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Steve Bruce Claims A ‘Quadruple Appetite For Nonsense’ From Newcastle Fans

6 years ago

The tired line of it being difficult to manage in the north east has been trotted out by Steve Bruce ahead of Saturday’s match.

The Hull manager says he is ‘mercenary enough’ to try and take advantage of the unrest on Tyneside, but claims to not enjoy seeing what is happening from afar, believing that Alan Pardew has done a decent job.

Having failed dismally at Sunderland it is little wonder he is going over the top on the sympathy angle for his fellow manager.

However, claiming that somehow the reaction from Newcastle fans is so much worse (quadruple) than other clubs in the country is well wide of the mark.

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I think Newcastle fans have had so much bad luck in both owners and managers over the years, which has been key to the embarrassing lack of trophies. Then I think the fans are too patient, probably because we have so much experience of incompetence and cynical owners, that we put up with things for too long and then when it eventually blows it does big time because it has gone on for so long.

In this instance, the weakening of the squad and lack of investment in successive windows since finishing fifth, and a recognition that when bad runs start off under Alan Pardew they have a tendency to settle in for a good while – as happened for most of the 2012/13 season and the second half of the last campaign.

Over to Steve Bruce;

“It’s a difficult place to manage. But we have to try and take advantage of that, of course we do. We have to be mercenary enough to try and do that.

“The other stuff is not enjoyable to watch from afar. Over the years he’s done a decent job has Alan but I think that’s the nature of the beast, especially in the North East.

“Unfortunately, with the way social media is and the way the media is there is a huge appetite for what we call nonsense.

“It comes with the territory but you have to say in the North East it seems to quadruple.

“When there’s a crisis, there’s a crisis and I suppose that comes from the huge support they have got.”


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