Lee Clark ‘delighted’ with Steve Bruce positives at Newcastle United
Lee Clark has been talking about recent events at Newcastle United.
A key member of the Kevin Keegan ‘Entertainers’ team that went within four years from almost dropping into the third tier to coming within a whisker of winning the Premier League, Clark isn’t exactly expecting that kind of turnaround in fortunes.
However, he was very impressed with the way that Newcastle United bounced back from the five goal hammering at Leicester City.
Lee Clark says that he is a long-term friend of Steve Bruce and is ‘delighted’ for the NUFC Head Coach following the win over Manchester United.
Clark majors on the Geordie influence of both the head coach and players.
One or two details a little bit wrong with the match being on the Sunday not Saturday and Paul Dummett actually never got on the pitch BUT no doubt he is on the money when talking about the two biggest talking points, the performances of Matty and Sean Longstaff.
Lee Clark says that he spoke to the two brothers’ father on the day of the Man Utd win and the day after, saying how ‘unbelievably proud’ the family are.
The two brothers have now set the standard and very interesting to see how they get on in the upcoming matches.
Isaac Hayden isn’t available until November due to suspension, so there is every chance Matty Longstaff will get his chance against Chelsea away and Wolves at home, to prove Man Utd wasn’t just a one-off.
Jonjo Shelvey and Ki Sung-yeung have done nothing to suggest they should be in the team, so it seems common sense to see just what the 19 year can do in these next two games as a minimum.
Lee Clark talking to Tribal Football:
‘I was at Newcastle’s win over Manchester United last Saturday and it was a brilliant feeling…
The win has just given the whole city a lift in terms of the result, the performance, the reaction to what’s happened at Leicester, and the fact it was involving four local lads, with the two Longstaff brothers, Andy Carroll and Paul Dummett.
It’s great to see and certainly the way the two Longstaffs performed and the story with young Matty on his debut getting the winner, it’s just given everyone a huge boost, without going overboard. The fact that we’ve beaten Man United, we’ve responded to the Leicester loss and the main characters in the story, even though the whole team deserves credit, are the two local lads.
I spoke to David Longstaff on Sunday and Monday, and obviously the family is unbelievably proud and rightly so. It’s unique. You must be so proud to have one son playing for the club but to have two of them, and the way they performed alongside each other in the middle of the pitch, it’s amazing.
Steve has responded with the rest of the players and it has given everybody something to look forward to. Obviously it’s a very tough fixture against Chelsea but there’s more belief after the last result. It’s always difficult for a new manager to come in he’s seeing new players and giving everyone a clean slate and this might be a watershed moment where everything goes back to basics.
Being a friend for a long time, I’m delighted for Steve. I want him to be a successful, I want the football team to do the well. I’m delighted for Steve and his staff, I think everyone would’ve taken the result, but in the way it was achieved, it gives a real boost in optimism.’
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