Jonjo Shelvey has dismissed former Newcastle striker Michael Chopra’s comments about manager Steve Bruce as “embarrassing” during an interview with the Chronicle.
The interview is published on the same day that Chopra maintained his stance on his comments, insisting to the Shields Gazette that they were truthful and he stands by them.
It all stems from a talkSPORT interview Chopra gave, in which he claimed to have been told by a Newcastle player that they “don’t knmow their jobs” under Steve Bruce, something the Newcastle manager rejected and hit back at angrily.
But Shelvey said the players spoke about the claims.
He said: “It was like: ‘Does anybody even know him?’ I know he played here but he didn’t score loads of goals.
“It’s just people being busy to get their name in the paper.”
Shelvey has been very supportive of Bruce since his appointment, having endured some tough times under Rafa Benitez.
Chopra has installed himself as some sort of self-appointed spokesman for the fans, and while he may see himself as helping, his comments could have the opposite effect.
Chopra is now often on talkSPORT speaking about Newcastle, and while he may think they want him on for his insightful comments, the reality is they probably see him as someone who could provide them with a controversial comment or two – whether it his intention or not.
Time to let football do the talking
Shelvey is obviously going to back the manager, but his comments may not resonate so well with the supporters, as he continues to court Bruce, while some fans are still mourning the loss of Benitez.
The best thing that could happen for the football club, is if they could draw a line in the sand, and let the football make the headlines.
With four points from a possible 12, and a trip to Liverpool on the horizon, the last thing anyone needs are silly distractions and tit-for-tat petty arguments.
Chopra needs to stop giving interviews, and the best way for Bruce, Shelvey and the other players to quieten the critics, is by getting results on the pitch.