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Pundit Expects More Of The Same From Newcastle In Latest Prediction



BBC pundit Mark Lawrenson has given his predictions for this weekend’s Premier League matches. He has Newcastle remaining winless with a 1-1 draw at home against Tottenham.

Lawrenson spends most of his prediction expressing sympathy for Steve Bruce:

I keep reading about who the next Newcastle manager is going to be, so I feel sorry for Magpies boss Steve Bruce because no one has come out and said what is happening to him.

Whatever the decision is on his future, just tell him and make it public – don’t just leave him dangling. It’s not an ideal situation for him or his players.

Tottenham found a bit of form against Aston Villa in their last game, but they are still far from convincing and I don’t think they will be able to spoil the party for the Newcastle fans in the stands.

Lawro is not expecting the new era to start with a bang results-wise. However, the atmosphere is going to be electric at St. James’ Park on Sunday as this club has been transformed with the takeover.

It was just confirmed earlier today that Bruce is set to face the media for Friday’s press conference. That seems to indicate he will be on the touchline for Spurs. It’ll be his 1,000th match as a manager so hopefully, he can mark it with a win.

Bruce is obviously not the long-term answer but could be seen as a safe pair of hands while our new owners find their feet. The search for his replacement will go on but maybe not at the pace that some fans would have hoped.

That won’t spoil the grand occasion on Sunday when the new era kicks off against Spurs, who ended a three-match losing streak in the league with a win against Villa before the break.

Newcastle, of course, have dug themselves quite the hole to start this season. We’ve struggled at times at both ends of the pitch and haven’t put in a complete performance.

Injuries have again played their part and we’ll find out from Bruce tomorrow the status of Callum Wilson, Jamaal Lascelles, Jonjo Shelvey, and Martin Dubravka. They’ve all returned to training and would provide a massive boost if they are available on Sunday.

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45 comments so far

  • Dingo®

    Oct 14, 2021 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #1

    3-1

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  • mctoon

    Oct 14, 2021 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #2

    Patience people,
    Amanda said right from the start that they would begin with a thorough review of the business, following which the consortiums plans for the future would be revealed.
    Yasir is due to arrive shortly, he’ll be briefed on Amanda’s findings so far and I’m sure (his) decisions will start to be made. (personnel will be high on the list)
    It wasn’t an accident that she referred to him as her boss .. PIF hold all the power.

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  • mctoon

    Oct 14, 2021 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #3

    2-0

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  • onmeedsun

    Oct 14, 2021 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #4

    Kane would be a waste of funds at £150m and still wouldn’t win anything. Need to improve the squad depth so instead buy 5 players at £30m each. And the £100m stated for squad development will be over and above what we can afford to spend on players given our current revenue streams. Would easily have us at the same level as Leicester if we get the right manager in.

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  • onmeedsun

    Oct 14, 2021 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #5

    I’d also like to see NUST membership exceed 50k. Consortium will identify NUST as the fan group to liaise with on a number of club matters, so important the membership grows. Just because Ashley is gone doesn’t nullify the role of the Trust.

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  • chancel be a fine thing

    Oct 14, 2021 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #6

    I’m guessing Mandy, her hubby and Rubens understand the fan’s position re Bruce, but the PIF fella hasn’t got a clue about us and just sees a manager who has kept us up the last 2 seasons.
    Sadly I think he’ll see the error of his ways if we are losing badly to spurs.
    A win or a fighting draw and Bruce won’t be spoiling the party atmosphere, but a loss, which is quite likely, and things could turn ugly on what should be a joyous day.
    Without Bruce even a loss wouldn’t spoil the party mood IMO.
    Get with the program Yasser.

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  • chancel be a fine thing

    Oct 14, 2021 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #7

    Yassir even.

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  • chancel be a fine thing

    Oct 14, 2021 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #8

    Another possibility is in negotiating Bruce’s payoff, he’s been given the spurs game and settled for 3.5M.

