Newcastle United winger Matt Ritchie chats with assistant coach Graeme Jones. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
Newcastle United winger Matt Ritchie chats with assistant coach Graeme Jones. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

10 extraordinary training ground bust-ups as Matt Ritchie and Steve Bruce 'clash' at Newcastle United

Training ground bust-ups probably happen quite often – but not all of them are leaked to the media.

Thursday, 4th March 2021, 12:56 pm

However, that can’t be said about Newcastle United this morning, after a report from the Daily Mail detailed an incident involving head coach Steve Bruce and Matt Ritchie.

The pair are said to have clashed when Ritchie called Bruce “a coward” after he blamed the Scotland international for failing to pass on tactical instructions during the 1-1 draw against Wolves.

Moments after the 31-year-old entered the field at St James’s Park on Saturday, the visitors equalised through Ruben Neves’ header.

Newcastle declined to comment on the incident at their Benton training base, though one source insisted that any issues between Bruce and Ritchie had been “resolved”.

Here, we take a look at 10 other training ground bust-ups that have made their way into the media:

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