It’s never dull at Newcastle United.
In a week that has been dominated by a tactical slip up and injuries to our two best attackers, the Daily Mail now report a huge bust up between Matt Ritchie and Steve Bruce.
According to the report, Ritchie was unhappy with Bruce for what he said after the draw against Wolves. He then later called the manager a ‘coward’.
Wolves’ equaliser was absolutely comical. Ritchie had came on to replace the injured Emil Krafth, forcing a system change for the Magpies.
The message didn’t get to all the players in time, and Newcastle paid the ultimate price.
“The direction, which unfortunately Matt Ritchie didn’t get on quick enough,” Bruce told the Northern Echo.
Ritchie wasn’t the only player to get the blame from the gaffer. Jamal Lewis and Martin Dubravka were criticised for their roles in the goal, while Bruce also took aim at Joelinton for his late miss.
But according to the Daily Mail, a fifth person has now been blamed.
Steve Bruce, it’s never your fault!
They report that Bruce told some players that he thought the goal conceded was Graeme Jones’ fault. This led to some players allegedly saying ‘it’s never his fault’.
The ironic thing is, if it wasn’t for Jones we’d probably be deep in the relegation zone right now.
When he joined the club, the Magpies hadn’t won any of their last 11 games. But his arrival saw a shift in style and bagged us seven points. Coincidence?
Bruce is playing an incredibly dangerous game. He’s never been a fan-favourite, although the unrest among supporters has grown this season.
But while there’s no fans inside the stadium, they can’t let their feelings be known.
However, the unrest is now spreading to the players. The report states that a lot of players sided with Ritchie instead of the manager, and that Bruce’s position as boss is under threat.
If Bruce has lost the dressing room, then he has to go. How much longer can this circus go on?