After breaking the big story last night via his ‘exclusive’ for The Mail, Craig Hope has been on talkSPORT today – and his latest revelations and rantings expose Newcastle United for what they really are; a shambles.
After explaining what went down in a training ground ‘bust-up’ between Bruce and Ritchie on Tuesday, he reveals that the club have confirmed his story but “aren’t happy” that he’s written a piece on it – and that’s when his rant begins.
Hope claims that the club believe he’s a “troublemaker” a “negative journalist” and “out to derail the club” ahead of Sunday’s crucial clash with West Brom.
That sums us up, doesn’t it? More concerned about a journalist speaking the truth than a manager who’s throwing his players under the bus, shoulder barging a senior squad member and winning just TWO of his last 17 games.
Watch Craig Hope’s explanation below – with him revealing the “absolute rubbish” he got back from the club from 2:45 onwards:
“The club wanted to keep it out of the newspaper,”
“They think I’m a troublemaker out to derail the club on the eve of a big game.
“That is absolute rubbish. If you get your house in order, starting with the substitution, the criticism of the players, which leads to the fallout in training – I’m just a journalist reporting what happened.
“If the incident doesn’t happen, it doesn’t appear in the newspaper, and at the moment, Newcastle’s house is an absolute mess.”
“They believe I’m a negative journalist, but I’m negative because I tell the truth. I’ve long had an opinion of Steve Bruce that he’s not the right man to manage the team and I’ve always stood by that.
“I’m certainly not the only person who thinks that and there are people inside the dressing room who think that.
“If Newcastle changed manager now, and there are several players in the dressing room who want that, it would galvanise them and boost their chances of survival.”
Hope hits the nail on the head – if Steve Bruce and Newcastle United had their own house in order, there’d be no ‘negative’ piece to write.
It’s not his fault comments and actions have led to absolute chaos both on and off the pitch.
One thing’s for certain – it won’t be Craig Hope’s fault if we lose at West Brom on Sunday, not matter what Steve Bruce has to say in what promises to be a potentially fiery press conference tomorrow morning.