Date: 16th September 2019 at 7:00pm
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Former Newcastle United midfielder Kevin Nolan has claimed that the Newcastle players are happier under Steve Bruce than they ever were while Rafael Benitez was in charge.

The ex-Toon captain said that the players are enjoying working under Bruce and that he is something different for the players.

Nolan also believed that Rafa’s training sessions were duller than Bruce’s.

He also thinks that the Toon will be fine and pushing for top ten rather than fighting relegation.

Nolan was one of my favourite Newcastle players of recent times he clearly loved the club and the region, but since he has gone into punditry, he is slowly starting to erase all of the excellent work he did as a player.

This latest claim may not be wrong about the players’ happiness, but it just feels like an unnecessary dig at Benitez.

I also struggle to see how Newcastle will be pushing for the top ten – we won’t be fighting relegation but will be nowhere near the top half of the table. The squad doesn’t have enough depth to push for a top ten finish.

Nolan mainly sparked controversy in the summer when he defended Mike Ashley, and while this interview does not mention Ashley, it is defending his decision to bring in Bruce and also have another go at Benitez.

We are into September and pundits are still talking about the former Real Madrid boss – why can’t they just leave it and let us move on?

Bruce was not a popular choice on Tyneside, but a lot of supporters are trying to get behind him now, and we could do without constant mention of Benitez – even if it is just to criticise him as Nolan did here.

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