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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

  • The Prince's Mate

    Sep 12, 2021 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #41

    Thanks jib

  • onmeedsun

    Sep 12, 2021 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #42

    She looked a lot taller than her opponent. 5’8” is a perfect height for a woman tennis player. Height gives her big wingspan, more dangerous serve, without losing mobility and agility. I watched the whole match and enjoyed it every bit as watching a men’s match, and it wasn’t just about those legs! The greatest sporting achievement by any Brit in my view. Shoe in for SPOTY. A joy to watch her and to see how much she enjoyed it as well.

  • The Prince's Mate

    Sep 12, 2021 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #43

    I waited all day to watch it but fell asleep….nowt to do with the couple of shandies I consumed…damn

  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 12, 2021 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #44

    Djokovic is probably going to cement his position as GOAT this evening.

  • Rotonda heights

    Sep 12, 2021 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #45

    Shearer is very right when he says the club is hollow and lacks any ambition.
    What he neglects to say, however, is that his pal Bruce defines that lack of ambition more than anything else ever could! Imagine one other club in the PL who would employ him. From Rafa to bruce is for me the biggest ”downgrade” ever made in sporting history.

    Now we are told to believe, by the man who previously drove 10,000 fans away, that it is the chronicle who has influenced us to negatively think he is s–t !!! We couldn’t possibly have reached that conclusion ourselves, it was all the chronic’s doing. It couldn’t possibly be any of his own multiple failings…..oh no.

    If you look at bruce’s pressers you can see a guy spiralling out of control manically wanting to chin someone. He is too thick and self entitled to cope with the idea that he isn’t up to it, never was and never will be. Constantly insulting the fans will never end well but p-ssing off the fat controller after earlier saying NUFC ”have gone above and beyond” isn’t too clever either.

  • cleveleysbob

    Sep 12, 2021 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #46

    Jail, I didn’t answer your point about 3+ goals per game against as I largely agree with what you said.

    What worries me are the late game collapses. Are we just really unfit? Can we not play at full potential beyond 60 – 70 minutes? This seems to be the time we go from being in a game to being on the end of another rout.

    Are the opposition managers making better use of subs? Let’s face it, under MA’s world view of football, subs are an unnecessary expense to be avoided if possible. That’s why most other PL teams have “bench warmers” that would sail into our 1st 11.

    Something is clearly wrong as we are incapable of seeing a game out atm. If we are unfit at this time in the season, then the fitness and coaching team should be having some hard questions asked, we’ve only played 4 PL games!!

  • Zhongguo Geordie

    Sep 12, 2021 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #47

    You have to worry about Brucies health. He doesn’t look in great shape and he’s as red as a tomato. 5 years of utter failure and fan hatred and protests from us and Villa must be pushing him to the limits of the human stress threshhold. He shouldn’t take jobs that are too big for him. He could have been happy with small teams with no hope, pushing for play off places.

  • Zhongguo Geordie

    Sep 12, 2021 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #48

    4 games. 5 goals for. 12 against.

    Who did Bruce say coaches the defence?

  • lochinvar

    Sep 12, 2021 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #49

    Bruce seems quietly confident, even competent at striking discord. That rather suggests that he’s engineering his position as being untenable and goading Ashley into paying him off, which he wont’, yet.

    None of which is good for my health.
    Only consolation is that Emma might persuade me back to a tennis court and I can paint Ashley’s face on my balls, if you see what I mean.

  • hibbit

    Sep 12, 2021 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #50

    at the moment we don’t have anyone within the coaching team/staff with either the power or the ability to question the practices or procedures being implement by Bruce, the players are clearly not fit enough for the rigors of the premiership, clearly not a good sign for the season ahead,

  • jane

    Sep 12, 2021 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #51

    “with either the power or the ability to question the practices or procedures being implement by Bruce”


  • cleveleysbob

    Sep 12, 2021 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #52

    Ashley or Charnley should be asking “what’s going on?”

    Basic coaching 101 irrespective of sport involved, make sure everyone’s at peak fitness levels.

    If that’s not the case, surely that’s negligent and sackable without compensation?

    Being unfit causes more injuries… Hmm I wonder who that sounds like? 🙂

  • lesh

    Sep 12, 2021 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #53



    Jane being controversial? Of course.

    Posts range from the banal to the controversial depending on how much attention she gets. The less attention posts attract, the more provocative they become.

    She must lead a very lonely existence.

  • Toon Tang

    Sep 12, 2021 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #54

    Bruce just pissed off he has to leave Manchester after the game


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