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Top journalist points out obvious with Steve Bruce’s Newcastle after Chelsea – What colleagues refuse to do

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One journalist who has always written about and spoken well about Newcastle United, is Henry Winter.

The best football writer in the country, Henry Winter is the Chief Football Writer at The Times.

Not a Newcastle United fan but somebody with a lot of affinity with the region and who understands totally the issues at St James Park.

Whilst other journalists / newspapers are always prepared to favour the likes of Mike Ashley and Steve Bruce, Henry Winter has always spoken up (see below) in defence of the Newcastle fans and is rarely anything but spot on.

Monday night no different, with Henry Winter keen to lay down exactly what the current position is, after a stroll for Chelsea to win 2-0.

Henry Winter – Chief Football Writer at The Times – Monday 15 February 2021:

“Somebody needs to tell Newcastle United that they’ve been drawn into a relegation fight.

“They don’t seem aware.

“No sense of urgency, nobody shouting or taking responsibility.

“So lightweight.

“Newcastle United looked almost shy at engaging Chelsea.”

That is spot on.

Steve Bruce is still in denial that Newcastle are even in a relegation battle.

Those on TV pointed out how the Newcastle United side came out in small groups onto the pitch, rather than as one unit…team.

On the pitch there is little talking, nobody showing leadership, nobody encouraging others, especially when it comes to encouraging young players such as Lewis and Willock who have arrived this season.

Whilst Chelsea were indeed allowed to sew up the game in the first-half with no real engagement from Newcastle United, the hosts then able to just stroll to victory after the break in first gear.

Henry Winter writing in The Times – 13 April 2019:

‘Newcastle’s owner, Mike Ashley, either has to sell up or become a proper owner, somebody who invests properly, and gives Benítez the assurances he needs for the future, sorting out the training ground, and also making permanent Salomón Rondón’s loan deal from West Bromwich Albion.

With more time under Benítez’s tutelage and work on the training ground, the instinctive understanding and complementary gifts of Rondón, Pérez and Miguel Almirón could prove a formidable attacking trident.

Ashley should be pleading with Benítez to sign a new deal, give him more funds to strengthen the team and then push on next season.

Newcastle should be challenging for seventh, as Leicester City were.

Ashley’s handling of what should be a straightforward situation — back the manager, respect the fans and reap the dividends — is so strange as Newcastle would be even more attractive to buyers with more unity behind the scenes, and more successful on the pitch with some judicious recruiting.

The huge potential of the club was again confirmed by their magnificent 3,000 following outsinging opposing fans who outnumbered them 10-1.’

Henry Winter speaking to BBC Radio Five Live – 5 February 2018:

“Newcastle United’s most important asset, along with Rafa Benitez, their most important asset is their fan base…this incredible support.

“It has been said a million times, it doesn’t need to be re-emphasised – they are fantastic.

“Without them, the club is nothing.

“The club is just 11 guys on the pitch, it is just bricks and mortar, and a slightly lack of soul in the boardroom – everyone can see that.

“What makes Newcastle tick, as with most clubs, but particularly with Newcastle because of the way it dominates the city, emotionally and geographically – that stadium – the fans are absolutely key.

“Ashley, sitting in London, has got to listen to these people.

“He has got to sell up, he has got to move out.

“I can’t believe that he sleeps particularly easily at night know he is getting vilified, quite rightly, by sane people.

“He has to sell up, he has to move on.”

Stats from BBC Sport:

Chelsea 2 Newcastle 0 – Monday 15 February 8pm

Goals:

Newcastle:

Chelsea:

Giroud 31, Werner 39

(Half-time stats in brackets)

Possession was Chelsea 66% (68%) Newcastle 34% (32%)

Total shots were Chelsea 18 (12) Newcastle 10 (2)

Shots on target were Chelsea 5 (3) Newcastle 4 (0)

Corners were Chelsea 10 (7) Newcastle 5 (2)

Referee: Peter Bankes

Newcastle United:

Darlow, Krafth, Lascelles, Clark, Lewis, Willock (Carroll 79), Hayden, Shelvey, Saint-Maximin (Fraser 72), Almiron, Gayle (Joelinton 64)

Unused Subs:

Dubravka, Dummett, Matty Longstaff, Ritchie, Murphy, Sean Longstaff

Crowd: 00,000

(Chelsea 2 Newcastle 0 – Instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to Monday night’s defeat – Read HERE)

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