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Bruce Coping With Three Fresh Knocks Ahead Of Crucial Leeds Match

After four matches, Newcastle sit 19th in the EPL table on just one point and a goal difference of -7. It was largely considered a beneficial start when the schedule was released early in the summer.

The Magpies have failed to put in a complete performance with our defensive liabilities on full display. That was again the case this past weekend as we fell 4-1 at Manchester United. Though, the final score was a bit harsh on the lads.

Bruce changed the formation to a 5-4-1 after deploying the 5-3-2 in pre-season and all our matches in August. So the shape-shifting we saw so much of last season has returned. The game plan was effective until The Red Devils found their breakthrough just before the break.

Unfortunately, it was an off-day for Freddie Woodman, who should have done better on Ronaldo’s two strikes. To his credit, the 24-year-old has held his hands up and admitted it was not good enough on his Instagram account which Newcastle have tweeted out.

Freddie’s performance now opens the door for Karl Darlow to get into the team for Leeds on Friday. Bruce has a decision to make in goal and could go with the more experienced Darlow to try and right the ship.

There’s also the uncertainty surrounding Callum Wilson’s thigh strain. His goalscoring ability was a big miss at Old Trafford as Newcastle were able to create plenty of chances. It’s not good news on Callum according to The Athletic as he could be out until October.

David Ornstein has written the following in his report:

Bruce has refused to put a timescale on Wilson’s return but the striker is unlikely to feature against Leeds United, Watford and Wolverhampton Wanderers.

The situation with Paul Dummett is also a concern. He was back in training and in contention ahead of the Southampton match. Bruce said the following prior to our Carabao Cup defeat against Burnley:

“He only trained yesterday with the group. I think tomorrow will be too early for him but hopefully, he’ll put himself in contention for the weekend – we’ll see how he trains this week.”

However, it appears that he’s suffered a setback with the calf strain that has kept him out of action this season. However, it doesn’t appear to be a major one as he could return for Friday according to various injury sites.

Bruce also confirmed after the Manchester United defeat that all three of his substitutions were forced. Joe Willock, Ciaran Clark, and Javier Manquillo were taken off at Old Trafford due to knocks.

Here is Bruces’s assessment on the trio as published in The Shields Gazette:

“Yes, we have a disappointed dressing room, one with a few knocks.

“Joe Willock, Ciaran Clark, in particular, and Manqy (Manquillo). We’ll have to see how they are. Let’s hope they’re OK.”

Hopefully, they are only suffering from minor knocks and will be in contention for the massive match against Leeds on Friday. Bruce could face an angry crowd at St. James’ Park if Newcastle don’t put in a complete performance.

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90 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 13, 2021 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #1

    Auld Manqy must be thrilled with that moniker if it’s not lost in translation 😕

  • lochinvar

    Sep 13, 2021 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #2

    Injuries, injuries, injuries.

    Shouldn’t be a problem.

    State of the art medical and fitness facilities

    Depth of squad

    Promising younger players, well trained and ready to slot into the team

    Inspirational manager who can lift the team and tactically out think the opposition

    Fit young coaches who can gel with the squad in training

    Nowt to worry about

  • Rotonda heights

    Sep 13, 2021 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #3


    ”Bruce successfully picked apart a well drilled defense. Short blanket? It’s a handkerchief now…….”

    Brilliant, love it.

    As someone said, over the same timeframe of matches played, Bruce has conceded a whopping 34 more goals than his predecessor. However, it’s good to know that in Bruce’s mind he’s improving the squad, obviously just not our one.

    The guy clearly has no concept of reality. Did Charnley for one minute actually go through Bruce’s CV and notice the serial failings at all his previous clubs where he continually fell out with the fans. I think we all know the answer to that. 2 relegations at 2 different clubs and 2 sackings just before those other clubs got relegated. Just what criteria was Charnley basing his appointment on. Not a safe pair of hands as Bruce clearly isn’t.

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Sep 13, 2021 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #4

    Is it any wonder why our players get injured though?

    Manquillo hasn’t started a game in ages boom chucked straight in against Man Utd out with a strain or knock!

    Why oh why do we not give some of our recovering players a little 20 mins or 30 mins in the reserves for a week or 2 to build up fitness?

    Rafa had it sorted he wouldn’t bring in anyone early which sometimes did frustrate but you can now see why!!

  • DrGloom

    Sep 13, 2021 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #5

    “Yes, we have a disappointed dressing room, one with a few knocks.”

