Newcastle United star branded ‘disgrace’ after ‘bad egg’ moment during Brentford win
Newcastle United star Anthony Gordon has come in for criticism after his reaction to being substituted during the win over Brentford.
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The Magpies maintained their Champions League chase after coming from behind in West London, with Alexander Isak adding to an own goal from David Raya. the result means Eddie Howe’s men remain on course for a top four finish, but it wasn’t all sunshines and rainbows in the capital.
Winter signing Gordon was substituted by Howe during the game, and the former Everton star was seen shoving his manager off as he proceeded towards the bench.
Speaking after the game, Howe said: “I’ve got no problem. Anthony is passionate boy. He wants to do well, but there was seconds left on the clock and we wanted to get Matty on because Anthony was holding his ankle. He just needs to control his emotions in that moment, but there are no problems.”
There may not be an issue as far as Howe is concerned, but pundit Collymore was not impressed, telling CaughtOffside: “I, like many of you, have seen the clip of Anthony Gordon clashing with Eddie Howe after he was substituted off against Brentford on Saturday.
“What on earth is he doing?! – He has done absolutely nothing to warrant a big move to Newcastle. Let’s be real here – the only reason he got that transfer is because he’s English, had five good games in an Everton shirt and the Toffees are skint. For Gordon to come off the pitch and take the time to walk over to the manager and have a go at him was an absolute disgrace.
“Every manager in the world would have seen that clip and will now be wondering if Gordon is a bad egg. Regardless of if he spends the rest of his career at St James’ Park or not, his actions last weekend aren’t going to do his reputation any good and will certainly damage his chances of representing England in the future.
“To treat a down-to-earth, decent guy like Howe that way, and during a time when everyone associated with Newcastle are buzzing as well, was just such a bad decision from the kid. He needs to issue a public apology as soon as possible and beg his manager for forgiveness because he just can’t do what he did and expect to come out the other side looking good. If he continues with this level of disrespect, Newcastle will move on from him very quickly.”