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Places Could Be Up For Grabs As Bruce Tries To Turn The Tide

Newcastle have a massive match against Leeds at St. James’ Park on Friday evening. The problem The Magpies could face is that it is also a very important fixture for Leeds, who likewise have yet to pick up their first win and have had struggled defensively.

According to The Chronicle’s Lee Ryder, there was a dressing room inquest held after Saturday’s 4-1 defeat at Manchester United. Poor defending was the primary topic of discussion.

Newcastle have conceded 12 goals over our first four matches, which is the most in the league so far. While the defending was better against The Red Devils early, it ended in another lopsided defeat with Newcastle just unable to prevent the opposition from hitting the back of the net.

Leeds have struggled at the back as well and share our -7 goal difference. Though they have had a more difficult start to the campaign with matches against Man United, Everton, and Liverpool.

Bruce will have some decisions to make as Lee Ryder suggests places could be up for grabs, especially at the back. We could see both Fabian Schar and Federico Fernandez recalled for Friday. Hopefully, Paul Dummett will be available after a calf injury has kept him on the sidelines since pre-season.

Karl Darlow could also get the nod over Freddie Woodman. Bruce may opt for Darlow’s experience after Freddie made a few mistakes on Saturday. He stepped up and accepted responsibility but it’s another area where a change could be made.

The Chronicle is also backing claims from The Athletic that Callum Wilson will not be risked until October with his thigh strain. This means he’ll miss our next two matches with Wolves on October 2nd being a potential date for his return. The Athletic reckon he may not be back until after the next international break ruling him out for the Wolves match as well.

We’ll also have to wait on news of Javier Manquillo, Joe Willock, and Ciaran Clark, who were all forced off with knocks at Old Trafford. Bruce could already be facing an injury crisis early in the campaign.

This season’s start has been calamitous. However, all it takes is a couple of wins to turn our fortunes around. Newcastle really need to find that first win quickly and the match on Friday is of growing importance.

The Telegraph’s Luke Edwards is suggesting that Bruce’s position is not currently under threat. He is also calling on fans to not be so vocal in their displeasure with things on the pitch.

That may be wishful thinking as Friday’s match could get very ugly. Especially if Newcastle limp out of the gate like against Southampton. The lads really need a quick and positive start. That should be one of the many focus points in training this week.

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249 comments so far


    Sep 13, 2021 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #1

    Will Bruce turn out to be the modern day King Kanute tune in Friday night folks for episode 5 of Highway to Hell.

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Sep 13, 2021 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #2

    “Fans called for Pardew to be sacked for months. Didn’t happen. ”

    The only way is a proper boycott that would get the club moving to do something

    Saying that if Leeds are pounding us 4 or 5 nil a natural boycott will happen as fans leave early which makes a mockery of the whole thing anyway

  • Romford mag

    Sep 13, 2021 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #3

    Turn the tide !

    More injures , and no cover for Wilson brought in , in the transfer window !

    We’re doomed I tell ya , doomed 🙁

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Sep 13, 2021 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #4

    For me we have to go back to basics we currently only have one fit striker in Gayle while he isn’t the best he can finish if you give him chances

    We need a formation that includes 2 wingers and 2 fullbacks to supply him and Willock as they are the only players bar Wilson who can finish properly

    If we start with 3 at the back with no midfield cover against Leeds they will murder us we need to be putting them under pressure from the start as they don’t have a great defence either


    Sep 13, 2021 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #5

    Would have been an ideal game for Andy Carrol but that ship has sailed. Play this formation and we might sneak a point.
    Darlow – Woodman-Gillespie
    Krafth–Lascelles – – Clarke
    Manq– Fernandez – Ritchie
    —– Scharr – – Hayden – – – – – -.

  • lochinvar

    Sep 13, 2021 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #6

    At least Canute tried to stem the tide

  • Toon Tang

    Sep 13, 2021 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #7

    14:33 and all’s crap

  • Zhongguo Geordie

    Sep 13, 2021 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #8

    Bruce, Pardew, Shearer, Allardyce, and possibly JFK were Gerard style leaders. In UK we have a habit of thinking that the shouter or captain will make a great manager. But they’re generally a bit stupid. The foreign managers seem more like thinkers. Maybe this is the reason our managers are lightyears behind the foreigners.

