Steve Bruce reveals whether he has lost patience with his Newcastle United players after x-rated outburst

Newcastle United boss Steve Bruce insists he has not lost patience with his Magpies squad despite his recent x-rated media outbursts.

Sunday, 17th January 2021, 12:00 pm

Discussing his side’s Sheffield United defeat, Bruce this week launched into an x-rated rant with his player’s show coming under fire.

And when quizzed whether his patience has worn thin with the United dressing-room, he insisted: “No. No. But it’s that performance like we had the other night or against Brentford, or against Norwich away last year, or Leicester away last year. I can give you them, when unfortunately it’s been unacceptable. I have to take the responsibility for that and ask the question why? Why have we done so well against Arsenal? Why have we done so well against Liverpool?”

Accepting a portion of the blame, Bruce has hinted he will change things up for tomorrow night’s trip back to the Emirates Stadium, the place where the Magpies drew a blank in the FA Cup eight days ago, but came close to edging past the Gunners into round four – but for a late extra-time double by the hosts.

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Newcastle United's English head coach Steve Bruce (C) and Assistant Coaches Stephen Clemence (L) and Steve Agnew (R) walk on the pitch ahead of the English Premier League football match between Sheffield United and Newcastle United at Bramall Lane in Sheffield, northern England on January 12, 2021.

“In hindsight, personnel perhaps, I picked the wrong team,” he said of his Bramall Lane selection.

"Okay I accept that, but no matter what team I picked I still expect the team to perform better than what it did.”

The frank assessment from Bruce continued.

He said: "I got it wrong. I got it wrong and I have to accept what is coming my way, as I always do and get on with it.”

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