Mike Ashley spotted, Joe Willock asked if he’ll return to NUFC & Bruce’s message to boo-boys

Mike Ashley made a rare appearance in Newcastle’s final day clash at Fulham – a game that featured a record equalling goal for Joe Willock and a 2-0 win that saw us finish the season in 12th.

Inevitably, both Willock and Bruce were asked if the Arsenal loanee would be returning to Tyneside on a permanent deal this summer. Neither gave too much away, but you can only hope Ashley is more tempted to sanction a sizeable summer bid now he’s seen what he’s capable of in person!

After revealing that he was ‘honoured’ to have matched Alan Shearer’s record record of SEVEN goals in seven consecutive games – also revealing that he’s received the odd text from Big Al – Willock said “we’ll see” when asked if he could return next season.

Bruce also has a message for the boo-boy after the game, saying his critics should be ‘eat some ‘humble pie’ after we ended up finishing 12th and 17 points clear of third bottom Fulham following five wins in our final eight games.

He also insisted that the club will its ‘utmost’ to keep Willock at the club ahead of his return to Arsenal in the coming weeks.

Here’s everything they had to say when speaking to the BBC after today’s 2-0 win at Craven Cottage:

Willock on matching Shearer’s record and his future at the club:

“To be in his company, I’m honoured.

“And that it’s happened for this wonderful club.

“He has often messaged me to congratulate me and I’m sure he’ll be happy for me.”

“When we were going through our tough period, we said we would stick together and we’ve done that really well.”

“We’ll see what the future holds.

“I’m blessed to have had the opportunity to play for this wonderful club.

“I’m happy it’s gone so well.”

Bruce on finishing 12th after a final day win at Fulham:

“We’ll never say it’s an achievement to finish 12th for a club of our stature, but it’s an achievement.

“I hope the people who have written us off, they’ll eat humble pie and give us some credit.”

Bruce on Willock’s goal and a potential permanent deal:

“I couldn’t be more pleased for him.

“He’s done so well.

“We’ll try our utmost to keep him but we must respect that he’s Arsenal’s player.”

Staying up is a huge relief – I thought we were down after that battering at Brighton – and our form over the past eight weeks has been outstanding, but Bruce would be wise to realise that 12th should not be celebrated when he and the players named a top 10 finish as our target in pre-season.

Nevertheless, it’s great to see us end a tough season on a high and moving up the 12th after all results went our way on the final day.

As for Willock, if Ashley can sanction a £40m move for Joelinton, I’d like to think he’d push the green light on a big money bid for a young, hungry and free-scoring midfielder who would get bums on seats at St James’ Park next season.

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11 thoughts on “Mike Ashley spotted, Joe Willock asked if he’ll return to NUFC & Bruce’s message to boo-boys

  1. Listen 12th is an achievement based on injuries & sub standard performances this season. I think Bruce has had a lot of criticism this season – a lot of it valid & fair, but also a lot that crossed a line & was just out of order imo.

    But, it would have been better for Bruce to have shown a bit of humility here. We shouldn’t be battling relegation season after season, but we have an owner who wants out – and before that has gradually dragged our clubs down to what we are now. That’s not Bruceys fault – what has been his fault is the poor performances this season. 45 pts & 12th is good – but it’s not been pretty & it would have been good for him to just accept that. I think he’s fallen on the right formation now – but it doesn’t undo the dross from most of this season.

    But I congratulate him for getting 12th in a really difficult season.

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  2. A pretty good argument can be made that Bruce was the reason for some of the injuries and sub standard performances. He is smiling ear to ear and patting himself on the back for keeping us up. He is a horrible manager. Graeme Jones is the hero behind the scenes that deserves any credit for the end of season form.

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  3. Cabbage Head PR Guy:
    A pretty good argument can be made that Bruce was the reason for some of the injuries and sub standard performances. He is smiling ear to ear and patting himself on the back for keeping us up. He is a horrible manager. Graeme Jones is the hero behind the scenes that deserves any credit for the end of season form.

    For the sub standard performances maybe – though the players need to look at themselves too imo – but no manager can really be blamed for injuries.
    As for Jones, I think he contributed to our upturn in finding the new formation – but we had some awful games with him there too – Brighton & Arsenal spring to mind .. or was that Bruce & Jones just gets credit?!.

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  4. Sharpy17:

    But, it would have been better for Bruce to have shown a bit of humility here.

    But I congratulate him for getting 12th in a really difficult season.

    Not sure why you think Bruce needs to show humility.
    Since walking through the door 2 years ago he’s been barracked none stop by some fans, and a lot of it is simply because he managed the mackems.
    He’s put in 2 seasons where he has matched the achievements of the great Rafa Benitez and not once did he stand in front of the world’s press and slag off the team as being “not good enough”, like Rafa did.
    The minute we get fans back in the stadium, Bruce is booed on the teams lap of the pitch.

