Steve Bruce has a potentially pivotal role to play in deciding who tops the Championship.
Aston Villa facing Brighton and a win or a draw for Bruce would be enough for Newcastle to win the title, if they better the Brighton result at Villa Park.
Thankfully Steve Bruce is one rubbish manager we haven’t had foisted on us in recent times, the plastic Geordie thankfully not having had the chance to join Allardyce, Pardew, Carver and McClaren in the list of failures to have managed Newcastle.
Ahead of Sunday, Bruce has played the Geordie card once again, saying his ‘Newcastle roots are still there’ and that his parents and the rest of his family will be expecting him to do everything to help NUFC finish top.
Steve Bruce indicating that he will be doing just that, saying ‘I’m a Geordie at the end of the day…’.
Of course, all that he will be doing is looking at Sunday for his own sake and after a feeble 1-0 defeat at relegation strugglers Blackburn last weekend, a decent home performance and result is desperately needed to help keep the Villa fans onside.
Despite a massive January spend seeing Steve Bruce take Villa’s transfer layout way beyond Newcastle’s in the Championship, results have been mixed and Villa are only 12th going into the final day.
However, their home form has been much improved lately and the last seven games at Villa Park have seen six wins and six clean sheets, so Newcastle fans have every hope of Brighton failing to get the win at the very least.
To try and fill the usual thousands of empty seats, Aston Villa have a new initiative this weekend, knocking £10 off the price of a ticket for anybody who hasn’t been to Villa Park in recent times.
Hopefully the Villa fans who do take advantage of the offer will leave Villa Park happy on Sunday afternoon.
“I’m a Geordie at the end of the day…
“My Newcastle roots are still there.
“My mum and dad and my family all live in Newcastle, so they will be wanting me to do well for obvious reasons.
“We have now got to repair some of the damage we did last week as we took 8,000 to Blackburn and we didn’t kick a ball.
“They are going to be right up for it so it’s a great game to finish with something on it.
“I just wish that the roles were reversed and that we were the team going to beat Brighton and win the league.”