  • Uncertain Toon/World

    Sep 13, 2021 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #9

    Although we were quite good in the 1st half against Manure I got the impression as the game went on they had let us play. As if they always were confident they would get and take chances. Longstaff did pretty well, but again was allowed to.
    I think he’ll have a hard time against Leeds if we set up the same way. Their intensity and press will be too much and we’ll buckle

  • lochinvar

    Sep 13, 2021 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #10

    I’ll give you that.
    The word I needed is competent.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 13, 2021 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #11

    People saying the blog is quiet, what can we do, there’s been a few on today ranting about the state of the place but we’ve all said it all before. There’s absolutely nothing good to talk about, the squad is threadbare so that rules out talking about line ups, how many times can we call out Ashley, it’s demoralising 😕

  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 13, 2021 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #12

    Aye, the sore might of flattered them but they were never going to let us come away with anything other than a defeat.

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Sep 13, 2021 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #13


    A lot of British players were lucky they could get a job kicking a ball about!!

    There are however younger managers and coaches who have come from the educational side of it rather than playing side of it Brendan Rodgers, Potter, Cooper and even our very own Jones is a proper student of the game!

    Pretty sure Potter for example has 2 degrees?

  • Zhongguo Geordie

    Sep 13, 2021 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #14

    If Rafa had stayed and been only allowed a zero net spend, we’d be better than now. If he’d been given 120m to add to the solid team he had we’d be finishing between 5-10 easily. He already had a top 7 defence, and with 120m to add upfront, we’d be flying. Longstaff would be playing much better too, and we’d have players we could sell if need be.

  • Optimistic prime

    Sep 13, 2021 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #15

    Reading that comment Jail posted “who’s better than me that would come here?”

    Does he think he’s Alex Fergusson or SBR?

    “Come here”

    He talks like it’s a punishment, not like he’s a fan of the club.

    Useless dangerously ignorant moron, that’s me being nice.

  • Zhongguo Geordie

    Sep 13, 2021 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #16

    Yeah the new breed seem promising. They’ve truly earned their decent jobs through results as a manager in lower jobs, rather than simply being a former England player, or having worked under Fergie.

    Cooper is one to watch. I’m not 100% sure about him, but like the modern managers, he isn’t afraid to play youths and I like that.

  • Zhongguo Geordie

    Sep 13, 2021 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #17

    Gerrard has done well at Rangers, but I’d probably wait to see how he does in England. He’s following the Souness path which has to frighten you.


  • Zhongguo Geordie

    Sep 13, 2021 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #18

    Almost anyone is better than Bruce at this stage.

    Jones has no track record, and is a huge gamble, but I’d have him above Bruce. Even Big Sam would be better.

  • Zhongguo Geordie

    Sep 13, 2021 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #19

    Did Bruce say that about NUFC? He said the exact same thing at Villa before they sacked him and got a much better manager.

  • Wor B

    Sep 13, 2021 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #20


    From earlier, thanks for making me laugh, needed something daft like that.


    As Jail alludes to above, this club is sucking the joy out of everything at the moment.

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Sep 13, 2021 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #21

    Dean Smith is another modern manager he took over Bruce when Bruce was saying no one could do a better job when Villa were near the bottom with the most expensive championship squad of all time!!

    A year later they are in the premiership playing lovely football

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Sep 13, 2021 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #22

    Still unsure on Gerrard I watch a lot of Rangers and Celtic and he has been backed financially to get players in although he has scouted some gems

    He struggled to get the better of Rodgers but did best Lennon who is Bruce level so will see how he does now Celtic look a bit more stronger over the season

  • Zhongguo Geordie

    Sep 13, 2021 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #23

    Cooper has a rep for bringing young players through. Our current youth team doesn’t fill me with hope though.

