According to The Times, some senior Newcastle players went to see Steve Bruce after the 1-0 defeat to Brentford on December 22nd.
The Times say that, in every Premier League game since this visit, the Magpies have used a three-man centre-back system.
Significantly, The Times add that this was a system Bruce was trying to move away from.
In our eyes, this suggests that the senior Newcastle players in question had an influence on the ex-Sunderland manager’s tactical approach.
Why else would the Magpies boss stick with a system he no longer wanted to use?
It very much sounds as if Bruce had many questions to answer after losing to Brentford, a defeat which only added to the pressure he was already under.
In our view, it sounds as if the 60-year-old allowed his decision making to be influenced by others after the embarrassing Carabao Cup quarter-final defeat.
Perhaps he was aware things under his guidance weren’t going to plan, and was then willing to make alterations based on what his senior players were telling him.
Whatever the reason, The Times‘ update doesn’t reflect well on the Newcastle boss.
If a manager is losing faith in a tactical set-up, there must’ve been a reason for that.
This piece of news only adds to the question marks surrounding Bruce at St James’ Park, in our view.
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