The Mail’s Craig Hope has released another damning ‘exclusive’ late last night, claiming that Jamaal Lascelles and Isaac Hayden were involved in a colossal bust-upl following oir 3-2 defeat to Spurs.
The North East correspondent also reports that several Toon players ‘cannot believe’ the new owners have not already sacked under-fire manager Steve Bruce, whose position on Tyneside is becoming untenable.
It’s claimed in the piece that Lascelles and Hayden had to be pulled apart by staff after Sunday’s game, stating that shoves were exchanged after the pair went ‘head to head’ in the tunnel.
The report also states that several players voiced their frustrations at Bruce’s tactics (or lack of them) in the dressing room, with a ‘significant’ section of the squad wanting the owners to sack the 60-year-old ahead of Saturday’s crucial trip to Crystal Palace.
Yesterday afternoon, Steve Bruce’s son (Alex) posted and deleted a tweet telling fans to prepare for another “HOPEless article” at 11pm, something Hope delivered on more than an hour earlier than expected.
His feud with Bruce goes back to the beginning of his tenure as manager and hit its peak in March this year, when the Daily Mail revealed that Matt Ritchie had been involved in a training ground row with the Toon boss.
The club’s decision to ban the reporter was only reversed when the new owners came in 10 days ago, but it has not taken Hope long to release another damning piece that doesn’t paint Bruce or his players in a good light.