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  • check the toastie

    Oct 14, 2021 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #9

    I agree, with Bruce and we lose and its the same feeling walking out the ground. Without Bruce and Ashley and a loss is still to be celebrated as its just a moment in time. Bruce remains and old scars remain.

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  • chancel be a fine thing

    Oct 14, 2021 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #10

    I really don’t want to have to watch his gormless face again, chewing itself as he hopes in vein that his mind will come up with an answer to what is going on on the pitch.

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  • WLtoon

    Oct 14, 2021 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #12

    Looks like Bruceless in the dugout on Sunday then.
    It`s bound to put a dampener on the atmosphere having him loitering on the touchline chewing his gums.
    My comfort is that the consortium want to get their first 2 appointments absolutely spot on, and to do that it takes a lot of time and diligence.
    Remember how quick this TO happened last week, i think they were caught by surprise so it`s hardly a shock that they might not have someone in place.
    Someone made a good point earlier, maybe the man they want as coach/ manager is currently in a job, they need to do a bit of negotiating.
    Tbh, i haven`t got a clue who they will choose but it`s good fun trying to guess.

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  • RUNAWAY777

    Oct 14, 2021 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #13

    Sorry lads it’s been quite for while now, guess last time we seen them was the day they toon over in front of the press and cameras they really need to come and say something to the press and fans what happening with Bruce are they letting have his 1,000 game against spurs then letting him go someone needs to come out and tell use.

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  • Not another deJong

    Oct 14, 2021 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #14

    Is Amanda going to follow the Ashley method of public relations and let the Head Coach do all the talking. They may not have any answers but they probably have a few questions and time frames set out. As fans we do not have a right to demand answers to anything really, but they should know that an absence of communication creates a void that ITKs and the like are only to happy to fill.

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  • check the toastie

    Oct 14, 2021 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #15

    Its such a shame the corrupt decision to delay this takeover has allowed Rafa to slip thru the net, he would have been the perfect pair of hands for Sundays rebirth

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  • check the toastie

    Oct 14, 2021 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #16

    If they actually have been trying to prize Rafa or Brendan away from their clubs it does bode well for the future as them boys dont come cheap

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  • JohnJ

    Oct 14, 2021 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #17

    Let’s all look at the big picture!

    Ashley has gone – Bruce IS still here but hopefully once the new management have sorted stuff out he will be on the list of past managers but…… there must be a mountain of stuff to arrange & sort out by the new keepers at St James’ Park.

    So let’s be grateful for the changes that have come along sooner than many thought, including Yours truly, Sadly I won’t be able to be at the match on Sunday but I will be watching & hoping for a win – That would be fantastic but Rome wasn’t built in a day!

    I’m well aware that 95% want to see the back of Bruce but don’t allow him to spoil your day on Sunday if he’s on the touchline – get behind the team and roar them on to our first win of this season!

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  • toonluvva

    Oct 14, 2021 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #18

    Repost – sorry missed the bus!

    I just want to raise a couple of points.

    First is that in the last week we have managed to flush away one turd. Sadly there is another which has yet to be sent down the sewer.

    Second, once that remaining turd has gone will the reporters that Turd 1 and Turd 2 found so objectionable due to their habit of asking awkward questions be readmitted to future press conferences.

    Asking for a friend.

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  • Munster Mag

    Oct 14, 2021 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #20

    ” I keep reading about who the next Newcastle manager is going to be, so I feel sorry for Magpies boss Steve Bruce because no one has come out and said what is happening to him ”

    …that’s horlicks out of Lawrenson.

    Bruce will know the story and if anything Amana and co have been careful and tolerant and respectful towards him, when we expected him ( and wanted him) out the door on her first the morning .

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  • Not another deJong

    Oct 14, 2021 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #21

    If I was Bruce I would be worried about leaving my fate in the hands of the Saudis. Maybe get an agreement sorted before he embarrassed himself too much and requires swift removal.

