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Newcastle United striker Dwight Gayle and the club's assistant manager Graeme Jones have reportedly had to be separated following a heated argument at the club's training ground.
The pair allegedly had to be split up by captain Jamal Lascelles as they both told each other "It's always about you."
Tensions are high at the club, with Newcastle 19th in the Premier League and without a victory in their opening four matches, but manager Steve Bruce has refused to walk away from the fight.
The Magpies host Leeds United at St. James' Park on Friday night looking for their first win.
A source told the Daily Mail that: “There was a head-to-head after a disagreement. Jones said, ‘It’s always about you, Gayley’. Dwight wasn’t having it and said, ‘It’s been all about you since you’ve been with England’. Jamal had to get between them.
“This can happen between players, but when management are involved it’s never a good sign."
Jones worked as a coach for England at the Euros this summer and has also managed Championship side Luton Town in the past.
Gayle is believed to be growing frustrated at his lack of game time despite signing a three-year contract extension in July and putting in solid performances in training.
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The 31-year-old forward has yet to make a league appearance with his only minutes this season coming in the Carabao Cup second round.
The source also said that: “This came after the morning meeting which didn’t go down well with some. They were like, ‘What is he [Bruce] talking about?’”
The team meeting on Tuesday reportedly left players angered by Bruce's misguided use of statistics with players already feeling the training schedule has been designed to suit the manager and not the players.
However, sources close to the team have said that the players remain united and are determined to get their first victory of the campaign against Leeds this weekend.
Despite these reported player concerns and opposition to his management from the fans, Bruce remains opposed to walking away from his role.
“It’s not in my nature to walk away from something when I’m in a fight," he explained in his pre-match press conference on Thursday.
“I would be sick if I said I enjoyed it [fan chants]. But the frustration is, if you don’t get results, the manager bears the brunt. I have to accept results haven’t been good enough."
Newcastle United have refused to comment on the incident.
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