had a great Xmas, Jail I,m sure you will be fine in the Freeman, I,ve had 4 ops there including hernia,knee replacement etc…… good luck anyway, back to footy, unless we get some good news very soon We will be rock bottom and will struggle big style aqboost 9f

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  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Dec 28, 2020 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #30

    Steve Bruce is starting to really cop it now, as happens, the manager takes the heat, but the squad is hardly any better, and the owner far worse.

    We don’t know what’s going on behind the scenes. Is Bruce just playing ball with Ashley, or is he doggedly keeping things together to allow for a sale that’s imminent? He may not even know.

    We need a couple of decent loans in in January, and we do need to survive this season, as a priority, but ultimately we desperately need new owners, and with them a new manager, I don’t know that we need Steve Bruce’s head right now though, at all.

    He isn’t very good, but God know’s who they’d replace him with, if he were to go mid season, and God know’s how the players would respond.

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  • lesh

    Dec 28, 2020 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #31

    And Palace pick up a point as did Brighton and West Brom, Leeds got three while we got none!

    That gap between us and the relegation zone’s not looking too comfortable now and it’ll look even worse by the time the weekend’s out.

    A big thank you to our GTM, our own Mr Motivator.

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  • hibbit

    Dec 28, 2020 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #32

    “mind the gap”

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  • toonluvva

    Dec 28, 2020 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #33

    Lesh

    If you are correct about the EPL and Championship aligning their O&D tests, does that mean that the “Big 6” will have control over more clubs.

    If so, I can imagine the Monopoly Commission being asked to investigate.

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  • lesh

    Dec 28, 2020 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #34

    Nicky

    You’re darn right when you say that Bruce isn’t very good, but God know’s who they’d replace him with, if he were to go mid season, and God know’s how the players would respond.

    If he wanted to protect his investment and keep the club in the Prem, he should’ve paid Allardyce whatever it would take to get him for the rest of the season. Or, the unthinkable, pay up Rafa’s contract and get him back.

    Without action, the sale of the club is in jeopardy.

    But, oh no, he’d rather take a chance on Charmless and Barnes’ judgement.

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  • lesh

    Dec 28, 2020 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #35

    toonluvva

    Put it this way, if we’re relegated then that gives the big six and the EPL another year to develop a variant on Project Greed.

    That being so, I can’t see Staveley’s lot and especially PIF coming back in to buy the club.

    Given all that’s at stake, it’s astonishing that Ashley’s prepared to take what is a massive risk in retaining Bruce.

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  • toonluvva

    Dec 28, 2020 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #36

    I am increasingly beginning to believe that if the take over doesn’t go through and our Beloved Owner wins his compensation case, he will sell off all our better players and recoup his investment through the parachute payments as we plunge to Division 2 in consecutive seasons.

    Forget free advertising at SJP, he will be looking to extract his revenge on the Toon fans.

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  • lesh

    Dec 28, 2020 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #37

    toonluvva

    You mentioned the Monopolies Commission and that’s the road the fan group’s case is going down.

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  • Mund

    Dec 28, 2020 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #39

    Would you look at that Jaffa even Neil is reporting on it….

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  • Uncertain Toon/World

    Dec 28, 2020 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #40

    Lesh,

    Reading that Puke Edwards story saying the players are all for Bruce, playing for him etc.

    I think that’s bollox, I don’t buy that at all mate. Puke is just pushing his and Bruce’s joint narrative.

    Wouldn’t surprise me if the covid outbreak within the playing staff came from them having after work get together discussing the Bruce and what they’re going to do.

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