Michael Chopra stirs it up with Steve Bruce friendly media with claims he’s spoken to Newcastle players
Michael Chopra is making more of a stir as a Newcastle United pundit than he ever did on the pitch for his hometown club.
The striker made only seven Premier League starts in his time at NUFC and scored only the one goal.
Famously, it came in what proved to be Alan Shearer’s last ever match, scoring only seconds after coming on at the Stadium of Light with Newcastle trailing 1-0 with half an hour to go, Shearer scoring as well with the Magpies going on to win 4-1.
That moment of glory was in April 2006 and three months later Michael Chopra was sold to Cardiff for £750,000, only 10 months before Mike Ashley bought Newcastle United.
In his role now as a media pundit, Chopra has already stirred things up by speaking out against Mike Ashley’s running of the club.
His latest one has attracted plenty of attention as well, Michael Chopra claiming to have ‘spoken to some senior players at the club’, with claims that these unnamed players have told him that basically training and preparation for matches is a mess under Steve Bruce, with supposedly ‘some of the players don’t know their jobs.’
However, at the same time he claims to feel ‘sorry’ for Steve Bruce and that ‘a lot of fans want a Geordie as a manager’…
Of all the things Michael Chopra has claimed, I find that last claim the least believable, once Rafa Benitez had left I don’t know of a single Newcastle fan who put ‘Geordie’ as an important factor in deciding who should get the job.
The Chopra claims of anonymous players exposing Steve Bruce have not gone down well with the many journalists who are resolutely behind the new head coach.
I think I am like many other Newcastle fans, as in I can believe that a number of players are unhappy with Steve Bruce so far – what we saw on Saturday at Norwich was worrying to say the least. However, as for who Michael Chopra might or might not have actually talked to, your guess is as good as mine.
Michael Chopra speaking to Talksport:
“I have spoken to some senior players at the club – I won’t mention their names – and under Benitez everything was drilled into them on the training pitch: the team shape, how they were going to play – every day.
“Bruce has come in, and some of the players don’t know their jobs – they are not really working on their shape.
“At Newcastle for two or three years those players have overachieved under Benitez but I don’t think some of the players are good enough for the Premier League. So they need coaching.
“They need coaching – they are not good enough.
“Once the first goal went in some of them dropped their heads and you’re expecting to go to Norwich and at least to try get a point, or three points.
“They are a newly-promoted team who have come into the Premier League and you’d expect Newcastle to be doing better than how they did.
“A lot of Newcastle fans want a Geordie as a manager but it’s a difficult time because he’s coming to replace Benitez.
“People say the fans aren’t behind him but once he got the job you’ve got 47,000 fans turning up for the first game and 2,000 fans going to Norwich.
“I think they are backing Bruce as much as they can.
“Newcastle fans don’t want to see their club relegated, they don’t want them to fail.
“There’s a big problem with Ashley but I believe fans are getting behind Bruce at this moment in time.”
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