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Steve Bruce early Friday morning press conference – Talks Arsenal, boycotts and ‘remarkable’ transfers

1 year ago
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Steve Bruce has taken his first ever Newcastle United pre-match Premier League press conference.

Switching from Rafa’s traditional after training afternoon slot, the NUFC head coach met journalists early on Friday morning.

He had plenty to say ahead of facing Arsenal, which he says is always a tough game.

Steve Bruce has so far won 110 of his 392 Premier League matches and making it 111 on Sunday would settle a lot of nerves.

However, Newcastle have a shocking record against them and apart from the 2-1 win in April 2018, Newcastle haven’t beaten them at St James Park since 2005.

The omens aren’t good for Steve Bruce either, his first ever PL game as a manager was a 2-0 defeat to the Gunners.

As well as Arsenal, Steve Bruce had a lot to say about a ‘Remarkable’ transfer window and one where Mike Ashley has ‘backed me’, boycotts are also covered with the head coach saying fans have a right to do so but he hopes it doesn’t ‘upset’ the team.

His message to the fanbase is ‘I’m convinced that I and the team will give them something to shout about.’

We are set to see this tested very soon.

Steve Bruce pre-Arsenal press conference and asked first about the transfer window just gone:

“(It had been) Remarkable.

“I’m delighted.

“A lot of hard work has gone in and they have backed me.

“A lot of people have put a lot of work in to bring in the five we brought in… It’s given everyone a bit of excitement, which is what the club needs.

“(Andy Carroll) was desperate to come back… If he stays fit, a fit Andy Carroll is as good as you’re going to get.

“As soon as you walk through the door here, there’s a certain pressure on you – but that’s why I’m here.

“I couldn’t be any more delighted with what we’ve brought in. We’ve brought in some very good players who I’m sure the supporters will enjoy watching.”

Arsenal:

“Make no mistake – they (Arsenal) were Europa League finalists (last season).

“They’re a big club and have been for years… You always know it’s going to be a tough game.”

Naming a 25 man Premier League squad with five to miss out:

‘The players who are left out now know.

“Unfortunately I’ve got to let four or five of them down, that is the rules.”

Newcastle fans boycott:

“Everyone is entitled to boycott.

“They pay their hard earned money.

“But for me personally, I don’t want it to upset the team.

“I’m convinced that I and the team will give them something to shout about.”

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