Every morning I tell myself that no matter how bad things ever get at St.James’ Park, it could be so much worse if we ever employed Steve Bruce.
Alan Pardew was out of order with his part in the incident, has admitted his guilt and punishment, with no doubt more to come from the FA.
However, in its own way I find the conduct of Steve Bruce just as bad, with the Hull manager claiming that David Meyler behaved ‘impeccably’!
The plastic Geordie’s justification for this being that most other players would have, “…roll around the floor in agony.”
The truth of course is that it is all there ‘for everybody to see’.
The ball rolls out of the play where the Newcastle dugout is, Pardew is in the way, or moves slightly in Meyler’s way, depending on how you see it. What is extraordinary and something that you rarely, if ever, see is a player laying hands on the opposing manager.
Meyler shoves Pardew hard and then after retrieving the ball, Pardew motions with his head towards Meyler’s as he heads back to the pitch, Meyler then gives the Newcastle manager another push.
Neither of them were hurt in any way but certainly in the away end at the match, fans were incredulous when Meyler only got a yellow card for this very rare and out of order incident.
For Bruce to describe Meyler’s conduct as ‘impeccable’ just sums him up, this is what the Hull manager had to say;
“David (Meyler) handled himself impeccably.
I would see most roll around the floor in agony, David didn’t.
“He restrained himself – he was desperate to get the ball and Alan steps in his way, there’s a tussle. After that it is there for everybody to see.
“I will not let it become a distraction, as far as we are concerned it is over and we accept his apology.
“I am sure that there will be huge ramifications and rightly so, I am not going to shy away from that.
“I have never seen anything like it but we will let the FA and powers that be deal with it.
“We are obviously outraged that the incident has happened and it is a good job Meyler did not react in the way most people would have done, then Alan would have been in big trouble.
“The whole thing is going to be about Alan Pardew rather than the result and in that respect it is decent for us.”
What an absolutely sly and manipulative individual Steve Bruce is.
As well as claiming Meyler did nothing wrong, he talks about the incident being over and accepting Pardew’s apology but then proceeds to stick the knife in repeatedly.
Bruce obviously winding the whole thing up further in the hope of digging an even bigger hole for his Newcastle counterpart.