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Name Steve Bruce
Gender Male
Ethnic English
Job English Footballer
Desc Alex Ferguson’s defensive lieutenant captained United to three Premier League titles during the 90s, scoring two famous late headers against Sheffield Wednesday to win United’s first title for 26 years. He is widely considered the greatest Englishman never to have represented his country

Affiliation

Club as Coach Newcastle United
  Hull City
Club as Player Manchester United

2012 01 Retrieve

[Quotes on Didier Drogba] Didier Drogba has been the best centre forward of his type, certainly in the Premier League, for the past eight years

2013 11 05 Retrieve

[Steve Bruce on Paul Scholes] He’s the best player in Britain in my opinion and he has to get himself fit just before we are due to play at Old Trafford. I cannot pay Paul a bigger compliment than to say that he’s the most complete footballer in the country. The best bar none

2014 03 09 Retrieve

[Hull might console themselves with the fact that a top-four finish for Arsenal will bring Europa League football to the KC Stadium next season, but they must first concentrate on finishing their survival mission] I’m not really interested in Wembley just yet. We’ve got to stay in this league and let Wembley look after itself. We’ve got to concentrate on the next few games and make sure we get over the line. We haven’t done it yet, we’re not safe. We’ve still got a bit of work to do

Towards the end it was very easy for them but the first half was the best we’ve played for weeks. I couldn’t have been more pleased but we find ourselves 2-0 down. Sometimes it is cruel but that’s what the big league’s all about

2015 08 20 Retrieve

[Steve Bruce on Thierry Henry] He’s a fantastic talent and the complete footballer, probably the most coveted in the Premiership. It’s a privilege for the rest of us to be on the same field. If I could have anything I wanted for Christmas, I’d take Thierry Henry

2015 12 30 Retrieve

[on Sir Alex Ferguson] He will be up there with the greats – the Bill Shanklys, Bob Paisleys, Sir Matt Busby, Sir Alf Ramseys. If you look back at what Fergie has won, he stands above them all. [. . .] He is the most outstanding manager there has ever been. Whatever era you are in, to manage Manchester United for 24 years and win the trophies he has won is incredible. He has won everything – 11 titles, loads of FA Cups, Carling Cups and the European Cup. The list goes on and on. I don’t think anyone else will ever come anywhere near it

2016 02 12 Retrieve

[on Jose Mourinho] Jose Mourinho is without doubt bordering on greatness. When you talk about the great managers Jose is going to be one of them

2017 04 21 Retrieve

[Ugo Ehiogu: Former England defender dies after suffering cardiac arrest] I had so much admiration for him as a fellow centre-half. He was uncompromising, quick and gave his all every single week - he was a great defender. All the football world will be saddened.

2017 11 21 Retrieve

[Aston Villa 2-1 Sunderland] We didn’t play very well at all but we found a way to win which is important. It’s very difficult for Chris. When I walked in here (Villa) my fear was you’re not too big to go down, we’ve seen it, but he is ready for the challenge and I hope he pulls them through

2019 07 25 Retrieve

[Steve Bruce is looking to bring another four fresh faces into his Newcastle squad, with there more funds available after the club-record signing of Joelinton] Ideally we would like another three or four, but numbers I can’t really put on it because one or two always fall away. But we will do our utmost

2019 07 25b Retrieve

[Steve Bruce has offered an update on Newcastle’s pursuit of Nice winger Allan Saint-Maximin] I don’t think it’s on the verge of happening but it’s somebody we have looked at, it’s somebody we have identified and we will see what happens

2019 07 25c Retrieve

[Newcastle manager Steve Bruce has said he is confident that his club will not sell prized midfielder Sean Longstaff to Manchester United this summer] We don’t want to sell our best young players, that’s for sure. So that won’t happen. I’m very confident [Longstaff will stay].

