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Alan Brazil leaps to defence of friend Steve Bruce after comments from Newcastle players

2 weeks ago
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Alan Brazil was one of the most vocal during Steve Bruce’s 27 months at St James Park.

Along with so many other presenters, pundits and journalists, loyally backing up their mate, no matter what the evidence / reality.

Alan Brazil repeatedly bigging up Steve Bruce and ridiculing Newcastle fans.

Even though Steve Bruce has now departed and is spending his reported £8m pay-off, Alan Brazil is still racing to defend his mate.

Friday morning seeing Alan Brazil react to comments from a Newcastle United player, who has claimed that the squad are already feeling fitter thanks to Eddie Howe’s higher level and more intensive training, plus spending more time on the training pitch (instead of going on holiday to Portugal…).

Alan Brazil speaking on Talksport – 19 November 2021:

“It was one of the [Newcastle] players who said it.

“I am not going to dig him out….

“I am not going to dig him out…because he is maybe trying to get the boys [Newcastle players] going.

“But when he comes out and says, ‘Already we are sharper, we are fitter’, and Newcastle fans have had a go at me, give us a break.

“Steve Bruce’s teams are not unfit. I am sick of this.”

You can take your pick because Fabian Schar has followed up Callum Wilson this week, both indicating openly that basically fitness wasn’t what it should have been under Steve Bruce, whilst no doubt the rest of the NUFC first team squad are all thinking the same as well.

Callum Wilson interviewed earlier this week:

 “The test that we did [now Eddie Howe is taking training], the bleep test, was just a six-minute one, but that was to gauge where our fitness levels are.

“We are obviously training with a lot more intensity now [than under Steve Bruce].

“To play a certain style of play you have to cope with the demands of that training and we want to play attacking football. There will be a lot more pressure on the ball and we will be further up the pitch. To do that, you need to train this way (intensely) and to train that way you have to improve your fitness levels.

“For us, we have had a style of play where we have not had much of the ball and sat back more. So you get to a certain level of fitness. All of a sudden if you aren’t working on that, week in, week out, day in, day out – you are going to drop off a little bit slightly.

“For us, this has been a good time now to get some more high speed runs into our legs and more intensity into our legs. Hopefully that will stand us in good stead for when the games start coming thick and fast.”

Fabian Schar as well talking this week after coming back from international duty:

“I have had just two training sessions now [after returning from international duty] with them [Eddie Howe and his coaching staff] but all I can say and what I hear from the lads, is that it has been amazing.

“You can see how hard working guys they are and they want to get the best out of each player.

“This is what every player is expecting from a manager as well.

“Everyone will do everything for the manager and for the team.

“We are all happy to have them here now.

“We are looking together for the next few games.

“Now we have to start and win games.”

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