Newcastle assistant ‘extra tactically conscious’ than Steve Bruce

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Newcastle United supporters seem convinced that star striker Callum Wilson’s recent comments regarding deputy manager Graeme Jones were intended as a kind of nudge on boss Steve Bruce.

Newcastle’s suffering

The Magpies are of course currently preparing for the rapidly approaching new Premier League campaign.

After a respectable 12th place last time, the Tyneside supporters were undoubtedly hoping to move towards mid-table next time.

From today’s point of view, however, Steve Bruce and Co. hardly seem to fulfill such ambitions.

Up to this point in the summer, while others in the English top division have decided to inject the money, Newcastle have not received a single signing.

Even Joe Willock, long known as the Magpies number 1 target ahead of next season, right now looks like he’s actually making a return to St. James’ Park.

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Newcastle United English midfielder Joe Willock (L) celebrates his team’s second goal during the English Premier League football match between Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur at St by SCOTT HEPPELL / POOL / AFP via Getty Images)

“The manager has different strengths …”

Transfer inactivity aside, however, the strongest criticism of the often-maligned Newcastle owner Mike Ashley up to this point this summer has surrounded the business magnate’s continued support for manager Steve Bruce.

The English tactician Bruce has long been a divisive figure on Tyneside, with more and more Magpies supporters joining the “Bruce Out” brigade every day.

When one of the club’s star cast members, deliberately or not, questioned his boss’s tactical nous today, it was no surprise when Newcastle believers reacted quickly.

Callum Wilson spoke in an interview with club legend Alan Shearer of The Athletic of the impact of Graeme Jones, who joined St. James as assistant coach in January.

And the ex-Bournemouth man was by no means shy when he admitted that Jones is both “more tactically conscious” and “current” about him than the older Bruce:

“I think Graeme Jones, who joined the coach (in January), definitely complemented the coach because he is a bit more tactical and more up-to-date while the coach has his different strengths and qualities.”

Wilson continued:

“When you see the results towards the end of the season and the way we were in the games, we had more style and philosophy. That will happen from the start of the season with a good coach who will support the previous coaches. ‘

“Bruce is in the back”

And, as noted above, if the subsequent reaction on the part of the Magpies believers is something, then it seems that Wilson’s comments have actually been interpreted as less than subtle criticism of Steve Bruce’s coaching skills.

In the comment section of a social media post that insisted that the hit man Wilson meant no harm, Newcastle’s supporters didn’t take a beating with their responses:

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