2019 08 08 Retrieve

[Steve Bruce welcomes Andy Carroll back to the club, pointing to his potential on the field, as well as his connection to the community] To bring a local hero like Andy back to Newcastle United is fantastic. He is very excited to be home. He is a big physical threat in the opposition box and another great option for us at the top end of the pitch. He gives us something different to what we already have and we’ll do our best to get him flying again

2019 11 09 Retrieve

[Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce has praised Granit Xhaka but stopped short of confirming that he was interested in signing the Arsenal midfielder] Granit Xhaka? Look, I was only in the job two weeks and I was linked with 42 players. So I am not going to comment on anybody else’s players. He is a very good player

2019 12 07 Retrieve

[Steve Bruce has said that Andy Carroll would have made a world-class centre-half after the striker played a pivotal role in the Magpies’ 2-0 victory over Sheffield United at Bramall Lane on Thursday night] Defensively, he would have made an absolutely world-class centre-half back in my day because he just goes and heads it and has that ability. When he is around your 18-yard box he just heads it clear. He can be hugely important. We’ve got to make sure we look after him. He was performing in training for the four or five weeks before he, unfortunately, nicked a little rib muscle which is always painful. When that was okay he was ready to go. I just thought on a night like this, against their three centre-backs and the physicality of Sheffield United, he would cause them a problem

He’ll be a big asset to us if he stays well. That is the big whole thing for me, my staff, my medical staff - to keep him right, because if he is right he’ll be a handful for anybody. He does have a presence and it lifts people. He has a physicality and presence about him and, of course, he is a very good player when he is right. So he gives everyone a lift when he’s in and around the training ground and I’m delighted. He’s waited a very long time for his start but this was the place for him and it turned out okay

Dwight Gayle has been out on the grass for the best part of a month. You can see him knocking on the door. He is not far short either. He is in my plans but the team is doing OK even though the top end is not scoring. I saw what he did last season at West Brom because he was in the Midlands. Right foot, left foot, 24 goals to nearly get them promoted. I don’t want him to go anywhere and it would have to be a ridiculous offer and amount of money. Let’s be fair, everyone’s got their price but I don’t want Dwight to go anywhere, that’s for sure

2019 12 13 Retrieve

[Steve Bruce on just why Allan Saint-Maximim (such an enjoyable name to say) will be out for a month] He pulled his hamstring doing 38.6 kilometres per hour in the 96th minute. I don’t think anyone’s run that fast in the Premier League ever before so what can you do?

2019 12 21 Retrieve

[World Cup winner and West Ham legend Martin Peters has died aged 76] He was a complete gentleman. I had the pleasure to play against him when I was young and he was at the end of his career and he gave me a lesson in how to be a footballer. They don’t make them like him any more - he was a great, great player

2019 12 24 Retrieve

[The day Mark Hughes managed Man City despite having been sacked and replaced by Roberto Mancini] I can’t understand the logic of Man City appointing a foreign manager with no experience of this league

2019 12 26 Retrieve

[After his second goal of the season, both against Manchester United, Steve Bruce was asked about Matty Longstaff’s future. The Newcastle United manager conceded he’d like to keep the 18-year-old midfielder, but that it was out of his hands] That’s for people to sort out. I’d like to of course

2020 01 06 Retrieve

[Man Utd links to Sean Longstaff played down by Newcastle boss Bruce] Look, I have said it from day one, we can never stop the speculation. As far as I am concerned, I know Mick Phelan and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer very well and at this moment I don’t know anything about it. We don’t want to sell our best young players. That’s certainly the case with Longy. This time last year he was just breaking through and he got in because of injury. The kid has done very well and let’s see if we can keep playing

2020 01 21 Retrieve

[Newcastle take former Spurs midfielder Nabil Bentaleb on loan with option to buy] He’s somebody who I paid particular attention to when he was at Spurs, when he broke through and got a big money move to Germany. He’s played at the highest level now for the last four or five years but he will come in hungry and feeling he has something to prove and will give us the competition we obviously need. With the numbers that we’ve got at the minute, he’s got a bit of experience and I think people will enjoy watching him play. He’ll come into the squad and I’m sure he’ll be a good acquisition for us.

