Newcastle United midfielder Jonjo Shelvey has labelled critics of Steve Bruce ’embarrassing’ accusing them of talking as a result of their boredom.
The Englishman has spoken out after former player Michael Chopra claimed the current crop of players do not know their roles under the manager.
It’s been a rocky start for Newcastle, although the recent 1-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur and 1-1 draw with Watford has lifted spirits.
Speaking about the negativity, Shelvey said (Chronicle): “It’s just people who are bored. If they saw you – or Steve Bruce – in the street they’d come up to you and try to talk.
“It’s just embarrassing. People can talk but we need to stick together and keep it all in house.
“We have to do our media duties and that but you can see in recent performances that we are together.”
Newcastle face Shelvey’s old club Liverpool next in the league after the international break, and an unlikely win would most definitely leave egg on the face of the critics.
Bruce has not had an easy ride since becoming Newcastle manager.
Some of the criticism is warranted – the performance against Norwich City was very poor.
But on the whole, Bruce hasn’t done awfully and it is too early in the season to really judge, so it’s easy to understand Shelvey’s frustrations.
He is best placed to known how things really are and it must be annoying to read the thoughts of those who are on the outside looking in.