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Newcastle manager Steve Bruce says only his players can answer whether he has lost the dressing-room

Under-fire Newcastle manager Steve Bruce says only his players can answer whether he has lost the dressing room after dismal loss to Sheffield United as he admits they ‘threw the hand grenade’ at Bramall Lane

  • Steve Bruce says only the players can say whether he has lost the dressing-room 
  • Bruce says he retains their support but he doesn’t know what they are thinking
  • Newcastle United lost 1-0 to Sheffield United in the Premier League on Tuesday  

Steve Bruce says only his Newcastle players can answer the question as to whether he has lost the dressing-room.

The head coach believes he retains their support but admits he does not know what they are truly thinking.

‘I’m the wrong one to ask,’ he said. ‘I saw nothing wrong with them at Arsenal (2-0 FA Cup defeat) and Liverpool at home (0-0 draw).

Manager Steve Bruce says only the players can say whether he has lost the dressing-room

‘So you’ll have to ask them, and do your rounds on them. I still believe, yes, but we can’t accept that performance the other night (1-0 defeat at Sheffield United). It’s that hand grenade we throw in that bitterly disappoints me.

‘When we’re expected to win we don’t handle it very well at all. That’s where we are. That’s why the roof caves in.

‘I have to take the responsibility for that and ask the question: why have we done so well against Arsenal? Why have we done so well against Liverpool?’

Bruce believes he has retained their support but he doesn't know what they are truly thinking

Bruce believes he has retained their support but he doesn’t know what they are truly thinking

Newcastle United recently lost 1-0 to Sheffield United in the Premier League on Tuesday

Newcastle United recently lost 1-0 to Sheffield United in the Premier League on Tuesday

Supporters will argue that the games where Bruce claims his players have performed well did not produce any goals.

They return to Arsenal in the Premier League this evening on the back of the manager calling their display at Sheffield United ‘absolute s***e’.

And he said: ‘We have to offer more going forward. The other night we didn’t do the basics well enough. Forget about tactics and formations, we didn’t do the basics well enough to win a match.’

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