The fact that he’s played in the Premier League before helps, because we know that he can play and knows what the demands of the Premier League are. He’s gone from the Premier League to Schalke and played in the Champions League as well, so we’re delighted to get him. It’s a great signing

2020 01 25 Retrieve

[Newcastle boss Steve Bruce drops Rose hint] The kid’s a quality player and a class act. Whether it’s possible, who knows

2020 01 30 Retrieve

[Steve Bruce believes it is a coup for the Magpies to land Danny Rose, who was linked with a number of clubs this month] It’s been clear that we’ve needed some help in the left-back position, so we’re absolutely delighted to get a player of Danny’s calibre through the door. He has proven quality, as he’s shown over several years for club and country, and is a class act. It’s a big coup for us to get him here and we’re looking forward to working with him

2020 01 31 Retrieve

[Steve Bruce has revealed that Newcastle failed with a bid to prise Olivier Giroud away from Chelsea] I did try a few weeks ago. We did try but it looked as if he was going elsewhere

Everybody is in the market [for a striker] and it is very, very difficult. We are at a disadvantage at the moment because we have Andy Carroll, Dwight Gayle and Yoshinori Muto injured but in two weeks’ time for the Arsenal game I expect all of them to be fit. If there is nobody out there that is going to improve us, we will keep our powder dry until the summer

[He has brought in experienced England international left-back Danny Rose from Tottenham] The boy wanting to come back up north and playing for Newcastle really swung it. He understood we had nearly 50,000 people for Oxford last week which was remarkable and the thought of him joining a big club, a big atmosphere, big stadium certainly helped. We welcome him aboard, he is a great signing for us. He was playing for England in September and playing in the European Cup final last summer. He has got real big quality. We are delighted to have him, he wants to come and play so I’m sure he will be a big addition for us

2020 02 03 Retrieve

[Steve Bruce admits concerned about Sean and Matty Longstaff, with the brothers yet to commit their long-term future] Look, we always want to keep your best young players, especially if they’re Geordies, of course. Let’s hope they both get tied up

[The Magpies boss admitted the future of Matty Longstaff is of particular concern] It’s a concern for us all, of course it is. I hope we can get that tied up, I really do. But, they’ve got the power these days, the players. We see it often now with young players as well. I hope there’s a bit of common sense. There’s nobody, at 19, played more games than him. He’s got an opportunity

2020 03 02 Retrieve

[Steve Bruce is quietly confident his side will reach the safety figure] Until you get to a certain figure then there’s six, eight teams - whatever it is. A win can lift you two, three positions, so it’s all to play for. We’ve all got to get to that magical figure. In the past, it’s been 36 - over the last decade, it’s been something like 36. I don’t think that’s going to be quite enough, so whatever it’s going to be, we’ve got to get there. We’ve got a figure in mind which we think we need, and I’m very quietly confident that we will get there

We’ve had a difficult run and there’s no denying that, but we’ve still given ourselves a wonderful opportunity. We’ve got to 32 points with 10 games to spare. If somebody had told me back in August that would be the case, I’d have said ‘thank you very much, I’ll take that’

[Bruce thinks home form will be a key factor] Of course we need to go and win a couple of games. We’ve got some big games coming up

2020 03 04 Retrieve

[Newcastle boss Steve Bruce fires back after Allan Saint-Maximin fallout reports] It’s total lies and nonsense. I am glad your source is wrong. Are you calling me a liar?. Your report is wrong - I had no row with Saint-Maximin - wrong

[…] I experienced it at Hull, and if you ask the supporters at Hull what they enjoyed most, Premier League survival or being in the Premier League, all of them to a man or woman would say the day out at Wembley is the one thing they’ve enjoyed the most. How often does a club like that get to Wembley? We’re a step closer so let’s see who we pull out of the hat , but there’s still some big teams left in, isn’t there?

2020 04 19 Retrieve

[Newcastle manager Steve Bruce was impressed with the leadership of Jordan Henderson] Jordan grabbed me from the day I walked in at Sunderland, with his personality and his attitude to work. It was pre-season and when we did the runs he would be at the front, then drop back and try and help somebody in the middle of the pack. Then by the time the run had finished he would be back around the front. You couldn’t help but be impressed by that. I think he’d admit he has never been blessed with real natural ability. But he’s turned himself into a wonderful athlete and one who has always had this leadership quality about him. He had this will and determination from the time I met him at the age of 18 - and the lads at the academy said the same. I don’t think after I put him into the team that he ever came out of it

2020 05 17 Retrieve

[Newcastle boss Steve Bruce will respect decision if players refuse to play due to coronavirus concerns] We’ve listened to what has been said and, with the precautions taken, we will get back to work and start phase one. Can we get to that stage where we can have all the players on the pitch together? We don’t know yet. Phase one will be mainly fitness work, four or five players on a pitch. Let’s see how we get on [and hope there are no infections].

