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.
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.
I think his inability and / or unwillingness to graft on the pitch is embarrassing— Stewart (@costanza55) September 9, 2019
How’s the contract talks coming on? Need a boost maybe?— vic bates (@victorbates) September 9, 2019
he’ll be criticising him by Christmas when he’s not getting any game-time.— Man Like Design (@ManLikeDesign1) September 9, 2019
What a shocker He’s defending the guy who put him back in the lineup …..just wait till his form drops off and he’s dropped with it.— Stuart Pearce (@stuart_pearce) September 9, 2019
Someone is desperate for a new contract…..— Ian (@ian_riches) September 9, 2019
As someone on £70k+ a week and with one foot out the door under Rafa Benitez, to Steve Bruce and a possible new contract – of course he’s defending all sides.— Kevin Doocey (@KevinDoocey) September 9, 2019
Jonjo Shelvey hits back at ’embarrassing’ Newcastle United critics https://t.co/y5w0poX4p5— Allan Barter (@allan_barter) September 9, 2019
I’ve heard most excuses over 58 years of supporting this club.
The rhetoric that comes out of the club & players has broken the camels back.
The present lack of support tells its own story
Sure it has nothing to do with him wanting a new contract ?— Big Cel (@BigCel5) September 9, 2019
Who cares what the fans think. Most are clueless anyway— NUFC (@PrimeDiame) September 9, 2019
“stupid and embarrassing”. Is he describing his pathetic penalty attempt against Leicester?— Jonbobson (@jonbobson) September 9, 2019
Jesus Christ some of the comments from Jonjo Shelvey on #nufc #bruce #manmagement & ex players and fans when he is clearly never going to be a weekly player are beyond parody.— Andrew Davis (@andrew14ad) September 9, 2019
I’m sure @MichaelChopra knows more than him on the club irrespective of goals he keeps bringing up.
Do it on the pitch. Ur boring.— Cryteareons Collection (@icharliehunter) September 9, 2019