According to The Telegraph’s Luke Edwards, Steve Bruce has been left ‘angry and frustrated’ by the lack of backing he received from Mike Ashley on a disastrous deadline day for Newcastle United.
Edwards – a North-East reporter close to Steve Bruce – claims that we were negotiating late deals for Leicester’s Hamza Choudhury and Marseille’s Boubacar Kamara, yet the club were simultaneously telling journalists that our transfer business was done.
Although Kamara appeared reluctant to sign at St James’ Park, this appears to explain why no deals got done on deadline day.
The Telegraph report that staff are ‘mystified’ by the Choudhury saga, with Edwards stating that the player was keen to join and Steve Bruce desperate to have him – only for the club to refuse to pay the loan fee or percentage of his wages needed to have him for the season.
As a result, it’s said that Steve Bruce is seeking answers from above after failing to sign two key targets on the final day of the summer transfer window.
What’s even more baffling is the fact we’ve reduced the wage bill significantly and moved several fringe players on, with Edwards stating that over £200,000 per week has been cut following exits for Andy Carroll, Christian Atsu, Henri Saivet, Yoshinori Muto and Florian Lejeune.
Where this leaves Bruce ‘remains to be seen’ according to the report, however he’s not expected to walk away based on loyalty to his staff and the playing squad.
If he had any integrity or dignity he’d pack his backs first thing this morning, yet you get the feeling he knows he’s lucky to be here in the first place and wouldn’t want to leave without his pay off.
What a complete and utter shambles.