We need enough preparation time to get these players into shape or they are just going to fall down like a pack of cards. Most of the managers have the same concerns. We would need at least six weeks. I don’t see how we can play games until the back end of June. If a player refuses to come in or play, I have sympathy for that and would understand it. Most of my players are happy with it. There was a captain’s meeting the other day as well and, as a squad, they are happy with the measures that are being put in place. You have to respect everybody’s personal views on it

2020 05 21 Retrieve

[Newcastle boss Steve Bruce has said that he would love to continue in his role at St James’ Park should the club’s proposed Saudi Arabian takeover go through] We all aspire in management, we all aspire to be Pep [Guardiola], Jurgen [Klopp]… these great managers who’ve been a breath of fresh air to football. Jurgen Klopp coming into this country, you just have to applaud him for his tactics and the way Liverpool play. If it’s good for Newcastle, and the club are going to try to compete with these teams, to be part of it would be great. I would love to see it and I’d love to be part of it. I hope it’s where it goes, but in the meantime I’ll just crack on, wait, roll my sleeves up and get on with trying to get some results to try and get the club going forward. If that happens for Newcastle in the future, then great - I’d be delighted. You do get labelled in the game, and that’s why I enjoyed my time managing in the Championship. I’d back myself against most people in that division. But to be in a position where you’re actually challenging, and you have a good enough team as Newcastle did in 1995 and under Sir Bobby Robson as well, then it would be wonderful. I’d back myself, of course I would. Management, whether you’re managing in the lower division or you’re right at the top, it’s about getting the best out of what you’ve got. And if you can do that, I’d back myself to have a crack at it. I’d be confident that I’d be able to do it. Whether that’s ever going to be the case, who knows?

I have a wonderful working relationship with Lee Charnley and he told me, ‘when there’s something to tell you, Steve, I’ll tell you’. We’ve left it at that and gone back to work. I’m in the dark like most other people, and for that, I’m glad, really, because I can’t comment on it. It’s not worth talking about it as I really don’t know

2020 05 29 Retrieve

[Steve Bruce hopes the takeover can go ahead for the benefit of the club] If it’s good for Newcastle, and the club are going to try to compete with these teams [the likes of Liverpool and Manchester City], to be part of it would be great. I would love to see it and I’d love to be part of it. I hope it’s where it goes, but in the meantime I’ll just crack on, wait, roll my sleeves up, and get on with trying to get some results to try and get the club going forward. If that happens for Newcastle in the future, then great - I’d be delighted

2020 06 19 Retrieve

[Bruce ‘desperate’ for Serie A-linked Longstaff to sign ‘fantastic deal’] There’s been a lot of talk about Matty Longstaff – we hope that we can resolve something. There’s still dialogue between the respective parties, so we hope. We genuinely want him to stay, the football side of the club want him to stay, and the club want him to stay. We’ve made him a really good offer, the kid, so let’s hope we can get it over the line

[Bruce said of the midfielder, whose older brother Sean is also part of the Newcastle first-team squad] I’ve had a couple of conversations with him since we’ve been back and purely from a football point of view, we’re all desperate for him to stay. He’s a young lad, a Newcastle fan who lives in North Shields and he’s had a remarkable rise very, very quickly. We have offered him a fantastic deal, in my opinion. We hope that he accepts it and we’ll carry on that way until the next few weeks and see where it takes us.

2020 06 21 Retrieve

[Steve Bruce expressed delight for Joelinton after the Newcastle United striker ended his Premier League goal drought in a 3-0 win over Sheffield United] We’re all delighted for him. He probably suffered more in the lockdown, he had no family over and he was stuck in an apartment somewhere. It’s been difficult for him but I’m delighted for him because he’s a really good pro and he can only get better

[Newcastle are now 11 points clear of the bottom three with eight games remaining] After the restart the one thing you want to do is get off to a good start. We’ve got our big players playing at the top of the pitch and as we’ve seen today they can be a threat

2020 06 22 Retrieve

[Joelinton rolled up his sleeves, was involved in the crucial dismissal of John Egan, and duly ended his long wait for a home Premier League goal to cap a fine afternoon for the Magpies] He wants to do well and he has a go. Of course, it’s been difficult for him but he’s only young. He’ll only get better. He wants to achieve things, and when players have the appetite that he has, you know they’re going to be okay

2020 06 25 Retrieve

[Newcastle manager Steve Bruce on Javier Manquillo and Andy Carroll] I’m delighted Javier Manquillo and Andy Carroll have extended their contracts longer term. They have both made important contributions this season and I’m really pleased we can continue to call on them beyond the summer.

