Matt Ritchie refused to be put up for interview by Newcastle after training ground bust-up in which he called Steve Bruce a coward… with out-of-favour winger telling club he did not want to be quizzed following fallout in which manager barged into him
- Newcastle wanted Matt Ritchie to speak in wake of his clash with Steve Bruce
- The Newcastle winger called his manager a coward in a furious training bust-up
- The manager then barged into Ritchie in front of his stunned team-mates
- It was hoped Ritchie would echo Bruce’s stance that all parties had moved on
Matt Ritchie refused to be put up for interview by Newcastle United after his training-ground bust-up with Steve Bruce.
It is understood the club wanted the winger to speak to rights-holders in the wake of his clash with the manager, in which he called Bruce a coward.
It would have been hoped for Ritchie to echo Bruce’s stance that all parties had moved on and that the interview would show a united front in their fight for survival.
Steve Bruce and Matt Ritchie were involved in a sensational training ground showdown
However, Sportsmail are told the 31-year-old said he did not want to do it.
Ritchie has not featured since Sportsmail revealed details of his showdown with Bruce earlier this month, in which the manager barged into the player in front of his stunned team-mates.
Ritchie was upset with Bruce after the head coach blamed him for not passing on tactical instructions leading to Wolves’ equalising goal during last month’s 1-1 draw.
Ritchie called his Newcastle boss a coward during the bust-up at the beginning of March
Ritchie apologised for calling Bruce a coward and the boss said the matter was behind them when he next spoke to the media, although he also revealed he had launched an investigation to discover why the information had appeared in this newspaper.
Newcastle have drawn both of their games since the incident — against West Bromwich and Aston Villa — leaving them two points above the bottom three.
A Fulham victory at home to Leeds on Friday night would see Bruce’s men drop into the relegation zone ahead of Saturday’s trip to Brighton, who are one point above them in 16th position.
Bruce recently said the matter was behind them but Ritchie refused to be quizzed over it
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