Newcastle fans have taken to Twitter to react after hearing what Callum Wilson said about Steve Bruce and Graeme Jones.
What’s the story?
Well, speaking to Alan Shearer for The Athletic, Newcastle’s No.9 spoke very highly of Jones, and described him as tactically superior to Bruce.
Wilson said: “I think Graeme Jones coming in as a coach (in January), definitely complemented the manager because he’s a little bit more tactically aware and up to date, whereas the manager has his different strengths and attributes.
“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.”
Now, there was probably no malice behind his words, but it’s quite bold for the 29-year-old to describe his manager’s No.2 as being more tactically switched on.
Additionally, it is intriguing to see that Wilson – who earns £46,154-a-week – doesn’t really go into detail about Bruce’s strong points either.
The £20m striker merely says that the man who signed him has ‘his different strengths and attributes’ – interesting.
No doubting Graeme Jones’ quality
In truth, Bruce can’t be too annoyed about these comments, as Wilson isn’t exactly lying – Jones is a quality coach.
Results began to improve after his arrival from Bournemouth at the start of 2021, and he played a big role in Newcastle’s survival.
Also, Jones was named as part of Gareth Southgate’s staff for EURO 2020, as England reached the final.
Clearly, he’s a talented figure.
In fairness to Bruce, while we can’t imagine comments like this will please him, he did well to identify Jones’ qualities and bring him to Tyneside.
Let’s see what the Newcastle fans on Twitter have been saying about Wilson’s comments…
Whether intentionally or otherwise, this is brutal https://t.co/oR8DTF4IJO— some context Rick Burin (@rickburin) August 2, 2021
Bruce will be fuming 🤣 https://t.co/mPkibijfYE— Ben (@Bengn87) August 2, 2021
Wilson Throwing Bruce under the bus, you love to see it🤣 https://t.co/RSROKeKb2o— Greg O’ Grady (@Peglegmacgreg) August 2, 2021
Absolutely insane how seemingly everyone in and around the club KNOWS how tactically inept Bruce is, and he needed an assistant to come in and essentially do his job for him, the players now publicly admitting his lack of managerial and tactical ability, YET HE STILL HAS A JOB https://t.co/W1oV3y2CYv— evan (@Evanfbird) August 2, 2021
If Wilson thinks this the whole squad must think the same, Bruce doesn’t do tactics he’s not a good man manager he fought with four senior pros last season insulted the fans, a better question what is he good at nobody knows yet Ashley has given his a rolling contract #NUFC https://t.co/mI7VIGgCOD— Beacons Truth (@davidikon76) August 2, 2021