2020 06 27 Retrieve

[Steve Bruce wants Newcastle to replicate Premier League performances against Manchester City] The mindset has got to be the same. Whenever you play Manchester City, you know that you’re going to have to be at your best.

They’ve got some of the best players in the world performing and that’s what makes them pretty formidable, especially the way they play. Whether it’s the FA Cup, whatever competition it’s in, Manchester City these days are the real deal, so we’re going to have to be at our best. We managed to be somewhere close to it earlier in the season, let’s hope we can reproduce that and see if we can pull off a shock

[Newcastle returned to action after football’s lockdown with an impressive 3-0 over European hopefuls Sheffield United] We’ve put a decent little run together out of lockdown to come and get four points out of six. We might even have made it six out of six, but a rare defensive lapse unfortunately and we conceded a goal. But overall, I’ve been very, very pleased with the way we are

2020 06 28 Retrieve

[Newcastle United were knocked out of the FA Cup by Manchester City on Sunday, but Steve Bruce clearly liked what he saw from Kevin De Bruyne. Interrupting De Bruyne’s post-match interview with City’s club media, Newcastle boss Bruce grabbed a grinning De Bruyne and told the reporter] He’s going to stay here. He’s going to stay here, come here - that’s an exclusive out of Newcastle tonight. He’s had enough of Manchester City and he’s going to come and play for Newcastle

[Newcastle could soon be in a position to make more expensive signings with a controversial Saudi takeover still being investigated by the Premier League] I think everybody needs a bit of clarity. And if I am led to believe it is the Premier League that are stalling all of the negotiations then they have to come and make a decision sooner or later. It is not healthy for anybody. As I have said for me personally, and we have another game on Wednesday now and we have a wonderful opportunity. We can’t use that [the takeover] as an excuse but we need a bit of clarity and get it put to bed one way or another

2020 06 29 Retrieve

[Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling booked Manchester City’s place in the last four of the FA Cup with a 2-0 win at Newcastle] When you’re playing against teams like this, you can’t make the type of mistake we have done for the penalty. Unfortunately, we gave a poor, poor penalty away and it’s difficult enough because of the ability they’ve got. In the second half, we were much better and brighter, and the big turning point - could we have made it a really good cup tie had we equalised? Who knows whether we would have been able to go on from there, but we were certainly better in the second half

2020 06 29b Retrieve

[Steve Bruce has called on the Premier League to provide clarity on the proposed Saudi-backed takeover of Newcastle] I think everybody needs a bit of clarity. And if I am led to believe it’s the Premier League that are stalling all of the negotiations then they have to come and make a decision sooner or later. It is not healthy for anybody. We have another game on Wednesday [at Bournemouth] and have a wonderful opportunity [to climb the league table]. We can’t use that [the takeover] as an excuse but we need a bit of clarity and get it put to bed one way or another

2020 06 30 Retrieve

[Steve Bruce jokes Kevin De Bruyne is looking at houses in Newcastle] I believe he’s looking for houses up on the coastline. He enjoys being by the sea. He hasn’t got that in Manchester, so we’ll see if we can find him something by the sea. It was tongue-in-cheek and I think people have taken it the right way. How wonderful would it be to have a player like that at Newcastle? What a fantastic footballer he is

[De Bruyne marked his 29th birthday with the opening goal in the game from the penalty spot before Raheem Sterling wrapped up victory, but only after Newcastle substitute Dwight Gayle had passed up a glorious opportunity to equalise] Look, Dwight has been in the game long enough. He’s always been somebody who can score a goal and along the way, you are going to miss them and of course big chances like that […] But knowing Dwight the way I do, he’ll come out and he’ll train this morning and look to put it right tomorrow. That’s the type of character he is

