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‘It Is What It Is’ – Bruce Responds To NUFC’s Statement On Summer Transfer Window



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.

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?”

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141 comments so far

  • GeordieTwo

    Sep 10, 2021 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #121

    Thanks to our quick start this season my Respect The Point campaign in on again. This is a time to give thanks to our many blessings as NUFC supporters. Let’s see there’s the point…… there’s the brilliant manager…. errm brilliant MD? Help me oot here lads!!!

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  • GeordieTwo

    Sep 10, 2021 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #122

    is on again that is. Yes lads it’s time to show our gratitude to the Point.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Sep 10, 2021 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #123

    This beautiful point is keeping us out of the bottom three! Amazing really what a point can do for you.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Sep 10, 2021 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #124

    Is anybody else ready to share their feelings aboot the Point?

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  • onmeedsun

    Sep 10, 2021 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #125

    I’m afraid our manager is neither a tactically astute one, a developer of youth, or an intelligent man who knows what to say and when to say it. He’s just another good ex player who’s managed to steal a living as a manager these past 20 years. Thankfully they’re a dying breed as to manage most PL clubs intelligence is a prerequisite. The Potters, Franks, Hassenthuls etc. Progressive clubs find these guys and let them prove their worth. Our problem is we will never attract a manager like that whilst Ashley is the top man.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Sep 10, 2021 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #126

    By the end of October I feel fairly certain we’ll have yet another point. It’s that quick when you support this club! I can barely keep up….

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  • GeordieTwo

    Sep 10, 2021 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #127

    Many of you are saying “now hold onto your saddle bags hombre! Wor Brucie didn’t say anything aboot a second point.” I realize that but I’ve just got this feeling that a second point is oot there waiting for us to snap it up.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Sep 10, 2021 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #128

    Does everyone realise that this will be our 1000th Premier League game?

    Probably be celebrated with large dollops of Mint sauce!

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  • GeordieTwo

    Sep 10, 2021 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #129

    Well said edsun. We did attract Rafa but who else of any use would stick their neck out with us now? We’re on very shaky ground indeed with a sulky, petulant, childlike owner.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Sep 10, 2021 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #130

    So I see nobody else wants to share with us aboot the Point. I have to say it takes me back to the days when we had one point after 7 or 8 matches with Rafa in a particularly bad start to a season. I wasn’t worried then but I am now with this mutton chop in charge.

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  • onmeedsun

    Sep 10, 2021 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #131

    Just seen an article in the Athletic about Leicester’s new £100m training facility. The contrast between them and us is sickening. That’s what you get with ambition and employing competent people. And I reckon most of that’s been self funded via astute signings and selling players on for huge profits. It’s called a strategy and a business model Ashley.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Sep 10, 2021 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #132

    What we do not want to do tomorrow is get an early goal, we need to hang on till the 96 minute and and Joel get a lucky rebound to win the game despite the extra ten minutes the ref will allow after that.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Sep 10, 2021 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #133

    Our long term strategy for success involves getting a point every month or two and then making up some excuses (the grass was cut wrong, there’s a jock itch outbreak among the players, we couldn’t find any better fool to take over as manager as Joe Kinnear wasn’t available and so on.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Sep 10, 2021 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #134

    onmeedsun

    Please reread my previous comments about dead horses!

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  • GeordieTwo

    Sep 10, 2021 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #135

    Having Leicester in the same division as us is very embarrassing (for them I would think). A well run club who win things and do a wonderful job of developing players compared with a hopelessly poorly run club owned by a buffoon who only hires other buffoons.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Sep 10, 2021 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #136

    G2 please be careful making a virtue about that point, you are beginning to sound like an Ashlie apologist and you will have toon22 on your case! 🙂

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  • GeordieTwo

    Sep 10, 2021 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #137

    How do we avoid the bottom three this season? It’s going to be difficult. Some of our better players will have to lead the way. Goal scoring will be a problem if Wilson misses half the games as he probably will. Defense has already been a problem. The midfield has struggled. Hmmm other than that we haven’t really got going have we?

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  • GeordieTwo

    Sep 10, 2021 at 7:27 PM

    Comment #138

    I do apologize to everyone for us having a buffoon as owner Essex. Everyone will just have to put up with that! We do seem to be in the era of buffoonery. Everywhere you look there are pinheads trying to run countries or sports clubs or political parties. Apparently the only qualification required is that the less you know the better. Our man Mikey is at the top of that pile along with a few other nasty pieces of business.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Sep 10, 2021 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #139

    I’d like to see Darlow up front as our main striker, ASM in goal so that he can dribble his way from the goal area, a cunning pass to Jonjo who then from 90 yards sticks the ball onto Darlows head to score,

    You know that makes sense TFG, no need to thank me!

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  • lesh

    Sep 11, 2021 at 1:57 AM

    Comment #140

    Jail et al

    Don’t confuse ToonDarnSuth with toonarmydownsouth. The latter’s a totally different kettle of fish.

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  • arpeco19

    Sep 11, 2021 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #141

    Absolutely despise this bloke and how the hell he has stolen a living as a well paid “football manager” beggars belief. There is nothing about him that can endear you to him… I’m absolutely gutted he is our manager..

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