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Bruce’s Clashes With Local Journalists Overshadows The Few Positives From Saturday



Newcastle held strong against Manchester United for around 70 minutes yesterday. But fatigue set in and the class of the hosts just proved too much to handle for The Magpies. The Red Devils piled on with some late goals for a 4-1 win, which wasn’t an accurate reflection of the match.

However, that was the final score as Newcastle’s defense again looked like a sieve. We’ve now conceded an average of three goals a game over our first four league matches. After not strengthening on deadline day, there is much work to be done if Newcastle are going to pull themselves out of this mire.


There were some positives at Old Trafford yesterday. The ultra-disciplined gameplan was working quite well until Freddie Woodman spilled a deflected shot from Mason Greenwood into the path of Ronaldo. It was Freddie’s first big mistake in goal for Newcastle and it cost us big time.

However, the lads fought back in the second half to level the match with a superb goal from Javier Manquillo, his first in a Newcastle shirt. But as we’ve seen so often this season, our opponents were quick to answer to burst the short-lived bubble.

Ronaldo put The Red Devils in front again after a quick counter. Woodman should have done better as the ball, which was well struck, went through his legs. It was a difficult afternoon for the young goalkeeper.

Then the class of the hosts took over the proceedings as Newcastle ran out of gas. They put two more in for the lopsided win. The afternoon turned from hesitant hope into complete darkness.

After the match, Bruce was pleased with some aspects of the performance but again expressed disappointment with the defense. Here is what he said as published in The Mail:

“There were a lot of positives to take out of the performance, but defensively we’re not doing enough.

“It’s a shame because up to half-time I can’t remember our keeper making a save. We get punished by a little deflection and the goalkeeper spills it and Ronaldo has tap-in which is cruel on us.”

Unfortunately, that was not the extent of Bruce’s post-match comments as he clashed with some local journalists during an online press conference. The pressure seems to be getting to the head coach as once again a section of fans jeered him with ‘Bruce Out’ chants.

Miles Starforth of The Shields Gazette asked Bruce about those chants. This time Bruce didn’t give a magnanimous response. He expressed his displeasure with the question saying the following:

“What can I say to that? What do you want me to say? I’m delighted about it? I can’t comment on that, I’m sorry.”

It was Lee Ryder’s turn next. When the Chronicle’s lead writer’s name was called, Bruce’s countenance changed and you could tell the answer wasn’t going to be pretty. It wasn’t.

Ryder asked Bruce about the preparation for the match and him taking a holiday for the first week of the international break. Ryder phrased the question as from the fans and not necessarily him. However, Bruce’s response left no doubt to his feelings of the newspaper’s coverage of his tenure.

This was some of Bruce’s response to Ryder:

“I really have to answer that to you. That’s what the fans are asking are they? It’s typical of the questions I get off you.

“We trained all week, we were in every day. Our preparation was meticulous, let me tell you.

“What was I supposed to do when I had six of them away? The preparation was fine. You can see the game plan we worked to.”

It’s unfortunate that Bruce reacted this way as it pushes much of the positives from yesterday’s match into the background. While the final 20 minutes may have already done that, Bruce has to drop these personal clashes with journalists. It doesn’t help him nor this team whatsoever.

You can watch the exchanges with The Athletic’s Chris Waugh, The Shield Gazette’s Miles Starforth, and The Chronicle’s Lee Ryder below.

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54 comments so far

  • Ron Knee

    Sep 12, 2021 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #1

    “It is what it is.”

    2
  • Rotonda heights

    Sep 12, 2021 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #2

    wy

    hear what you say but god i couldn’t stomach allardyce again.

    4
  • JP...from The Rock

    Sep 12, 2021 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #3

    Bruce out of his depth cleary but his gameplan was working very well yesterday until Woodman fkd us. It has to be said.

