Newcastle United boss provides verdict on Bruno Guimaraes’ ‘short, stupid memories’ rant

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Bruno Guimaraes hit back at the online criticism in the aftermath of Newcastle United’s 1-0 defeat at Manchester City.

Eddie Howe believes Bruno Guimaraes has learned a “little lesson” after hitting back at his critics on social media - but says his outburst proves how much he cares about Newcastle United.

The Brazilian angrily responded to a post from @NUFC360 on Twitter when the 135k-followers account asked “is it too early in the season to start focusing blame onto individual players? Was there an overreaction to the loss to Man City?”

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Guimaraes was pictured in the tweet, alongside fellow Brazil international and close friend Joelinton, as well as Dan Burn and Miguel Almiron.

Newcastle United midfield duo Bruno Guimaraes (left) and Sandro Tonali (right). (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)Newcastle United midfield duo Bruno Guimaraes (left) and Sandro Tonali (right). (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
Newcastle United midfield duo Bruno Guimaraes (left) and Sandro Tonali (right). (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images) | Getty Images

He reacted, using the term “short, stupid memories” but quickly deleted his post before unfollowing a number of Newcastle fan account. NUFC360 later apologised.

“I’m certainly not going to criticise the supporters here,” Howe said, speaking ahead of Sunday’s Premier League clash against Liverpool. “I think it’s more of a lesson for us.

“I choose not to be on social media for that exact reason, because I want a clear thought process. I don’t want to pollute my thoughts with things that I read and avoid certain situations, so I take myself out of that environment.

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“The players can choose to be on it, that’s absolutely fine because that’s their individual choice, but I think it’s important that we don’t overly react emotionally to certain things. Now, Bruno is a very emotional person and, I think you’ve seen on the pitch, it’s so positive for us, that emotion. \

“He uses it brilliantly, he has used it brilliantly to not just perform well, but build a feeling with the supporters because I think the supporters see how much it means to him. It’s all positive in terms of that feeling that Bruno has, but this is just maybe a little lesson for him.”

Howe has spoken to Guimaraes about the situation.

Howe added: “A bit of both, and what I mean by that is we have people that will speak to him about his social media use. For me, we will move on very quickly because there’s actually positive is what he’s feeling, but maybe that’s not the best forum to communicate that.”

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