Newcastle United midfielder Jonjo Shelvey has hailed Steve Bruce.

Newcastle United are still finding their feet under Steve Bruce, but four points from the last two games against Tottenham Hotspur and Watford has left them on a more positive footing.

Defeats to Arsenal and Norwich City had left fans concerned, and there’s still much for Bruce to prove over the coming weeks and months.

Despite being a boyhood Newcastle fan, Bruce was a hugely unpopular appointment as a replacement for Rafael Benitez this summer, having been sacked by Aston Villa in the Championship last year.

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A former Sunderland manager too, Bruce has a tough task getting fans on his side, and he hasn’t been helped by ex-Newcastle players twisting the knife a little.

Former Magpies striker Michael Chopra has told talkSPORT that Newcastle players have spoken to him about how they don’t even know their roles under Bruce, with no work done on team shape.

Bruce laughed off those claims, and midfielder Jonjo Shelvey – a £12million signing from Swansea City in 2016 (Guardian) – moved to defend his boss yesterday, telling The Chronicle that Newcastle players don’t even know who Chopra is, never mind share details about training with him.

Shelvey also praised Bruce has one of the best man-managers he’s worked with in his career, hailing the former Hull City man for the atmosphere he is creating at the club.

Fans aren’t buying it though, telling Shelvey to stop talking and perform on the pitch, highlighting that the only ’embarrassing’ thing was his failed penalty in the recent Carabao Cup tie against Leicester City.

Others think that Shelvey is just praising Bruce because he’s ‘desperate’ for a new contract, and will be criticising Bruce when he’s out of the team by the end of 2019.

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