2020 07 01 Retrieve

[Steve Bruce on Newcastle’s schedule: It’s tough but bring it on] Look, it’s the same for all of us, we’ll all be saying the same thing. It’s a time where we will be using a few of the other players who are fresher and I think that’s vitally important. It’s different and it’s very difficult to manage, but the one thing about it is we’re all in the same boat, the games are coming thick and fast - so let’s bring it on

I think when you look at the Premier League results, certainly it’s mirroring the Bundesliga a little bit where there’s more wins away from home than there actually is at home. [Bournemouth are] fighting for their lives, we know what to expect. We’ve got some big games against the bottom teams and the top teams, so let’s be ready for the challenge of Bournemouth because they’re desperate for a few points

[When asked if his team had enough points in the bag to avoid relegation themselves] We’ve got to a certain level, yeah, but it’s Newcastle. You can never count your chickens, can you? We’ve given ourselves a really decent platform with six or seven games to go. Over the last five years, we’ve averaged something like 42 points. Let’s see if we can finish above that; that’s the aim for everybody now. Let’s see where we can finish - can we have a strong finish and see where that takes us?

2020 07 02 Retrieve

[Newcastle ignited their quest for a top-half finish with a comprehensive 4-1 victory at Bournemouth that deepened the Cherries’ relegation fears] Some football we played was arguably the best since I’ve been at the club. Fair play to the players, the ones that came in brought a freshness to us, that energy. I was delighted with how we played except for how things ended, but I’ll forgive them for that!

Saint-Maximin is a joy to watch at the moment. He was a constant threat, played very, very well and he is providing that end product which we need

2020 07 03 Retrieve

[Matty Longstaff: Steve Bruce hoping to convince Newcastle midfielder to stay following Udinese offer] Matty (Longstaff)? I have got a meeting this (Friday) afternoon with him. I am hoping that will be positive. We are still hoping we can overcome something. We don’t want to be losing our young players, we don’t want to be losing our best players. It’s important we try and get over the line with Matty because he is a young player from the area. We don’t want to lose him. We are seeing a lot now of young players being tempted abroad. I hope Matty stays and sees his career is here in Newcastle

We’ve extended them (loans) to the end of the season. The difficulty is for all of us as clubs now is; when are we starting again? Where are the finances at? We haven’t really had that conversation yet, we are all delighted just to get back playing. They are the talking points of us going forward. We’ll have those conversations over the next two, three, four, five weeks. It doesn’t help with takeover talk in the background. That’s why we want that little bit of clarity because we need to keep moving forward

2020 07 04 Retrieve

[Steve Bruce says Newcastle must keep adding big signings to close gap to elite] To mix with the elite is difficult these days, we have to take the club forward. The elite are still a long way off

We’ve seen the best of Joelinton over the last few weeks - he’s looked more accomplished in a wide role and given me more food for thought. With Almiron and Allan, we have to keep adding that bit of quality. Make no mistake, they are the ones who make the difference

They’ve been here three or four years. For me, they epitomise the club. They know the club, what it’s like, they know the demands of what it takes to play here at Newcastle. The club needs that nucleus. It’s important that you keep it. How often do you see a club that gets promoted from the Championship and, all of a sudden, the team that’s got you there is dismantled very, very quickly? All of a sudden you can get yourself in a mess. I think it’s important with the core players here that we tap into that core. Certainly the team who got the club into the Premier League three years ago is still here, still playing and still rightly being rewarded with new contracts.

2020 07 05 Retrieve

[Mark Gillespie: Newcastle United sign former Motherwell goalkeeper] We’re very pleased to welcome Mark aboard. He was here when he was young and has gone on to do very well. He’ll give us really healthy competition with our goalkeepers and we wish him the very best of luck

2020 07 05b Retrieve

[Newcastle came from behind twice to deny West Ham a second successive Premier League win, with the Hammers having to settle for a 2-2 draw] It’s never easy to come from behind in the Premier League and our reply, the second one, was a minute or so [later] and I think that’s what pleased me more than anything, the quality of our first goal. But we gave away a poor first goal and the second one, we knew they were a threat from set pieces. In that respect, a disappointment but we’ve shown a great resilience again to come back, especially after going behind twice

I think they [the players] have enjoyed playing in the system we’re using at the minute. Yes, we’ve had off days, but the resilience of them all season, they certainly have a pride about their work, which is always a good thing to have in your locker and all credit to them. I think if someone had said we’d taken 43 points with five games to play, I think we’d all be delighted with that

