North East UK news Simon Jordan: Newcastle fans' expectations are unrealistic MetiNews.Com
MetiNews.Com - The former Crystal Palace owner Simon Jordan has defended his friend Steve Bruce and criticised Mike Ashley’s model for United
Breaking News ! It won’t surprise Newcastle United fans to read that former Crystal Palace owner Simon Jordan has taken to the airwaves and joined the Steve Bruce debate that has raged across Tyneside. “I watch Newcastle with a degree of vested interest because of my relationship with the previous owners, and my relationship with Steve Bruce,” explained Jordan, who employed Bruce as his manager at Crystal Palace for 17 games in 2001. Read More Related Articles Inside the Newcastle United crisis that nobody in power wants to acknowledge Read More Related Articles Newcastle notes: The Ryan Fraser moment that tells you so much about state of United dressing room He said: “I’m not entirely sure what results they would have gotten better out of the games they’ve played recently beside Leeds and Sheffield United.” Jordan went on to acknowledge Bruce should feel “very disappointed” with the League Cup Quarter Final defeat suffered at Brentford, saying: “He promised the fans that they would have a go in these cup tournaments and they had no better opportunity, and Steve will know that.” Jordan was critical of Steve Bruce’s squad, and questioned whether the quality exists to play more expansively. He said: “It’s all good and well saying Dwight Gayle’s the answer. He’s not the answer! That’s why he keeps getting bounced out of teams that get promoted. "Andy Carroll gets a game last week and misses two sitters.
. He gives my favourite player Ryan Fraser an opportunity to perform, and what does he do? Gets himself sent off.” Despite Newcastle investing £35m in the summer window (£8.2m more than the average spend Mike Ashley has sanctioned in 13 previous summer windows) Jordan believes fans’ expectations need reining in. "It’s a phenomenal football club, but their expectations, based upon what their owner’s model is, are unrealistic. You could bring in Mourinho, or Pep Guardiola, unless they’re going to give him the backing and spend 50, 60, 70, 80 million every transfer window, Newcastle will remain where they are.” During the four-minute debate with Talksport co-host Jim White, Jordan asked Newcastle fans: “What exactly do you expect from the investment that your owner has put in?” It remains to be seen whether Mike Ashley will back his current manager with the winter transfer window open. Given that Bruce’s overall net spend at United is currently £40million more than any other manager of the Mike Ashley reign, that may be unlikely.
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