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Bruce Admits ‘Big Decisions’ Needed On Current Squad As Survival Remains Paramount



Newcastle suffered a setback yesterday against Arsenal as they failed to capitalize on a golden chance of smothering Fulham’s survival hopes. A win and Newcastle would have been twelve points clear with just four matches remaining. Fulham would have had to run the table for any chance of survival.

However, that chance has gone wasted, and barring an unlikely win at Leicester on Friday, Newcastle will have to keep one eye on Fulham’s next few fixtures. So the apprehensive wait for survival, while still very likely, nonetheless lingers on.

The poor showing yesterday aside, Newcastle still must press with at least preliminary planning for this summer. Some targets seem to have been identified and there are plenty of decisions to be rendered with the current squad.

Newcastle have a few players out of contract this summer and others entering the final year of their deals. So there’s quite a bit to do over the next few months even with the expectation that the transfer budget will be paltry at best.

Steve Bruce spoke a little about the contract situation with some of his players after yesterday’s defeat against the Gunners. It seems that much of the focus is on clinching survival before certain decisions are made.

This is what Bruce said about Fabian Schar’s future along with the current thinking on contract extensions as published in The Northern Echo:

“With Fab Schar, I think there’s a clause in his contract where we can extend it. I believe that’s the case.

“With all of those decisions, there’s obviously discussions to be had when the season is done and dusted. We’re not done and dusted yet, but of course, there are big, difficult decisions to make.

“In every football club, that’s part and parcel of it. Yes, we’ve got some big decisions to make.”

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452 comments so far

  • lochinvar

    May 3, 2021 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #1

    Bruce isn’t sure if there is or there isn’t a clause in Schar’s contract?
    And he’s discussing an employee’s contract in public?

    Surely that’s a beach of Confidence.

    Any other business and that’s a dismissable offence?

    How not to run a business.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 3, 2021 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #2

    I missed the bus, not worth the repost or even looking back to read it to be honest 😀

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  • carltoon

    May 3, 2021 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #3

    Martoon, i think it’s the entitled elitism of these fans, who really only care about themselves, it would be uproar if our fans ever thought like this. They aren’t doing it for the good of the sport, they’re doing it because they aren’t too dog year after year. Man city taking over. Would we be bothered if we were winning things, probably not, apparently we just want a team that tries, . I wonder, I would love to find out.

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  • carltoon

    May 3, 2021 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #4

    Entitled elitism!!! Is there such a thing, or have i made that up 😮

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  • carltoon

    May 3, 2021 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #5

    WorB come on phrase of the day.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 3, 2021 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #6

    We’re 100% going to lose the next two and I think Leicester are going to give us our heaviest tonking of the season as we’re due one. We’ll need to beat SHU to secure our safety, I honestly thought we’d get something off Arsenal. We’ll never know if the players deliberately done that so the manager wouldn’t get credit for their upturn in form.

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  • jimiley

    May 3, 2021 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #7

    Arsenal are the Toon whipping boys.
    Last 18 games and 17 wins.
    Hard to believe but it isnt really.
    Manure can drum up a proper protest after one week. And they win things. We have managed a few songs a few years ago by a couple of hundred juveniles in the Haymarket and then they troop off to support the team but not the regime.Pathetic really after 14 years of dross and mega profits for the owner.
    But what can you expect from wimps who complain that they cannot do anything because they have paid for their tickets.?? Jokers.
    They deserve all they get. A lot more to come for many more seasons.
    Have we been sold yet???? hahaha

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 3, 2021 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #8

    Nobody has answered me yet despite asking about three times, did Bruce win manager of the month for April?

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  • WLtoon

    May 3, 2021 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #9

    Toon fans losing heart by the minute of a brighter future 🙁

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  • WLtoon

    May 3, 2021 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #10

    Of the hopes of a brighter future, Damn txt

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    May 3, 2021 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #11

    Jail
    True Fergie stuck up for them as long as he got the money to spend.
    Somewhere along the line there is a happy medium about how much a club spends for success.
    Abramovich put the cat among the pigeons when he bought Chelsea and clubs tried to match and keep up then along came the Arabs and Man City.
    Whilst Ashley has gone the other way and spent as little as possible by selling our best players and bringing in inferior players to balance the books.
    Boycotts don’t think they work as you get the raggies joining in like yesterday.
    Somehow the fans in this Country have got to cut off the serpents head TV and the broadcasting abroad – money they pay for rights. If not I can see these teams pampering to the Far East fans by playing games in their countries.
    Squad
    Whole new midfield – lock stock and barrel – get rid of the lot not up to Premiership standard. But alas Ashley would not sanction a big spend

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 3, 2021 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #12

    Did Bruce win manager of the month in April?

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  • carltoon

    May 3, 2021 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #13

    Jimmily at least a hundred juveniles tried. Don’t watch the games if it makes you mad take up knitting. Whinge away, you deserve all you get, don’t support the team no one’s making you.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 3, 2021 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #14

    Charlie,
    If Ashley is still here and Man U keep protesting then we have to 100% follow suit, especially if they’re successful. I just hope they don’t sell to PiF 😕

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  • jimiley

    May 3, 2021 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #15

    Carltoon
    Keep supporting the team and not the regime. You will feel a lot better for it. But try to put to the back of your mind Ashleys next high street purchase and who is paying for it. Who do you think pays for his helicopter?

