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Newcastle’s Steve Bruce prevents written press from asking questions after ending Zoom call after 4 minutes

Newcastle’s Steve Bruce prevents written press from asking questions after ending Zoom call after 4 minutes

Bruce cuts off reporters

Steve Bruce prevented any of the written media from asking him questions in his press conference today.

The Newcastle United manager is under increasing pressure at the northeast club after a string of poor performances has seen the Magpies slip back into a possible relegation fight to maintain their Premier League status.

He did take questions from broadcast media and when doing so regarding United’s form spoke of ‘ignoring the noise.’

“There’s no disputing we’re on a difficult run,” said Bruce. “The quicker you get a result the better. As I’ve said many times we’re not alone in the Premier League. All you can do is prepare as best you can, and ignore the noise.”

Could the ‘noise’ be referring to that of the written press which were shunned from asking questions?

Newcastle’s Steve Bruce prevents written press from asking questions after ending Zoom call after 4 minutes

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND – JANUARY 01: Steve Bruce, Manager of Newcastle United looks on during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Leicester City at St. James Park on January 01, 2020 in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

The Mirror’s Simon Bird was shocked by the behaviour of the former Manchester United man.

“Steve Bruce has concluded his press conference and took no questions from written media. Video call cut off after just 4 reporters from TV asked questions. First time in 20 years that’s happened. P*** poor from club and Bruce.”

Bruce confirms Saint-Maximin not yet ready

In the brief amount of words given by Steve Bruce, he did confirm a number of players would still be unavailable due to injury and from the Covid-19 outbreak at the club.

“I’d think it’d be too much for him but we’ll see. He’s been out for something like eight weeks. We’ve got to box a little bit clever.”

“I don’t think Ciaran Clark, Federico Fernández and Paul Dummett will be quite right. We’ll see how Javier Manquillo is. He is one of the victims of having injury + COVID issues so we’ll make an assessment today. He’s 50/50 for the game.”

Sitting just 5 points above Fulham having played a game more, Newcastle face Leeds United in the hope of securing vital points. Fulham themselves face fellow relegation candidates Brighton with a victory making the situation for the bottom 6 clubs very interesting.

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This article was edited by Josh Barker.

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