Newcastle has NO spark, NO desire and NO idea when they go to Aston Villa … Steve Bruce turns to Bournemouth coach Graeme Jones and he best has some ideas on how to turn this sinking ship over
Newcastle United can only hope that aspiring coach Graeme Jones arrives with a plan to keep them in the Premier League.
Because based on this 10th game in a row without a win, Steve Bruce has none. It seems he doesn’t have his players either. They couldn’t have been less interested in rescuing their subordinate boss in Villapark.
It was a new formation again, this time 5-3-2. Another change of staff, four of them knocked out at Arsenal. But everything else remained the same – no spark, no desire, no idea.
Steve Bruce (left) oversaw another dismal performance by Newcastle when his side fell to defeat
Bertrand Traore (center) got on the scoresheet with Ollie Watkins (right) in Aston Villa’s win
Bruce vowed to do it ‘his way’ last week. The only constant since his declaration of independence is the attack of Callum Wilson and Andy Carroll.
Still, since Bruce’s reboot, he’s been playing without wingers in both games. Wilson and Carroll looked, to no one’s surprise, isolated and furious.
And what should Wilson think? He turned down a move to Villa in the summer in favor of Newcastle. He would love to have Jack Grealish and Ross Barkley as his stock line. Bruce’s team has now scored one goal in 13 hours.
Callum Wilson is still starving from midfield as Bruce went without wingers
They were 2-0 down at half-time, which was quite an achievement given their despondent appearance.
Newcastle can be passive – if not passing – like no other team in the division. They are weak in both body and mind. And not only do they don’t look like scoring, they hardly seem capable of a shot.
Experts say they are on the defensive. But they only look like this because they cannot attack.
The club’s response to all of this, it seems, is to hire Bournemouth coach Jones, who will join Bruce’s backroom team this week.
He’s best got some damn good ideas.
Gateshead-born Graeme Jones (left) is in talks for the role and is currently working in Bournemouth