    Not surprised they were disappointed in the dressing room when Bruce walked in and they realised he was still in a job

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Sep 13, 2021 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #6

    By the looks of it the gloves have came off with the way the Chronicle are reporting on Bruce

    This is good because we need them to start asking difficult questions they have been on the fence for far too long

    Bruce has got a cheek though last season he gave the players loads of days off and no one mentioned anything about it then hes caught out again about the holiday

    He is lazy, arrogant and entitled possibly the worst combination for a football manager in the premiership

    Couldn’t see Bielsa, Klopp, Tuchel, Pep or Rafa taking any days off at all during the season

  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 13, 2021 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #7

    Safe pair of hands???
    We had possibly the safest pair we could probably wish for. I’d love to know why Ashley would rather run it his way than let let someone who knows what they’re doing make us a success. Was it just purely about ego, is it about him being able to siphon away more money, gawd knows what it is

  • Wor B

    Sep 13, 2021 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #8

    The stench of rotting cabbage is seeping from every pore of our club.

    40 points and EPL survival looks like a mountain to climb at present.

    Injuries starting to bite into a threadbare squad.

    Bruce is oblivious to any personal responsibility and unlikely to walk.

    The CEO is an invisible poodle.

    An owner who is not fit to be the custodian of any football club.

    This is season will test loyalties to the limit for many of us.


    Anyone got a good joke? I need cheering up.

  • carltoon

    Sep 13, 2021 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #9

    The short blanket is now a handkerchief. 🙂

  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 13, 2021 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #10

    It’s going to be even worse tonight if Everton win 4-0 they go top of the league, that’ll really bring the folly of allowing him to leave home to roost.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 13, 2021 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #11

    We shouldn’t worry about that though, certain posters like to keep reminding you Bruce achieved the same as him.

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Sep 13, 2021 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #12


    They obviously wanted Rafa to accept signing players such as Joelinton, ASM, Krafth etc who were obviously signed through the clubs “preferred” agents again and were lined up for Bruce coming in so I imagine Rafa was offered these players ahead of players he wanted to sign?

    As much as ASM excites me the combination of Rondon, Perez and Almiron was capable of producing so much more than what we have signed since that trio was broken up although I think under Rafa’s coaching ASM, Joelinton, Wilson and Fraser would be far far more effective than what they are like under Bruce

  • Gothmog's Pyjamas

    Sep 13, 2021 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #13

    Here’s hoping for a Demarai Gray masterclass tonight – with a bit of DCL thrown in for good measure…

  • Gothmog's Pyjamas

    Sep 13, 2021 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #14

    With Wilson out for a month i can only think thank goodness we didnt get Rondon on a free as backup.

    Another wise decision from the club.

  • Wor B

    Sep 13, 2021 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #15


    I’m so depressed I can’t even be bothered to look at the bits the handkerchief is covering.


  • Wor B

    Sep 13, 2021 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #16
  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 13, 2021 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #17

    That’s why I believe he had no intention of selling. He didn’t fork out all that money for Joelinton for a new owner to cash in on, he was obviously led to believe that he was the new Firminio and had every intention of selling him for £80M in a couple of years time. That does not tie in with somebody wishing to sell the club. I think Covid and tge fact he’s now got a pretty much worthless squad has forced his hand.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 13, 2021 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #18

    There was only one ace Rondon was going when Rafa got that job, it looks like they were just waiting to finalise the Moise Kean move before signing Rondon.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 13, 2021 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #19

    I think the only enjoyment Ashley gets from football his horse trading players and the relegation battle thrill. He does not want a manager who would spoil that.

  • Rotonda heights

    Sep 13, 2021 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #20

    If you had stabilized the cub like rafa had on minus net spends for 3 years and were then told that Ashley was taking back control of transfers would you have stayed?

    Unlike Bruce, Rafa was a man of integrity and honour and knew he couldn’t beat this charlatan of an owner. Bruce fits the bill as a lazy, under achieving stooge who would never question Ashley’s antics.

  • Rotonda heights

    Sep 13, 2021 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #21

    I hope Everton do very well this season and further illustrate what an utter disgrace of an owner we have. Not that I like Everton.

  • Rotonda heights

    Sep 13, 2021 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #22

    bruce 1st season inherited the PL’s 7th best drilled defence 2 years running
    2nd season 110M + Jones parachuted in to do his job.
    3rd season. . . .???

