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Bruce Careful To Avoid Controversy Over Goalkeeping Change From Last Season



Steve Bruce will make a decision on his goalkeeper for Friday’s match against Leeds in the next 24 hours. That was Bruce’s response when asked about making a change at the position with Karl Darlow now fit and available.

This was Bruce’s response when asked if a change could be expected at goalkeeper as published in The Chronicle:

“I will make that decision with 24 hours to go.

“Make no mistake, when I do make that decision the players will know first.”

Part of this answer harkens back to last season’s controversy when The Telegraph’s Luke Edwards reported that Karl Darlow would be dropped for Martin Dubravka ahead of the Wolves match in late February.

Reports emerged that Darlow was very frustrated with hearing about his demotion through the media before being told by Bruce. So Bruce is making certain nothing like that evolves this time around.

Freddie Woodman has started all of Newcastle’s five matches, even in the Carabao Cup against Burnley. He had played quite well in front of some rickety defending. Karl Darlow returned to the bench at Old Trafford after his long bout with Covid.


Unfortunately, Woodman made a couple of mistakes that resulted in goals from Cristiano Ronaldo. The 24-year-old held up his hands after the match admitting that his performance wasn’t good enough.

However, it has opened the door for Darlow to get the nod tomorrow against Leeds, which seems to be the direction Bruce is leaning towards. Darlow was outstanding during the first half of last season when Martin Dubravka was out with a heel injury.

A bad run of form to start the second half of the campaign coupled with Dubravka’s return led to a switch at goalkeeper. It was harsh on Darlow as it will be on Woodman if Bruce makes the change tomorrow.

However, Bruce has to make the decision that he feels gives Newcastle the best chance to win. Bruce also added that decisions like this one are some of the hardest parts of his job.

“I have to speak to the players involved, that happens.

“Every week, arguably, it’s the hardest part of management.

“I have 20 odd players and I can only pick 11.

“So I think all of them are big calls, and that’s my job to make them.”

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55 comments so far

  • geordie157

    Sep 16, 2021 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #1

    20 odd players hey, calling them odd isn’t very motivating Mr Bruce

    3
  • toon22

    Sep 16, 2021 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #2

    Woodmans just not ready for the prem yet

    9
  • toon22

    Sep 16, 2021 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #3

    Even less so behind the cack we’ve got on the pitch this season

    8
  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 16, 2021 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #4

    No Lee Ryder at the presser, or the Chronicle, another lot banned???

    6
  • geordie157

    Sep 16, 2021 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #5

    I think Darlow will come back in.

    Leeds have been a bit vulnerable this season, especially to set pieces but they’ve still be playing with the same intensity. Which we’ll need to match.

    Would like to see 433 given a try for this one and go on the front foot, silence the crowd.

    Assume Fraser will make the bench, so that’ll hinder the chance of Anderson, White or Stephenson getting a chance.

    1
  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Sep 16, 2021 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #6

    @adam92

    That’s the thing it wouldn’t actually cost that much extra to run the club properly if anything it would be cheaper longer term than how we are run just now

    Giving Bruce and his coaches the money they are getting in wages and transfer net spend is unreal okay some of the players he didn’t pick but our squad is decent on paper

    Can only imagine its out of principle why Ashley never got new facilities considering some teams build state of the art ones for a couple of million

    2
  • toon22

    Sep 16, 2021 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #7

    Lee

    We ain’t got any training facilities as the turd needed the cash for his tat
    Same reason he won’t invest in the youth setup
    How exactly is the turd a fit and proper owner of any footy team

    8
  • toon22

    Sep 16, 2021 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #8

    He’s done nowt to improve the club
    Actively avoided any notion of bettering footy in the region, did not for grass roots or any level of the game

    There’s enough evidence to prove he isn’t fit to own a football club

    10
  • geordie157

    Sep 16, 2021 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #9

    Hughton sacked then, fair play to him taking on that Forest job in the first place.

    Does he want to come back and help coach our useless defence

    1
  • onmeedsun

    Sep 16, 2021 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #10

    Not sure now on the benefits of fans being the ones that hound Bruce out. We will just cop the blame if we still go down. Best if the club have to make the decision purely on poor results, in which case their fault for getting it wrong when letting Rafa go. Or Bruce walks on his own accord but not due to pressure from the fans. Perhaps we just let it run its course as the press are lining us up for the blame.

    12
  • toon22

    Sep 16, 2021 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #11

    Him walking or gettin sacked only benefits the turd
    The actual harm he’s doing is to the club and it’s fans so I’m sure it’s worth it

    4
  • simon376

    Sep 16, 2021 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #12

    Wow, just had an email saying 20% off at club shop up to 19th as a season ticket holder. Now what should I buy???
    Think I’ll just give it a miss

    2
  • Adamn_92

    Sep 16, 2021 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #13

    Onmeedsun

    The press blame us fans for everything anyway so it won’t be any different to usual. Bruce blames the press, the press blame the fans and we get ignored.

    4
  • Adamn_92

    Sep 16, 2021 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #14

    Simon

    haha it was a free cap with any shirt purchase the other week, sounds like they’re struggling.

    1
  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Sep 16, 2021 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #15

    @onmedsun

    Unfortunately the fans have been getting the blame off Bruce since he walked in the door wouldn’t be surprised if it wasn’t part of signing for us to downgrade expectations on purpose

    The second he leaves can 100% guarantee the majority of pundits will be saying they hope we go down because of the treatment of Steve they said it at Villa they went silent pretty quickly when Smith came in and instantly did a better job though

    There lies the issue who knows who Ashley will bring in next?

