NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - JANUARY 03: Callum Wilson of Newcastle United (13) during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Leicester City at St. James Park on January 03, 2021 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. The match will be played without fans, behind closed doors as a Covid-19 precaution. (Photo by Serena Taylor/Newcastle United via Getty Images)


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.

Newcastle’s woes

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.

Callum Wilson’s ‘tactically aware’ comments interpreted as dig at Steve Bruce by Newcastle fans

Newcastle United’s English midfielder Joe Willock (L) celebrates scoring his team’s second goal during the English Premier League football match between Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur at St James’ Park in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, north east England on April 4, 2021 (Photo by SCOTT HEPPELL/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

‘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.’

Wilson continued:

‘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.’

‘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:


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