Steve Bruce has faced his first press conference since that fortunate draw against Southampton gave Newcastle United their first point of the season before the international break.
With Newcastle set to drop into the relegation zone if / when losing at Old Trafford on Saturday, Friday morning saw Steve Bruce in front of the NUFC journalists.
Having headed off on holiday to Portugal in the international fortnight, Steve Bruce, along with the rest of us, saw Mike Ashley release that ridiculous statement last Friday.
The owner releasing it through the club and used it to have a go at both the Newcastle United fans AND Steve Bruce.
Responding to numerous reports saying Steve Bruce was unhappy with the failure to sign anybody apart from Joe Willock in this summer’s window, Mike Ashley in his statement claimed that Steve Bruce and everybody else in the club hierarchy knew that if Willock was signed, there was no money for any other players, including even a loan signing or two.
Now on Friday morning Steve Bruce has had his chance to reply / react to the Mike Ashley statement…whether he likes it or not.
This is how a number of journalists related back what Steve Bruce has had to say this Friday morning…
Craig Hope of The Mail:
Steve Bruce prickly when asked if he was “comfortable” with NUFC statement. “It is what it is. Does it make a difference if I’m comfortable or disappointed with it? It is what it is. I wanted to bring in a couple of players, it wasn’t possible. End of. What can I do about it?”
Lee Ryder of The Chronicle:
Steve Bruce has spoken publicly for the first time since Newcastle United’s barren deadline day. Despite Bruce explaining that he stipulated he wanted to bring TWO players in on loan, he stated that his request wasn’t possible.
“I think I made it pretty clear I would like to bring a couple in. That wasn’t possible. So I have to get on with it and that’s the top and bottom of it.
“My job is to keep improving. We should never be satisfied, I would like to have brought a couple of players in. That wasn’t possible.
“I understood it, the statement that came out. The policy is what it is.”
“I thought a couple of additions to the squad would help us enormously. Unfortunately it wasn’t possible to do that.
“We were hoping we could trade a couple to bring in a couple. Unfortunately it didn’t work, didn’t happen. Frustrating but that was the stance of the club, I knew what it was, I think the statement has made it pretty obvious what it is, I have to accept it and move on.”
When asked to expand on the policy by Chronicle Live – with no clear blueprint published for a number of years from the boardroom – Bruce replied: “Surely you know?
“You have just seen the policy with the statement haven’t you?
“The policy has been written in front of you and it is pretty clear as far as I am concerned.
“I wanted to try to bring in a couple, it wasn’t possible, end of. What can I do about it?”
Miles Starforth of The Shields Gazette:
Steve Bruce on transfers: ‘I think I made it pretty clear that I would’ve liked to bring a couple in. That wasn’t possible, so I have to go on with it.’
Asked about the club’s statement, Steve Bruce said: ‘I understood the statement that came out. The policy is what it is.’
Steve Bruce speaking to BBC Newcastle:
“You can only pick 25, and to enable us to strengthen, we had to do a bit of trading.
“We were unable to do that. My aim is never to have a huge squad, in terms of numbers – but would have liked it to be strengthened.”
“I would have liked to have brought another couple in. For one reason or another, that didn’t materialise. I was aware from the outset – we know the policy of the club – how difficult it was going to be.”
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