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  • Munster Mag

    Oct 14, 2021 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #22

    Well if there is truth in the 50mill each season for 4 seasons, and Frank the Lamp, well I’m pretty underwhelmed.

    But that was from the Telegraph

    We’ll get there….

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  • IrishRob

    Oct 14, 2021 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #23

    Who went and made a back up account and called themselves, The Back door man? Hahahaha! I nearly spat my water everywhere when I seen it.

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  • Refectory Chubs

    Oct 14, 2021 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #24

    What’s the chances that all of Lawro’s celebrity guests predict us to get hammered every game (assuming they’re not Toon fans obviously) because they’re bitter and twisted about our takeover. Fair enough this week’s guest says 3-0 to Spurs and he could very well be correct, but if they’re still saying 3-0 against the likes of Norwich or Southampton then that’s a bit suspect.

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  • AnyToon in Indiana

    Oct 14, 2021 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #25

    hmmm Campos vs Rangnick….two differing philosophies but success as well. From what I have read I like Rangnick but that is probably also why I like Rafa. But I can see Campos having a few more things to like if they are trying to build from the ground up as well.

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  • Ron Knee

    Oct 14, 2021 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #26

    @24

    Paranoia Gulch?

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  • IrishRob

    Oct 14, 2021 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #27

    The real killer is I’ve said it The other day there’s no way in hell we’re going to loose this match I’d be very surprised if theyre not up for it. Which means Bruce is going to get credit forbthe win and almost certainly get another stay of execution.

    I just hope to god they’re not planning on holding onto him and telling us they don’t have a plan in place yet as a way of stopping any backlash from the fans. That kinda move would be slightly concerning.

    Maybe we’re all being a bit ott and they are just giving him his 1000th game and a good send off. But either way I don’t think it would be the correct decision tbh.

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  • 7-10-2021 D1

    Oct 14, 2021 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #28

    Relax all, journey has just begun. This is marathon not sprint.

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  • IrishRob

    Oct 14, 2021 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #29

    I’ve heard a few people say Rangnicks big problem is hes too controlling and wants to make the decisions on everything. And that whatever manager we get if he’s here will only be a yes man.

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  • IrishRob

    Oct 14, 2021 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #30

    Its a sprint for me because I stand to loose €500 if Bruce isn’t the next manager to be sacked lol

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  • Wor B

    Oct 14, 2021 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #31

    First appointment to the board…

    Paranoia Gulch said she is thrilled to be appointed Director of PR.

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  • Raj of Hailsley

    Oct 14, 2021 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #32

    Maybe they’ll announce tomorrow that Steve Bruce is refusing a very generous offer of £3.5M to leave as he wants the £8M he says he deserves. Then let him lead the team out on Sunday?

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  • barkel

    Oct 14, 2021 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #33

    My main concern with Bruce in charge for Sunday is that the team don’t get the lift from the crowd that we’re all expecting and it’s just bruceball as normal

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  • WLtoon

    Oct 14, 2021 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #34

    Bruce is not entitled to 8m, that is the total payoff for him and his cronies.
    Bruce will probably get around 4.5M, with the other three knackers getting the rest

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  • WLtoon

    Oct 14, 2021 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #35

    Other two knackers i meant

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  • Ashingtoon62

    Oct 14, 2021 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #36

    Chubs, you really need to look in to the colour scheme, of your new avatar.It’s just not right somehow 😉

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  • Wor B

    Oct 14, 2021 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #37

    Slightly disturbed to see my dentist posting now.

    I thought he was a Man U supporter.

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  • Refectory Chubs

    Oct 14, 2021 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #38

    Ashingtoon62

    Blimey, you’re right! How did I miss that? Consider that pic retired. I’ll go back to an older one now. Appreciate the input 🙂

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  • Refectory Chubs

    Oct 14, 2021 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #39

    Hopefully that worked…

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  • Pottsclock

    Oct 14, 2021 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #40

    That’s because it’s like pulling teeth to get Bruce sacked

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