    5
  • Uncertain Toon/World

    Sep 16, 2021 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #16

    The PIF’s investments are all geared around vision 2030. I think the consortium see a 300 million investment in the Toon is good value considering it’s potential with further investment which Stavely alluded to a while back.

    You could invest 700 million on top of that for a total billion investment and the club could potentially be worth 2 billion in 2030 comparing to other clubs that are always at the top end of the league and latter stages of european competition every season.

    1
  • Uncertain Toon/World

    Sep 16, 2021 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #17

    I’m daydreaming again, apologies 🙁

    3
  • simon376

    Sep 16, 2021 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #18

    Adamn
    If I was buying anything, think would be DHGate, as you said must be struggling, need to do something with pricing

    1
  • Adamn_92

    Sep 16, 2021 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #19

    ‘I will with my experience hope to keep the club just ticking along and make sure that the club stays where it is and we maintain our Premier League status.’

    So there we have it, Bruce is also happy just to have us ‘ticking along’ just so well as we don’t get relegated. Him and Ashley are a match made in heaven. Both happy to just not get relegated, never improving and just sleepwalking year after year. Both thinking that avoiding the drop is a huge achievement and that it is what it is and we are where we are.

    9
  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 16, 2021 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #20

    When he says we can’t compete, we can’t buy players etc. Why doesn’t anyone of those journalists ask why?

    7
  • Uncertain Toon/World

    Sep 16, 2021 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #21

    Just ticking along as we’re doing ends with relegation this season. I don’t see where he gets this confidence from that we’ll be ok.
    How can he be a fan and not believe he should stand down to let someone else have a go at getting something more out the squad.

    3
  • carltoon

    Sep 16, 2021 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #22

    Keep ticking along! I pray the clocks ticking for him. TICK TOCK.

    6
  • carltoon

    Sep 16, 2021 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #23

    Re Longstaff! Played well before his injury, after he was CRAP. couldn’t tackle couldn’t pass, couldn’t keep up with play, but I’m pleased he is rediscovering his pre . Injury form, Donut was probably me and ninety nine % of fans who thought he couldn’t tackle.

    2
  • carltoon

    Sep 16, 2021 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #24

    So it was : not donut!

    2
  • Ketsbaia9

    Sep 16, 2021 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #25

    Has anyone seen Thauvin’s goalscoring record for Marseille? 46 goals in 105 games since 2017. That’s incredible for a winger. Cabella has also got back to his best by the sound of things. Merino is doing well at Sociedad and Mbemba is also doing for Porto. All players that we shouldn’t have got rid of.

    9
  • barkel

    Sep 16, 2021 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #26

    Kets, the french boys seemed a little too lightweight and their confidence looked shattered fairly early in their toon careers. Definitely better than the showed when with us but weren’t managed correctly. Merino had a buy out clause and he wanted to leave, he had been getting games with us when fit so that’s on him leaving. I assume there was something going on with Mbemba or Rafa needed the funds, He reminded me of Bramble to be honest. Some days looked amazing others not so good

    3
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Sep 16, 2021 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #27

    Wonder if Bowis can find a position for him?

    0
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Sep 16, 2021 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #28

    Minister for Brassica!

    1
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Sep 16, 2021 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #29

    I see that the ‘Cheese’ lady has herself a top job.

    1
  • toon22

    Sep 16, 2021 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #30

    So the fans are going to get the blame for the cack were in

    It’s never Jabbas fault is it

    And when the turd appoints the next victim to take the blame, our fault too ?

    5
  • Uncertain Toon/World

    Sep 16, 2021 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #31

    Interesting to see how far West Ham get in the Europa League

    2
  • Optimistic prime

    Sep 16, 2021 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #32

    Does ticking along mean lurch from one injury crisis to another whilst conceding more goals every season??

    6
  • Optimistic prime

    Sep 16, 2021 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #33

    So is Ashley still coming up?

    I’ve got a concrete cabbage with his name on it.

    3
  • Optimistic prime

    Sep 16, 2021 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #34

    “Is he fighting a shark?”

    1
  • onmeedsun

    Sep 16, 2021 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #35

    As a published author Bruce really does have a limited use of the English language. Ticking along, dust ourselves down, cliche after cliche. Give us something meaningful and we might start to think you know what you’re doing. He just doesn’t help himself.

    9
  • onmeedsun

    Sep 16, 2021 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #36

    On Friday I’m going to support the team. If we perform well and get beat I can live with that. If the performance is woeful then I’ll be giving both barrels to Bruce, Charnley and Ashley. I think that’s all we can do. Judge them by what we see. What I don’t want is us getting humped and SJP silent.

    2
  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 16, 2021 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #37
  • Zhongguo Geordie

    Sep 16, 2021 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #38

    It wont matter for Biesla having injuries. He doesn’t just purely rely on having 11 better players. He has a system the replacements will slot in. Same for Rafa. It didn’t matter which defenders he chose the unit was always solid. Bruce thinks its just best players win, or those that want it more. So to him its having the 11 best players and a good rousing speech. Very old school.

    4
  • Zhongguo Geordie

    Sep 16, 2021 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #39

    Bruce hopes he can keep the club where it is.

    We are second bottom.

    Is he merely hoping he can stay above Norwich.

    2
  • Zhongguo Geordie

    Sep 16, 2021 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #40

    His face is getting redder and redder. I hope it’s from heavy drinking otherwise he has serious health problems.

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