    7
  • hibbit

    Sep 12, 2021 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #4

    Jail its my opinion that the leeds game could easily turn into the biggest demonstration protest the club has every had …. so no i don’t think he has a clue whats coming,

    14
  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 12, 2021 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #5

    hibbit,
    Because they’re about to go on sale to the general public meaning anyone can buy them. They’ll easily sell their 3K allocation and there will be pi$$ed up Leeds fans arriving in the town from about midday all with tickets all over the ground 😕

    2
  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 12, 2021 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #6

    On the plus side we’re not due a 3+ hiding for another three games 😕

    5
  • Rotonda heights

    Sep 12, 2021 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #7

    If a reporter persisted with a line of questioning you could almost see bruce offering them outside like carver did to the fans and then having a heart attack.
    The guy is a thuggish obese oaf / bully boy with all the charm and intellect of a dead fish.

    14
  • Munster Mag

    Sep 12, 2021 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #8

    Jesus for the first time in so long I go out on the beer in limerick last night and end up sitting beside the loudest scouser ever. What a horrible accent. We ended up changing pubs 🙂

    Day do do don’t dey do? Alright la?

    4
  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 12, 2021 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #9

    RH,
    His biggest comfort and the cause of his smug arrogance was the support of Churnley and Ashley. Having his pants pulled down in public by one or both of them can’t have helped ease the pressure on him at all. The players must know that he’s not happy and it has to have an effect on them too. If they won’t sack him and he won’t walk then it’s going to get very messy.

    18
  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 12, 2021 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #10

    Did you discuss the size of Rafa’s hands with him Munster?

    17
  • Munster Mag

    Sep 12, 2021 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #11

    I looked at the article and part of me thinks that it’s hardly surprising. Most managers won’t react well. But his Aggressive approach, it just does him no favours. Why did he take a holiday?? His own fault.

    2
  • Bills Son Is Back

    Sep 12, 2021 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #12

    If we had luck last year we’ve had none this year.

    That doesn’t mean we deserve more than what we’ve got but a deflection and a spill to give Ronaldo a tap in and Man U an underserved half time lead is typical of how nowt has gone for us this season so far.

    In every game we have had spells where we have played better football and looked more threatening than the oppo, we won games last season doing neither.

    The only positive I can take from our points total is that, despite or because of Bruce, team spirit still seems strong. I actually think we could give a team a 3-4-0 run around if we combine the good play we have shown with our fair share of luck.

    Let’s hope it’s against Leeds.

    4
  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 12, 2021 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #13

    It would be interesting to know how many other managers went on holiday at the same time.

    9
  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 12, 2021 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #14

    Bill’s,
    When you’re conceding, on average three goals a game then you need a bit more than luck.

    17
  • DrGloom

    Sep 12, 2021 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #15

    Munster – what else was he supposed to do, 6 players were away on international duty and some of them make the subs bench so we can’t train without them as the other 19 are useless … Give Bruce a break , he worked all ( most of ) last week

    4
  • jane

    Sep 12, 2021 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #16

    if you can’t take a holiday during the international break when can you.

    3
  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 12, 2021 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #17

    Watford at home, Fulham, Man U, Everton, Soton and Leicester put 3+ past us in three and a quarter seasons. We have conceded 3+ on no fewer than 18 times under SB in just two seasons. He was a defender who inherited the leagues 7th best defence two years in a row.

    12
  • Optimistic prime

    Sep 12, 2021 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #18

    Constant negativity lol, from the guy who plays 5 at the back and has 4 keepers in the squad.

    What a larf

    5
  • Optimistic prime

    Sep 12, 2021 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #19

    Jane

    The off season, like most managers players etc do.

    I know people say a team isn’t made up of one player but I’m sure it aint made of six.
    Pp

    7
  • toon22

    Sep 12, 2021 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #20

    Weve gotten a hammering every game so far this season
    Leeds is going to be a nightmare isnt it

    At this rate we will be relegated by Chrimbo , seems inevitable

    3
  • onmeedsun

    Sep 12, 2021 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #21

    Bruce needed a break due to his excessive workload during the pre season bringing in new players. And not having Jones there meant he actually had to coach pre season.