We always want to win. What we’re trying to do and achieve is to keep the ball better but keep playing forward if we can. Once we did that, I thought we looked more of a threat and certainly when you see our goals, we played forward and ran forward and that’s the big improvement, I believe and why we’ve been so successful over the last few weeks. I’ve said it before, it’s a great club and it’s a unique club and at the minute, we’re having a decent time so let’s enjoy it while it lasts

2020 07 07 Retrieve

[Newcastle boss Steve Bruce calls on Premier League clubs to fund rescue package for EFL] A million or two million quid in the Premier League these days seems to be nothing. In the lower leagues, that would probably keep them all going for a season. I remember having a conversation with the chairman of Gillingham about how hard it is now with no income, no revenue from the stadium and no supporters. They’re finding it very, very difficult and I believe if we are not careful, we could see the collapse of lots and lots of teams, which for me will be sad

I learned my trade in the lower divisions - I was at Gillingham a long, long time and I will be forever thankful that a small club gave me the chance. Can we find a couple of million quid and put it to the football clubs who badly need it? Because if we are not careful, we are not going to have a structure like we had. It’s on the verge of, probably, collapse from what I am hearing from different managers and different chairman. It’s been very difficult, especially for those lower league ones.

[Asked if it was imperative to keep every league club going] Absolutely. Unfortunately in the last few years, we’ve seen clubs collapse and they’ve been going for a hundred years, some of these clubs. People in the lower divisions work tirelessly to keep their club going, the players, the staff, the chairman in these places. What happens to them if we don’t do something about this?

2020 07 09 Retrieve

[David Silva reminded onlookers of just what Manchester City will be missing next season as he starred in a 5-0 demolition job over Newcastle] It was painful, I’m afraid, especially after where we have been, but I think the whole thing has obviously caught up with us and we haven’t done enough. They’re very, very good, we know that. Since the lockdown, they’ve turned the champions over and to play them twice in a week has been difficult. They were, on the day, just too good for us. Unfortunately today, we were nowhere near the level which we had to get to if you are going to take anything from here

2020 07 10 Retrieve

[Newcastle United boss Steve Bruce looking for reaction at Watford] It’s the manner of it [the defeat against City]. I still thought we could have done better than we did, that’s for sure. The mark of a good team and the honesty of your team is how you respond to a beating, and I’m sure we will be better. We’ve had a couple of awful results this season and we’ve responded in the right way and if we take Manchester City out of the equation, since we’ve been back, we’ve done okay. It’s important that we try to finish it off

We’ll know a little bit more this afternoon when we train, but I hope Almiron, Saint-Maximin and the skipper [Lascelles] will be okay. We’ll see how they are after training. That would give us a hand. Unfortunately the other night - and I’m not trying to make excuses, we were badly beaten - we had too many of our big players not available and it turned into one of those awful nights for us

2020 07 11 Retrieve

[Watford took a significant step towards Premier League survival as two Troy Deeney penalties helped them come from behind to beat Newcastle 2-1 at Vicarage Road] Decisions are meant to be clear and obvious but the penalties looked remarkably soft to me. It was just what Watford needed, you may call us naive, but I felt they were very soft. This is the fourth call like this in a few days. The first was softer than the second. To lose a game in this manner is difficult to accept

I thought our first-half performance was excellent, Saint-Maximin forced a good save from Ben Foster that could’ve made it 2-0 and they needed a shot in the arm. I thought the only way they could beat us was through set-pieces - the first penalty gave them a lifeline

Whether we were naive or they were soft, I’ll let others make that judgement. We’re not getting the decisions in my opinion

2020 07 14 Retrieve

[Steve Bruce: Newcastle need clarity over takeover proposal] We all need clarity on that. I do, the club does, everybody does. We need a decision on that of course and then we can all take stock of that. If that happens then we’ll all see what the change is, if it doesn’t, then we have just got to try and prepare as best as we possibly can and get ready for next season. It’s quite simple.