    Humility? Are you joking?

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  5. When asked if Willock will be back next season we got “we’ll see”.

    This is what my daughter says when the kids ask for something that she knows they are not going to get, but she doesn’t want to disappoint them.

    Willock has been phenomenal, and has shown Arteta what he’s capable of.
    The only way Willock is coming to Toon would be if ASM went the other way.

    There is no Santa Claus
    Rafa’s not coming back to manage us.
    The Saudi’s aren’t coming back to buy us.
    And Joe Willock is not coming back to play for us.

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  6. BykerBill: Not sure why you think Bruce needs to show humility.
    Since walking through the door 2 years ago he’s been barracked none stop by some fans, and a lot of it is simply because he managed the mackems.
    He’s put in 2 seasons where he has matched the achievements of the great RafaBenitez and not once did he stand in front of the world’s press and slag off the team as being “not good enough”, like Rafa did.
    The minute we get fans back in the stadium, Bruce is booed on the teams lap of the pitch.

    Humility? Are you joking?

    I agree with you. Bruce has copped in the neck the moment he started. I don’t blame him for hitting out a bit. He is damned if he does, damned if he doesn’t. I personally want a better manager but when you look at the current state of play, he is in a no win situation.

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  7. I think 12th is an achievement. Consider this ASM played 25 out of 38, this year Wilson 26 of 38, the skipper 19 out of 38, Hayden 24 out of 38, Schar 18 out of 38, Dummett 15/38 Then you have Almeron, Fernandes, , Martin the wonder goalie player of the season IMO all missing chunks of the season Add to that Ryan Frasier who hardly played at all
    That’s 9 from the starting 11 missing so yes the season is an achievement.
    And Bruce is right when they are all fit we have a half decent team.
    Yes we were negative at times but it got the job done lets be grateful for for the 12th position
    Yes we need a few player a back up striker-Read Tammy Abrahams- a spark plug in midfield Read Joe – and maybe another defender and we would be allright and a top 10 finish will be on the cards
    Just a thought

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  8. Byker Bill what planet are you living on, “not once slagged his players off” ask Richie. There was almost a players revolt because of him throwing players under the bus. Nothing is ever his fault, the bloke is a classless buffoon.

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  9. BykerBill: Not sure why you think Bruce needs to show humility.
    Since walking through the door 2 years ago he’s been barracked none stop by some fans, and a lot of it is simply because he managed the mackems.
    He’s put in 2 seasons where he has matched the achievements of the great RafaBenitez and not once did he stand in front of the world’s press and slag off the team as being “not good enough”, like Rafa did.
    The minute we get fans back in the stadium, Bruce is booed on the teams lap of the pitch.

    Humility? Are you joking?

    Byker – are you for really?. You have cut my post to just the bits you don’t like and discarded the bits where I actually say I don’t agree with the personal attacks & stuff that cross the line.

    Humility because he & you must accept that he got things wrong at times this season & some of the criticism was justified.
    I’m sick of hearing about Rafa now & for the record I don’t buy into the hype round him either. I wasn’t disappointed when he left & don’t want him back.

    Every football manager, player and owner takes criticism – and I’m against anything that gets personal or involves someone’s family. But Bruce takes ANY criticism personally & accepts responsibility for nothing – even Pep & Klopp have said they got it wrong more than Bruce this season.

    What manager tells the fans on the last day of the season to eat humble pie?! – talk about antagonist. If he doesn’t like the criticism DONT BE THERE.

    If he said something like ‘I did say when Fulham were breathing down our necks that we would pull away again & be safe when our key players return’ – I think it makes the same point as humble pie but with a bit more humility – but it’s his air time & he can say what he wants I suppose 🤷🏼‍♂️.

    I’m not slagging Bruce off like you maybe think I am, but feel free to cut this up however best suits your response 😉.

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  10. I’m pleased and very relieved we stayed up, but Bruce and Ashley can take no credit for this.
    A new coach Graeme Jones and Joe Willock have been the impetus for us staying up.
    Injuries can play a part in any teams performances but teams who have good squads that have been invested in can all cope with this, without getting into relegation scraps every season.
    Everyone who has knows and has followed this club through thick and thin knows the issues.

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  11. I think ashley has no intention of selling the club, he makes too much money from it. I think the takeover hype has been a big con on ashley’s part, the biggest yet of his many cons. as for bruce he gives the players too many days off and as result they are not properly fit and hence the many injuries they incur. we are going to be fighting relegation for many years to come if ashley is not got rid of. 👿

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