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  • carltoon

    May 3, 2021 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #16

    Some ones killing the game, Money ! It’s not the fans,

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    May 3, 2021 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #17

    @Jail

    I don’t think its been announced yet for manager of the month?

    Is it true Bruce has never won it before? Not really that surprising mind you

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  • coming home

    May 3, 2021 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #18

    Jail

    Hasn’t been announced yet but apparently he is in the running

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  • Wor B

    May 3, 2021 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #19

    Aye I’ve noticed.

    From describing Tsunki’s style as “acerbic wit” the other day and now throwing in “entitled elitism”.

    Phrase of the day goes to carltoon’s new script writer!

    Kidding! Well done carltoon.

    🙂

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  • jimiley

    May 3, 2021 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #20

    If you buy a season ticket for 20 seasons and do not moan you can have a free ride in his helicopter above the ground. Laughing at us all the way to the bank. Support the team not the regime..whats the betting on JJ getting another 5 years on 80K a week?

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  • carltoon

    May 3, 2021 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #21

    Jimmily !!! IS IT ME
    Christ i didn’t think I was that rich. Well I’ve got about another couple of seasons, then I’ll be to old. I don’t pay anyway. but even I did I stop listening , it used to bother me, but for Christ sake WHO CARES. Go don’t go PROTEST don’t protest. I give up.

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  • sing in the corner

    May 3, 2021 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #22

    WL
    If you’re still around.
    1.1 eh?
    2 good goals and some decent football.

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  • sing in the corner

    May 3, 2021 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #23

    YESSSS!
    2.1

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  • jimiley

    May 3, 2021 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #24

    Its a tough game trying to beat Arsenal at walking pace. The central midfield can only amble about anyway at the best of times and the rest of the team never tried to run. They think they are safe and that justifies not turning up and getting paid. Sums up everything that is wrong here. 17th is the aim. Eventually you fall short and finish 18th or worse.

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  • carltoon

    May 3, 2021 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #25

    Ok whatever, but there’s no way I’d fly in his helicopter, i hate flying, i might have trip in his yacht that I’ve apparently bought I’ll give you a wave. 🙂

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    May 3, 2021 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #26

    Jail
    Football and the Premiership are at a crossroads and all of their own making.
    Be interesting if any punishment is given out to the greedy six and if this government knew of the deal???

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  • sing in the corner

    May 3, 2021 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #27

    NO!
    2.2

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  • WLtoon

    May 3, 2021 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #28

    Sing,

    Excellent game but i cant get a stream for the game , listening on th radio.

    By the way. GET IN 2-2 aha

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 3, 2021 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #29

    Cheers lads, hope he doesn’t like.

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  • WLtoon

    May 3, 2021 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #30

    Thought Bielsa would of won Aprils MOTM until that shite display the other night

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  • sing in the corner

    May 3, 2021 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #31

    WL
    Bielsa would be unlucky not to get manager of the season never mind the month I reckon

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  • sing in the corner

    May 3, 2021 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #32

    Bruce might just pip him though
    Ha..

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  • Mund

    May 3, 2021 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #33

    Don’t let him get to you carltoon 🙂 you are a legacy fan end of the day nobody can say anything to fans like yourself and what you have given for over 50 years.

    Always stand proud

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  • lesh

    May 3, 2021 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #34

    Bruceyboy’s shown he’s not the best at setting up defensively so why doesn’t he set up to attack? There’d be a better chance of getting a point or three and judging by yesterday’s performance, there’d be nothing to lose.

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  • Mister Tuff

    May 3, 2021 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #35

    If the Glazers have obtained billions from Man U it will/would be interesting to find out how much Mr Tubbs has “extracted” from the club – exactly.
    Cannot go by accounts he publishes – the passage of time may reveal it – but not currently holding my breath.

    Need to explore whether any other teams/clubs were interfering in the directors test for the takeover. Smell a rat here.

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  • carltoon

    May 3, 2021 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #36

    I deserve it for biting, 😮

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  • lesh

    May 3, 2021 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #37

    ManU supporters issue demands on the Glazers and if the owners don’t respond by Friday, there’ll be more protests. They’re demanding involvement in a review of how tje club’s run and fan involement.

    Lovely ideas but aren’t the ManU fan reps getting a bit big for their boots? Who do they think they are?

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  • Mister Tuff

    May 3, 2021 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #38

    The Mrs is just about to nip out to do some shopping.

    Lesh – any shops selling that dodgy Trump chicken – so I can tell the Mrs to avoid.

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  • carltoon

    May 3, 2021 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #39

    Ha ha i can give as much as I get.

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    May 3, 2021 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #40

    I think a lot of our problems under Bruce would be solved if we basically could lump in 2 players as good as Kante in midfield 🙂

    I do think with the current formation we have if we could put Willock in there with another like Connor Gallagher or even a Naitland-Miles we would be so much better balanced with proper pace and work rate they are just as good on the ball as Shelvey too

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