According to The Times’ Martin Hardy, Newcastle goalkeeper Karl Darlow is ‘unhappy’ and ‘angry’ at the manner he found out he will be dropped for tonight’s clash with Wolves.
Bruce is set to recall Martin Dubravka back into the side after a long spell on the sidelines after an injury he picked up in pre-season.
News of this change appeared first via an ‘exclusive’ from The Telegraph’s Luke Edwards on Tuesday – yet The Times report that Darlow himself was only told in person on Thursday night, suggesting Bruce leaked it to his man in the media before telling the player himself.
Hardy’s piece states that the NUFC stopper is ‘angered’ by the way he found out and would have preferred it in person – from the manger himself. There is also a level of ‘surprise’ within the squad at the method of which Bruce has removed him.
Bruce, renowned for being a ‘good man manager’ by many players, shows he is playing a dangerous game by letting his friends in the media know – before the people who matter.
Darlow surely knows he is the 2nd choice keeper at the club but deserves the respect to know he isn’t playing – long before the media find out. He has impressed this season and will have certainly put himself in the shop window this summer – with Woodman coming back, it’s possible Darlow looks for a move elsewhere to land himself regular first team football.
It is no surprise Dubravka will start at the weekend – with many fans calling for it for many weeks. I’m not sure if whoever leaked it to the media thought Darlow wouldn’t see it – but nothing surprises me at Bruce’s management anymore and it wouldn’t surprise me if the players have a similar feeling!