Newcastle stars alarmed by extra days off being given by Steve Bruce
Newcastle stars alarmed by extra days off Steve Bruce continues to schedule despite team being embroiled in a relegation battle… with stars worried about fitness and injuries after not having to train on THREE of the five days since Wolves draw
- Newcastle have not trained on three of the five days since the Wolves draw
- That decision from boss Steve Bruce has left several Magpies players mystified
- Some believe it is detrimental to their fitness and protection against injuries
- Last season’s loanee Danny Rose was said to be staggered with the approach
Newcastle United’s players are alarmed at the number of days off Steve Bruce continues to schedule amid their fight for Premier League survival.
Sportsmail has been told of several who are mystified as to why they have not trained on three of the five days since Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Wolves, especially as they face a crucial game at West Brom on Sunday.
They believe additional time off should be a reward, not the norm.
Newcastle United’s players are alarmed at the number of days off Steve Bruce schedules
Several are mystified as to why they have not trained on three of the five days since Saturday
This has been a familiar complaint since Bruce arrived and, while the two or three days off every week are no doubt welcomed by some, there are others who believe it is detrimental to their fitness and protection against injuries. They feel there is no structure to their programme.
Newcastle, by Bruce’s own admission, have suffered terribly with injuries in his time at the club, yet he continues to insist on extra days off.
Sources have told us that players on the bench can sometimes go as long as four days without any serious exertion, given the day before the game is often a light session and more tactical based.
Last season’s loanee Dany Rose was said to be staggered with the approach, and admitted as much in one interview, when he said: ‘So now I’m at Newcastle, you are getting two or three days off a week if you win. So I’m thinking, ‘What’s going on here then?’. It’s a shock to the system. We would only get one day off if we were lucky under Poch (Mauricio Pochettino) at Spurs.’
Last season’s Tottenham loanee Danny Rose was said to be staggered with the approach
Some players have also raised concerns that Bruce has, on occasion, not stayed with the team in their hotel before matches, particularly those close to his home in the North-West. They believe it sends the wrong message in terms of togetherness.
Newcastle, meanwhile, are sticking by Bruce for now and will attempt to minimise the fallout from their civil war after Matt Ritchie apologised for branding the manager a ‘coward’ – but a team discussion today is likely to get heated.
Bruce will speak to the media for the first time today since Sportsmail’s revelations of his furious training-ground showdown with Ritchie, who was left incensed when his manager publicly blamed him for a tactical mix-up that led to Wolves’ equaliser at the weekend.
Lee Charnley saw the need to base himself at the training ground on Wednesday – 24 hours after the bust-up – and the managing director wanted all parties to mend relations before Sunday’s game at West Brom. Ritchie subsequently said sorry to players and staff for insulting the boss.
Winger Matt Ritchie apologised to players and staff for branding the manager a ‘coward’
During their confrontation, Bruce said to Ritchie, ‘What you going to do? Tell Lee Charnley?’. It is understood Bruce got wind of one player complaining about him to the hierarchy, although that fell on deaf ears as the club would prefer not to change manager, especially as it would cost in excess of £3million in compensation.
But the whole episode has left a fractured dressing-room and Bruce claims he retains the support of many players.
It is thought there will be a group meeting today in which the emphasis will be on sticking together ahead of their survival run-in.
However, given the strength of feeling among some players on either side of the dressing-room split, it could be that frank views are exchanged in light of Sportsmail‘s story that has sent shockwaves through the football club.
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