The Mail’s Craig Hope has attempted to set the record straight following his heated clash with Steve Bruce during last night’s post-match press conference at West Brom.
This comes after the North-East reporter released an ‘exclusive’ on Monday claiming Allan Saint-Maximin’s Newcastle future was in doubt after a ‘fallout’ with Steve Bruce.
The issue was regarding his fitness leading up to the Burnley game, however these claims were rubbished by Bruce during last night’s presser, with the NUFC boss saying Hope’s story was ‘total nonsense’ – insisting that there’d be no row whatsoever with the Frenchman (see video of his angry here).
Craig has now responded on Twitter in the last few moments, but his explanation doesn’t quite cut it:
Bruce may have got his facts wrong about the term ‘bust up’ being used in the article, but as shown below, Hope claimed there’d been a ‘fallout’ between the two and that the 22-year-old’s future was in doubt as a result – something that seems highly unlikely when Bruce has rubbished claims of any row whatsoever.
Hope is attempting to say Steve Bruce put words in his mouth and that he did not write the words ‘bust up’ in his piece – but terms ‘fallout’ (which he used in his headline) mean practically the same thing.
Not only that, why did he play on the fact Saint-Maximin’s future was in doubt – which even led him to name TWO clubs circling to sign him – when Bruce’s comments suggest there’d been no ‘fallout’ whatsoever?
As Steve Bruce says in the clip below, it seems Craig Hope’s source has got this horribly wrong; and he’s made a mountain out of a molehill which has backfired badly as a result.