  • Wor B

    Sep 13, 2021 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #24


    I’d be fairly content if Delia Smith came in for Bruce at the mo.

  • Zhongguo Geordie

    Sep 13, 2021 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #25

    Everybody suspected Wilson would miss half the season. To simply hope he’d rejuvante and stay fit all season is reckless.

    I’d have sold him for 15-20m and used the money to buy Arma, and pay the loan fee for Gallagher. That would have allowed us to sell either Fraser or Hayden for about 5-6m, and bring in Ajer or Phillips.

    I’d have offered Shelvey, Clark, Ritchie, Krath, Hendrick, and Gayle free transfers. Wage bill would be about 350k lighter, putting 17m into the kitty for next season to buy Gallagher. I’d consider letting Joelinton go for 5m, although a high press manager could find a use for him.

  • stan anderson

    Sep 13, 2021 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #26

    King Canute couldn’t turn the tide!
    What chance has a cabbage like failure got.
    It goes from bad to worse with this shower running our club ,maybe ruining is more apt .

  • DubaiMicky

    Sep 13, 2021 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #27

    Since we last played Leeds (December 2020), we’ve won 7 games out of 34, a shade over 20%.

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Sep 13, 2021 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #28


    I don’t think Norwich would even entertain going anywhere near someone like Bruce after having what Farke has served up in the last few seasons the football they play is breathtaking at times and he does it with players with less ability than we do

    Pretty much the anti Bruce in every way

  • Romford mag

    Sep 13, 2021 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #29

    I know we’re only 4 games into the season and there’s along way to go !

    But it’s really not looking promising at the moment ! 🙁

  • Romford mag

    Sep 13, 2021 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #30


    Before you say anything mate

    I don’t just mean my FPL team 😉


    Sep 13, 2021 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #31

    TSB ( The Steve Bruce) the manager that likes to say YES.
    (Ashley) Only one permanent signing this summer.
    (Bruce) Yes boss.
    (Ashley) No loans either.
    (Bruce) Yes boss.
    (Ashley) Oh and piss the fans off all the time.
    (Bruce) Yes boss.
    (Ashley) And you’re the only point of communication with the club so you’ll take all the flak.
    (Bruce) Yes boss.
    (Ashley) Good now go get angry and make dumb statements to the press.
    (Bruce) Yes boss.

  • AnyToon in Indiana

    Sep 13, 2021 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #32

    The icing on the cake will be when Bruce comes out and says he now understands and sympathizes with the previous almighty manager. Wouldn’t that piss big Mike off. Oh wait…that must have been in my dreams last night.

  • Zhongguo Geordie

    Sep 13, 2021 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #33

    It would be interesting to see how many pts we’ve accumulated in the previous 38 games.

  • Zhongguo Geordie

    Sep 13, 2021 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #34

    Actually, that’s really easy as we’ve only just started this season. 39 pts in the last 38.

  • lochinvar

    Sep 13, 2021 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #35


    Since we last played Leeds (December 2020), we’ve won 7 games out of 34, a shade over 20%.

    aaaagh…………..the maths never lies

  • cyprus

    Sep 13, 2021 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #36

    I know some people didn’t get the opportunity to watch last game, so the score looks damning.

    If we play like that, we should get something from Leeds.

    And lady luck, we need you ma’am.

  • bill

    Sep 13, 2021 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #37

    The issue is that the first three games were winnable, and we got 1 point from 9. Two home games in there. It’s shocking but predictable. Not signing a back up to Wilson was a huge error. I hate to say it but he is attracting the name of “sick note”. Not his fault but it was so predictable, again.

  • Uncertain Toon/World

    Sep 13, 2021 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #38

    Woodman needs a rest, can’t be good for his progress picking the ball out the net every week

  • bill

    Sep 13, 2021 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #39

    Zhongguo Geordie:

    Most of those points were picked up when most teams were on holiday at the back end of last season or had already been relegated.

  • lochinvar

    Sep 13, 2021 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #40

    Are Eamonn Holmes and Richard Keys related?

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