There have been some murmurs over the past couple of weeks that Steve Bruce was not thrilled with the club’s refusal to bring in a couple of additions on deadline day. That decision left Newcastle as the only Premier League club not to strengthen from last season.
Newcastle United released a statement last week in which they attempted to justify the underwhelming transfer window. In that statement, the capture of Joe Willock was put forth as proof positive the club was willing to do whatever it took to improve.
The statement also contained references to ‘internal parties’ and their foreknowledge that the club would only spend what it generated for transfers. While they broke some rules on the Willock transfer, ultimately the season played behind closed doors without supporters prevented even a domestic loan to come in on deadline day.
That was the crux of the statement released by Newcastle United on this summer’s transfer window. During his press conference for Manchester United, Bruce was asked a number of questions about his feelings on the transfer window as well as the club’s statement.
Football Daily has tweeted a minute of Bruce’s testy exchanges with some journalists over the transfer window. From his demeanor, it appears that Bruce has come to accept the situation but was probably left stung by the club’s refusal to bring in at least one player on loan.
? "I wanted to try and bring in a couple of players to add to the squad and it wasn't possible, end of. What can I do about it?"
Steve Bruce was asked about the statement Newcastle released to justify why they only made one signing this summer pic.twitter.com/y5q2i9W59G
— Football Daily (@footballdaily) September 10, 2021
Here is a transcript of Bruce’s comments from the video:
“My job is to always try and improve the squad and to never be satisfied. Never. I thought a couple of additions to the squad on loan would help us enormously. Unfortunately, it wasn’t possible to do that.”
“It is what it is. It doesn’t make any difference if I’m comfortable or whatever. It is what it is.”
“The policy, you’ve just seen the policy with the statement, haven’t you? The policy’s been written in front of you and is pretty clear as far as I’m concerned.
“I wanted to try and bring in a couple of players to add to the squad and it wasn’t possible, end of. What can I do about it?”