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PremierLeague-News.Com - Newcastle United lost at the weekend so bring the revival to a grinding halt

North East UK news No-one at Newcastle should be satisfied with this season PremierLeague-News.Com

PremierLeague-News.Com - Newcastle United lost at the weekend so bring the revival to a grinding halt

North East UK news  No-one at Newcastle should be satisfied with this season PremierLeague-News.Com
04 May 2021 - 09:16

PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Last week, in the wake of the frenetic finish at Anfield that almost certainly settled the question of whether Newcastle would stay up and Steve Bruce stay on, I put it out to social media whether stances had softened since the Chronicle's post-Brighton referendum that saw 95% vote to remove the United Head Coach. A volte face wasn't expected and from 295 replies, not one said he'd convinced that he was now the man to take the club forward. A small, but not insignificant, minority said credit should be handed to Bruce for a turnaround that few saw coming. The impromptu image of togetherness at Anfield - where key players rushed to Bruce on the sideline to celebrate - made a point. The team has been much better since the Amex shambles and on recent form would not deserve to go down. But inevitably, the majority weren't in charitable mood. "Putting out the fire he started," one correspondent said, succinctly. It says a lot that those fans will have felt vindicated at a weekend that ended with Newcastle in 17th place, momentum whipped from under their feet by an ordinary Arsenal side who were barely made to skip out of second gear for their three points. What you might have missed this weekend Revealed: Takeover update and target The PL statement not enough Carragher criticism for Ashley Our rolling liveblog This is the problem with Bruce's Newcastle. While those advocating for him will point to the post-Brighton recovery, the rest would point to the issues that have curdled around the team this season that has under-achieved dreadfully.

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. They retained a never-say-die attitude and generally finished seasons well. What has Bruce added? More good players, in Allan Saint-Maximin and Callum Wilson and the canny addition of Joe Willock. But there's no identity and this season they've veered from safety-first attritional football to careless attacking with only a few games at the point in between, where Newcastle have the balance to win games convincingly. Read More Related Articles Steve Bruce tells Newcastle United players to improve service for key duo Read More Related Articles Newcastle notes: Dubravka's criticism, Leicester challenge and post-game row after Schar red card No doubt when survival is assured - and even if Newcastle's next two look treacherous, while Fulham could pick up points, they will do that - the hierarchy will feel vindicated in resolutely backing their man after Brighton. But it says much about United that - despite their protestations that they want to do more than survive - there will be no post-season inquest into what has gone on during this deeply unsatisfactory season. 17th in the Premier League in a campaign where three sides have been so deeply inferior is nothing to shout at and while they won impressively at Everton and have sparkled at times (mainly due to the mercurial Saint-Maximin), there have been too many subterranean lows to feel optimism about the club's direction under Bruce. In response to the question posed last week: the Newcastle manager deserves credit for the revival but that shouldn't wash away the very serious questions United face. There will be no change at Newcastle unless the takeover happens but it is still a leap of credibility to suggest he's the right man to answer them. Read More Related Articles Newcastle United takeover latest - Where the deal currently stands amid confident talk Read More Related Articles Mike Ashley and rivals asked to sign up to new owners' charter by Premier League

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