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Steve Bruce wants to give Newcastle United star third new contract in 21 months – Bizarre

1 year ago

Steve Bruce has had plenty to say ahead of the new season.

A bit of an overload at times, as though he is reading from a script…

As though there isn’t enough going on with the first game of the season on Sunday, the new head coach introduced a new extra topic.

Steve Bruce declaring that he had decided he wants to now reward established players with new contracts.

Considering he hasn’t even been in the job for a month, he is a fast worker. Plus, the fact that there is a general acceptance that he has no authority beyond training and choosing the team.

You would think that with the transfer window now closed, new contracts isn’t a subject that needed bringing up before a ball has even been kicked.

At times it feels like a desperate need for the club to try and get as many feelgood/positive stories out there, you would almost think it was coinciding with planned boycotts and protests…

Indeed, why talk about instead of just doing it and then announcing hew contracts for whoever?

Steve Bruce is claiming this as his initiative but the delivery is very confused, as though he has been told certain subjects to cover in his press conferences but hasn’t learnt his lines properly, or properly understood exactly what he is supposed to be saying. Already slipping at times into Alan Pardew territory of making it up as you go along.

The Head Coach says that ‘It is vitally important that the ones who have been here, they deserve a big pat on the back. They deserve new deals which we need to tie them up to.’

Steve Bruce naming Isaac Hayden, Martin Dubravka, Matt Ritchie and Jamaal Lascelles.

The first three are pretty obvious, although I wouldn’t see much point in giving Ritchie more than an additional season, as turns 30 next month and still has two years left as it stands.

However, it is becoming a bit of a joke with Jamaal Lascelles, the club appearing to fall back on a new contract for the captain when they want a PR push.

On 6 October 2017, Lascelles was given a new six year contract to tie him down.

Then on 1 November 2018 the captain was given a new six year contract to tie him down.

Lee Charnley quoted back then – 1 November 2018:

“Being captain of Newcastle United carries important responsibilities on and off the pitch and this is recognition of Jamaal’s on-going contribution to the role.

“He has become a key member of the squad and a leader in the dressing room, and with many years ahead of him in his career, there is still much more to come.

“We are delighted that Jamaal has renewed his commitment to the club.”

So now in August 2019 is Lascelles going to get a new six year contract (he still has five years left to go of the November 2018 one, so presumably any new one would have to be a minimum of six years again) to secure him to the club, what would be his third new six year contract in the space of 21 months?

I can’t wait for the actual football to start because then at least we might get rid of some of this pre-season PR spin and everybody will be talking about and judging Steve Bruce and Mike Ashley on results on the pitch, not PR stories to try and convince fans that they are trying to do things properly.

As for new contracts, if there are any flying about then I think Fabian Schar should be first in the queue.

Steve Bruce – 9 August 2019:

“The club three years ago blew away the Championship.

“The players brought in were too good for the Championship.

“And those players, five or six of them, are still the nucleus of the squad.

“They deserve big credit and that is why I want to reward them (with new enhanced contracts).

“I have had a conversation with Lee Charnley and he feels exactly the same too.

“We’ll be sitting down and talking to four or five of them to make sure that cornerstone remains.

“It is vitally important that the ones who have been here, they deserve a big pat on the back.

“They deserve new deals which we need to tie them up to and I think Lee (Charnley) has already spoken to two or three.

“He (Isaac Hayden) has indicated he is willing to sit down and talk to us – I’m delighted of course.

“Him and Matt Ritchie and the goalkeeper and the captain (Jamaal Lascelles), there are probably four or five we want to talk to.”


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