[Bruce believes every club will be affected by the uncertainties over coronavirus and that his side should not find themselves at a disadvantage] It’s going to be like that for most clubs - we’ve all been put on hold if you like after what’s happened. We’re now getting to grasp the situation and what it is, we still don’t know if fans are going to get back for the start of next season. I think everybody will be cutting their cloth, we are not alone in it. However, we’ve got a big, important summer. We want to move on. We have got to try and identify who we would like to bring in to the club to keep improving, and we will always try and do that.

[Bruce, who opted to play Fabian Schar in central midfield against Watford] I played Fabian Schar because of his physicality. That’s why I’ve played Fab in there. He’s played in that position for his country who are eighth in the world. This debate that I’m not putting Matty in the team simply because of his contract, it’s not true. We’d all like Matty to stay and get things resolved, but the ball is in his court. But I’m certainly not picking a team with that in mind. I picked a team at Watford I thought could win the game. We’ve made him a huge offer, it’s up to the boy to commit himself.

2020 07 15 Retrieve

[Newcastle manager Steve Bruce could be without two more key players after Fabian Schar and Allan Saint-Maximin suffered injuries in the 3-1 home defeat to Tottenham] With the turnaround being so quick we have to look at being ready for next season. Fabian Schär has dislocated his shoulder and Jamaal Lascelles had an operation on his ankle yesterday. To have eight or nine people missing is awful. We don’t want to put a timescale on Jamaal’s injury but you’d think with any ankle injury would be six to eight weeks at least. We’ll have to monitor him. Saint-Maximin has injured his calf, so that’s a problem too.

2020 07 16 Retrieve

[Steve Bruce also confirmed that Jamaal Lascelles has undergone an ankle operation and says his squad is down to the bare bones for the final two games of the season] That’s the problem we face as well with the turnaround being so quick, we’ve got to even look at being ready for next season. Fabian Schar has gone away to hospital with what we think is a dislocation of the shoulder, Jamaal Lascelles had an operation on his ankle yesterday so in that respect, it’s been very difficult. We think [Saint-Maximin’s] nicked his calf so that’s a problem too. We’re down to the bare bones and to have eight or nine people missing is awful

[When asked if some of the injury worries is down to the number of games in a short space of times] inly it benefits the bigger team who can make five or six changes and the strength doesn’t change. We haven’t got that luxury just yet but when Schar goes over and unfortunately dislocates his shoulder, and arguably the two fittest boys on our books, Sean Longstaff and Isaac Hayden nick a hamstring, then it’s a consequence of players playing tired and not recovering enough. It’s a frustration but we knew that the schedule was hectic so we’ll batten down the hatches and try and finish as high as we can

2020 07 16b Retrieve

[Harry Kane’s double took him past 200 club career goals as Tottenham earned a hard-fought 3-1 win at Newcastle to keep their Europa League qualifying hopes alive] I was delighted with the way we played, but unfortunately, we’re struggling defensively with the players we’ve got missing. I don’t want to make that an excuse but frustrated because I couldn’t be more delighted with the football we played and the application they showed but unfortunately, we were a bit naive in our defending at times. There’s a difference in the quality at the top end of the pitch but up until then [when Kane scored his opening goal], we had kept him very quiet

2020 07 18 Retrieve

[Steve Bruce says Newcastle injury situation ‘ridiculous’] We’re without seven, possibly eight. Five of them are centre-backs, which is just ridiculous. It’s a big frustration of ours at the minute. Most people accept you’re going to have one or two or three, but seven or eight is a huge number. But we have to get on with it. We knew there were going to be difficulties ahead, but not to this severity. We’ve had probably too many, so we will look and I will ask the question: ‘Is there anything we can do to improve?’ We’ve had far too many, especially when we’re playing Saturday, Tuesday, Saturday - we can’t seem to cope. Schar’s away to see a specialist - we expect him to have an operation. Florian Lejeune, Isaac Hayden, Sean Longstaff, Paul Dummett, Ciaran Clark, Jamaal Lascelles, Allan Saint-Maximin are all big doubts.

[When asked if he expected any of the eight players to play in either of Newcastle’s final two matches of the season] I wouldn’t think so

[Bruce hoping for Longstaff decision in next week] Of course I would. I put him into the team and gave him his debut. I hope he stays - I’ve made that pretty obvious. The club has made him a great offer. I think I’ve made my stance pretty clear. We’ve done everything as a club to keep him here - it’s up to Matty now to commit himself