Newcastle United’s supporters appear convinced that recent comments on the part of star striker Callum Wilson, regarding assistant manager Graeme Jones, were intended as something of a jab at boss Steve Bruce.
The Magpies are of course currently preparing for the fast-approaching new Premier League campaign.
On the back of a respectable 12th-placed finish last time out, supporters of the Tyneside outfit were no doubt hopeful of kicking on towards a mid-table finish next time out.
Such ambitions, however, as things stand, look altogether unlikely to be met by Steve Bruce and co.
To this point in the summer, whilst others in the English top-flight have opted to splash the cash, Newcastle have failed to secure a single signing.
Even Joe Willock, long known to be the no.1 target of the Magpies ahead of next season, currently looks some way off actually sealing a return to St . James’ Park.
‘The manager has different strengths…’
Transfer inactivity aside, though, the heaviest criticism levelled at oft-maligned Newcastle owner Mike Ashley to this point in the summer has actually surrounded the business tycoon’s continued backing of manager Steve Bruce.
English tactician Bruce has long stood as a divisive figure on Tyneside, with more and more Magpies supporters seemingly joining the ‘Bruce Out’ brigade by the day.
In turn, upon one of the club’s star performers, whether intentionally or not, calling into question his boss’ tactical nous earlier today, it came as little surprise when the Newcastle faithful swiftly responded.
Speaking in an interview with club legend Alan Shearer of The Athletic, Callum Wilson was drawn on the impact of Graeme Jones, who made the move to St. James’ as an assistant coach back in January.
And the former Bournemouth man was not at all shy in admitting that, as far as he is concerned, Jones is both more ‘tactically aware’ and ‘up to date’ than the more senior Bruce:
‘I think Graeme Jones coming in as a coach (in January), definitely complemented the manager because he is a little bit more tactically aware and up to date, whereas the manager has his different strengths and attributes.’
‘When you see the results towards the back end of the season and the way we were in games, we had more of a style and philosophy. That will happen from the start of the season with a good coach around to help out the previous coaches.’
âI think Graeme Jones coming in as a coach, definitely complemented the manager because heâs a little bit more tactically aware and up to date, whereas the manager has his different strengths and attributes.”https://t.co/ZxGH88xg14
â Squawka News (@SquawkaNews) August 2, 2021
‘Bruce is behind’
And, as outlined above, if the ensuing reaction on the part of the Magpies faithful is anything to go by, then it appears that Wilson’s comments have indeed been interpreted as a less-than-subtle dig at Steve Bruce’s coaching abilities.
Taking to the comments section of a social media post insisting that hitman Wilson meant no harm, Newcastle’s supporters pulled no punches with their replies:
“more tactically aware and up to date” the clear inference being that Bruce is behind the times as a coach. Maybe it was intended as a dig and maybe it wasn’t. Either way, what other serving PL manager could you level this at? I can’t think of one.
â Jimmy Dixon (@jamesalandixon) August 2, 2021
Luke, are we reading the same statement ?
He questions his tactical knowledge and understanding of the modern game, and says results support that. So if Jones never came our results would have seen us playing in the Championship this season.
â Bryan Crute (@busterforever) August 2, 2021
I agree with your views some of the time Luke, but if you call someone more tactically aware and more up to date, then by inference the other person is less tactically aware and less up to date. Heâs making a clear comparison which he didnât have to do to praise Jones.
â Toon Polls (@ToonPolls) August 2, 2021
He literally says that it was good we hired a new coach because heâs more tactically aware that the MANAGER.. And heâs also a better coach than our others.. why do you try and defend Bruce so much, what does he have over you?
â Dayle (@DayleBarron) August 2, 2021
“he’s a little bit more tactically aware and up to date” if that is not a dig at Bruce…
â Roberto Pescador (@roberpesca) August 2, 2021
Funny when Bruce was asked about the appointment of Jones he was anything but happy about it. If Bruce had brought him in he would ha e been singing his praises 😂🤣 he had nothing to do with his appointment and u know it!!
â Tony (@TonyBongeordie) August 2, 2021
I think it was the part where he pretty clearly impled Bruce is neither tactically aware nor up to date
â Dayvee Gee (@DavidJG00615083) August 2, 2021
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