    5
  • hibbit

    Sep 12, 2021 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #22

    who were the 6 players away on internatinal duty i can only think of 6 ??

    1
  • hibbit

    Sep 12, 2021 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #23

    FIVE

    1
  • Jimmy Mac74

    Sep 12, 2021 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #24

    If we had 6 players injured does that mean there’s no point in doing training for the rest? Just trying to get my head around Bruce logic here…

    11
  • jane

    Sep 12, 2021 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #25

    “When the international break comes around it only means one thing for those stars not selected by their nation… holiday time.”

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-5519351/Footballers-head-holiday-international-break.html

    1
  • toon22

    Sep 12, 2021 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #26

    Jane

    Definitely going to be tough trying to convince people to be positive about the cack on offer

    7
  • jane

    Sep 12, 2021 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #27

    toon22 the next 5 games are crucial. we must get some points.

    0
  • Jimmy Mac74

    Sep 12, 2021 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #28

    Jane

    A competent manager would take a team that has started as badly as us and use the 2 week break as bonus time to work on tactics, fitness and morale.

    19
  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 12, 2021 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #29

    Jimmy Mac74,
    jane knows this all too well. She posted what she did to be controversial.

    17
  • Munster Mag

    Sep 12, 2021 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #30

    As per chronicle I wonder if we wud consider the Swansea boss. Seems to be building a name for himself. If charnley was smart and creative, we can still get a decent manager, irrespective of Ashley.

    3
  • Jimmy Mac74

    Sep 12, 2021 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #31

    Quoting the Daily Fail isn’t really controversial. Some proof reading would have done them a favour as Evra and Terry have been retired for a while now… but I guess “Bloke with money takes a holiday” isn’t quite as interesting.

    2
  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 12, 2021 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #32

    Jimmy Mac74,
    I was referring to her comment #16

    0
  • jane

    Sep 12, 2021 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #33

    were the players on holiday too or just Bruce?

    1
  • jane

    Sep 12, 2021 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #34

    “use the 2 week break as bonus time to work on tactics, fitness and morale.”

    he’s got coaches to do that stuff.

    0
  • Jimmy Mac74

    Sep 12, 2021 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #35

    If the players were on holiday that’s disgraceful given where we sit in the table. If they weren’t on holiday and the time was being used wisely i.e. training, then WTF is Bruce doing away from it all? Was it a reward to himself for the amazing start to the season.

    11
  • Jimmy Mac74

    Sep 12, 2021 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #36

    “use the 2 week break as bonus time to work on tactics, fitness and morale.”

    he’s got coaches to do that stuff.

    What are his responsibilities exactly?

    11
  • The Prince's Mate

    Sep 12, 2021 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #37

    I’ve just realised who the luckiest guy on the planet is….Will Herbert…Emma Raducanu’s physio…luck get….no I’m sure he deserves his position..not…twot

    1
  • onmeedsun

    Sep 12, 2021 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #38

    Radacanu
    Bright girl and some athlete. You can tell by the way she walks. And those legs, wow!
    I used to think women players would need to have great upper body strength to compete in today’s game, but the power those 2 generated from their legs and sheer racquet speed was awesome. Brilliant rallies.
    Never thought I’d ever see a Brit win a grand slam, but now seen Murray win 3 and now Emma. Just great for local tennis clubs.

    8
  • jane

    Sep 12, 2021 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #39

    “Standing at 5’8”, Raducanu is extremely strong and is a fan of sharing clips of her gruelling weight training and gym regime on Instagram.

    According to her British teammate, Heather Watson, Emma hip-thrusts 200kg – something she says “most of the guys couldn’t do.””

    https://www.express.co.uk/sport/tennis/1489804/Emma-raducanu-training-gym-workout-regime-us-open-final-evg

    4
  • The Prince's Mate

    Sep 12, 2021 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #40

    Anyone with access to BT sport might fancy a look at Spezia v Udinese…into 2nd half, no goals but they sure know how to show the world how to defend…one of the best 0-0 half’s I’ve watched in a while

    2


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