Newcastle United have usually bounced back from heavy defeats with positive reactions in the past, but that urgency is nowhere to be seen as of late. Newcastle United desperately need to pick up some points over their next few games, but it will be a difficult task against Aston Villa, Leeds United, and Everton.
A winless streak of nine games is a major crisis, and the expectation is for the manager to quickly find a system that works, and to hold players accountable for mistakes and lack of effort on the pitch. Well, that has not been the case at all.
As reported by the Chronicle, Bruce actually decided to take on the role of being a nice guy, a friendly figure in the dressing room to “sympathize” with the players and boost morale after losing 3-0 to Arsenal. What a joke. This is the situation Newcastle United are in at the moment.
Boost morale by holding the players’ hands and telling them it will be okay? Come on, that is not how it works. Overall, we all know that Steve Bruce and his tactics are the main problem at the club, but too many players have also become complacent and are too inconsistent.
Accountability and leadership is the key to survival for Newcastle United.
Everyone at the club needs to take a good look in the mirror and wake up. Yes, every team in the Premier League experiences a dip in form, but this inconsistency has gotten out of hand. On paper, Newcastle United have sufficient talent to comfortably avoid relegation and knock on the door of the top ten, and that is a message Bruce needs to get across.
The staff needs to make the team realize that upcoming games will not get any easier, and that the players need to work their socks off to make up for wasted opportunities in the past in order to solidify their Premier League status. Moreover, captain Jamaal Lascelles needs to step up and lead by example.
Back when Rafa Benitez was in charge Lascelles was the player who would call teammates out in training and was even involved in physical altercations. That energy and that commitment is what others in the squad need to see in order to reset and wake up.
The stadiums are empty across England, but these players need to be reminded of the passionate support they receive in every game, and the recent performances have been a slap to the face for the Toon Army. Rather than making these wealthy professionals feel good about themselves, the coaching staff and some of the veterans in the squad to remind everyone of what is at stake and who these results impact.