  • DubaiMicky

    Sep 13, 2021 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #23


    Looks like the chronic are now anti-brucie, so who would you have as a replacement?

    Graeme Jones?
    Chris Wilder?
    Eddie Howe?
    Giovanni van Bronckhorst?
    Nicky Butt?

    They’re the top five on oddschecker. If I was offered one of those I guess I’d go for either Eddie Howe or Gio, no way I’d look at Butt, penchant for violence against women that one, Chris Wilder is probably going to Forest anyway (not that I’d be mad about him), and Jones doesn’t appear to be a manager.

    So it’ll go to Jones then – cheapest option.

    They all would be free to get too!

  • Wor B

    Sep 13, 2021 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #24


    Damn it man, I asked for jokes not cold reality and here’s what you could have had!


  • Unused Substitute

    Sep 13, 2021 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #25

    Given how furious and physical are Leeds, I’d be happy if our lads come out of that encounter unscathed. A point would be a bonus on top of that.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 13, 2021 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #26

    Have the Chronicle started having a go at him now?

  • Gothmog's Pyjamas

    Sep 13, 2021 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #27


    Top 40k i see, cant be unhappy with that fella.

  • Wor B

    Sep 13, 2021 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #28

    Unused Substitute

    If you set the bar any lower, it’ll be an underground duct!

    I hope it’s not my negativity that’s got you this way.


  • Optimistic prime

    Sep 13, 2021 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #29

    Even the Sunderland Echo are having a go at Bruce with the headline….

    “Steve Bruce’s rant was unbecoming of a Newcastle United head coach”

    His answers or rant as its being called is no different than his usual arrogance.

    Hes definitely lost the plot if he thinks the fans take any notice of RYDER and the Chronicle, they probably get more abuse than Bruce.

  • HobokenToon

    Sep 13, 2021 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #30

    @23…I’d take Big Sam. I realize no one wants to hear that. He’s available. He’s what we need.

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Sep 13, 2021 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #31

    If we are going to insist on playing 3 at the back then Wilder would be the best option Sheffield United were really well drilled and we have much better players than they did

    To be honest if they had Wilson last season up front they would have survived there was so many games they dominated but got beat 1 or 2 nil

    Unlike under Bruce where most games we deserve to lose there hasn’t really been any hard luck stories

  • Optimistic prime

    Sep 13, 2021 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #32

    Is that what Ashleys conditioning us for?

    Return of the Sham

  • Romford mag

    Sep 13, 2021 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #33


    Sorry about last night mate !
    Got sidetracked and then fell asleep 😳

  • Wor B

    Sep 13, 2021 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #34

    Anyone else in FPL need cheering up?

    I’ve dropped around 1 million places so far this week.

    It’s not my fault, the Chronicle’s turning everyone against me.

    And there’s all those big, big teams!

    And the injuries.

    But I’m not gonna walk! I never quit.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 13, 2021 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #35

    No not at at all, shame Salah never got another one yesterday or I’d have probably mai trained my 10.5K rank, see what DCL does tonight.

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Sep 13, 2021 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #36


    I actually think that’s why Rafa left as well he wasn’t truly convinced there was a sale either! Especially with Ashley trying to change the transfer conditions of Rafa’s previous contract why would you do that if you had intentions to sell the club?

  • Unused Substitute

    Sep 13, 2021 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #37

    Wor B @28: Yes a point could indeed be a negative in the sense that it could delay the departure of Bruce the clown. Let me look forward to a 0-5 drubbing then.


  • Geordie-john

    Sep 13, 2021 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #38

    THE MAKEM BADGE KISSER HAS GOT TO GO ASAP ! He is probably one of the worst managers in the history of NUFC.
    I think he secretly wants us to be relegated so we can play the makems next season if they get promoted.
    Get rid and give the proper Geordie a shot ! Yes, Graeme Jones. assuming he has all the required qualifications. Definitely !
    Haway Fat Lad it wont cost you much from the TV rights and position money, He will do better than Agent Bruce the Makem.

  • Geordie-john

    Sep 13, 2021 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #39

    Nearly forgot,
    Why not give some of the youngens a shot, There could be a few surprises in the under 23 squad. Mixed with Willock, Maxi and Almiron wouldn’t be a bad thing.

  • Wor B

    Sep 13, 2021 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #40

    That’s more like it Unused, if we’re relegated before Christmas there’ll have to be changes! Won’t there?

    Disclaimer – I don’t think it’s possible to be relegated by Christmas, that was just to add a little drama.


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