The Mail’s Craig Hope released another devastating exclusive last night that exposes just how toxic the club currently is under Steve Bruce.
The North-East reporter – who leaked the Matt Ritchie training ground bust-up story last season – claims a string of fallouts have taken place in recent weeks, including a bust-up between first-team coach Graeme Jones and Dwight Gayle.
The article reports that Jones told Gayle “it is always about you” in training, while the striker replied that the exact same could be said about him ever since his heroics with England in the summer.
More allegations claim that Bruce blasted Isaac Hayden following Cristiano Ronaldo’s second goal last week, a move that didn’t sit well with the midfielder – who was playing out of position in a back three.
Bruce supposedly chaired a team meeting where he presented running stats to the players, showing us to be underachieving in terms of effort compared to teams that were also near the bottom of the league. The report claims, however, that views on this were mixed, with several senior players disagreeing with the NUFC boss.
Toon fans have rightly criticised Bruce for jetting off to Portugal during the international break while our team was sat winless and in the relegation zone. On this, The Mail stunningly claims that players were also baffled, with some turning up to Benton expecting a full training session…only to be told their manager was off for four days of sun!
Hope also reports that many players believe the training schedule lacks any routine and is tailored to suit Bruce rather than the clubs best interests, something that you would expect from a Northern League team – not from one in the top flight playing professionally.
These claims are damning and could tear the dressing room apart as it is clear that the mole from last season is still very much part of the camp.
Hope is hardly a popular figure at the club as it is and has had infamous bust-ups with Bruce in the past; managers kicking off with players is part and parcel of a dressing room, so to play devil’s advocate… could he be stirring the pot just to get one back on his old foe?
Whatever the motive is, this is not a good look for our club and adds more fuel to the fire of what is an absolute basket case of a football club.
Wherever there is chaos and turmoil in the Premier League, you can be sure that Newcastle is not far away from it and media frenzy like this is now accepted as part and parcel of following the Toon Army.