Newcastle boss Steve Bruce clashes with reporter about alleged row with player Allan Saint-Maximin when interviewed after the FA Cup win at West Brom.
He reacted furiously to questions from a newspaper reporter on an article published the day before by Craig Hope in the Daily Mail which suggested he had been involved in a falling-out with the player.
"Are you calling me a liar? Is that what you're calling me? I've had no row with Saint-Maximin."
Newcastle manager Steve Bruce clashed with a reporter about a story involving Allan Saint-Maximin.
— Sky Sports (@SkySports) March 4, 2020
The Premier League manager denied it and reiterated that he was simply looking out for his winger’s fitness.
He said: “It’s total lies and nonsense. I am glad your (Hope’s) source is wrong. Are you calling me a liar?
“Your report is wrong – I had no row with Saint-Maximin – wrong.”
Sky Sports‘ Keith Downie was watching on the manager venting his frustration on Hope…
“Steve Bruce lost his temper at Daily Mail’s Craig Hope last night because he feels the reporter is going out of his way to ‘derail’ their FA Cup run. Newcastle are into the hat for the last eight for the first time in 14 years.
“Bruce refutes Hope’s story that he’s had a fallout with winger Allan Saint-Maximin in training, and called him out for it when the player was brought up in the post-match news conference.
“Hope argued that he didn’t say there had been any fallout in his copy, however the word had in fact been used by the newspaper in its headline.
“Nevertheless it seemed odd that the Newcastle manager told us at his pre-match news conference on Monday that Saint-Maximin was a major doubt for the cup tie at The Hawthorns, only to find him in the starting line-up last night.
“Bruce argues that the player complained of hamstring and back pain over the weekend, then at training, just after the news conference on Monday, claimed he was fit to play. So the manager threw him into the line-up – he’s arguably his best player.
“Bruce feels he was trying to look after the player’s best interests, while Hope maintains there’s more to the situation than meets the eye.”
Fans gave their reaction as Newcastle boss Steve Bruce clashes with the reporter…
It’s about time a manager tells these lying jernos ! They just go around making up stories but then say there source said it ??????
— manchester is blue (@Blumoonshines78) March 4, 2020
If you’re giving it! You have to put your big boy pants on and take it.. well done Steve Bruce ?
— Neil Robinson (@neil_rob74) March 4, 2020
— Dylan (@dylanbrett1892) March 4, 2020
Sit on him Brucey pic.twitter.com/eoYmQqkFM3
— W8W-SUFC (@SufcW8w) March 4, 2020
— E-Sunderland (@e_sunderland) March 4, 2020
Lets just ask the man himself. @asaintmaximin you had a row with bruce?
— Nigerian R9?? (@Obaidul_24) March 4, 2020
"Your source is wrong Craig"…..I wanted chilli not curry on it.
— Boycey (@Boycey1259) March 4, 2020
Not the the first time craig Hope has made something up about nufc. This tweet was also bollocks pic.twitter.com/3EjKZZMGkP
— john (@haggo28) March 4, 2020
Fair play to Steve Bruce for calling him out ??
— Liam Beardsley (@beardsley1_liam) March 4, 2020
Go on Brucey! Not enough of this, love it
— Toby Bilton (@TobyBilton1) March 4, 2020
He shouldn’t of let him into the room! Any lies or attempts to upset a squad or mangers relationship should be banned completely from the club! End of!
— Ashley stephenson (@ashstepho) March 4, 2020
Remarkable restraint. Attaboy, Brucey.
— Phil Golson (@PhilGolson) March 4, 2020
— James (@JamesVaughny) March 4, 2020