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.

Steve Bruce:

“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.”

  • TheNutJob

    Bit harsh on Brucie, after all he is a Geordie, it`s in your DNA. he`ll field his strongest team on Sunday i have no doubts about that

    • East Durham Mag

      Agreed calling Steve Bruce a plastic Geordie is nasty. Is it just because he’s at Villa or just plain vindictive journalism?

      • Leazes Ender

        I think it was because he was with that other midland club Manure that damaged him.

        • Malcolm Fisher

          Manure as you call them, are not a Midland’s club. Manchester is classed as northern club.
          Midland clubs stop at Stoke.

          • molend

            You’re right, but to air one of my permanent grievances, why is the the National League North stacked with clubs like Gloucester, Worcester and Telford at the expense of say, Blyth Spartans?

          • Albert Stubbins

            he’s being his usual sardonic self-he’s a funny bloke honestly!!

          • Leazes Ender

            They are North Midlands chum

        • bobbi fleckman

          I’m sure he looks back on his Manure career with a feeling of what might have been.

          Bruce seems a good bloke, I’ve nothing against Villa and find this animosity in the Mag a bit strange.

          Good luck tomorrow Brucie, I also hope you take them up next year. I’d rather play Villa, Leeds, Forest, Sheffield Wednesday etc than the likes of Bournemouth & Watford

      • Jimblag23

        It’s such a stupid thing to say, he’s from Newcastle. He’s a geordie.
        The author is attempting a sly dig but failing, Bruce is many things but he’s hardly a “plastic geordie”.

    • Burt Humperdink

      Its an old gripe some fans have had with Bruce. I heard people calling him that in the late 90’s. It really mostly stems from two periods one where he played for Man Utd against us when we were contesting them for the league.

      Then Secondly being a Geordie who managed Sunderland didn’t help. I can only think that this second point is less of a factor though as nobody has those same feelings toward ex Mags Lee Clark, Chris Waddle or Steve Harper for playing for the mackems. There are other reasons to dislike Waddle though like that pop song he did with Glenn Hoddle or the fact he always says pelanty instead of penalty.

  • Whickhamrobbie

    Jackie this is just terrible writing of course he IS a Geordie once born you are one simple as are his family and early friends .
    Shame on you

  • HappyToons

    To be fair, Bruce is a decent bloke, who was a top class central defender who we could have signed twice before he went to Man U. Once at Gillingham and the other time at Norwich. He would have made some difference as we rarely have had a decent CH and he scored more goals that most of our mid fielders ever did. Had a great career and probably merited a number of England caps. As a manager he has 4 promotions which means he can do a job in the Championship and probably will with Villa next year. If Rafa had left, then Bruce would have been a good bet to get us up in two seasons. Long term Premiership probably not, but he a decent Geordie who normally speaks a lot of sense. So credit where credit is due.

    • Davey drape

      Well said but he should have played for Ireland

    • Burt Humperdink

      At the end of the day he was Bobby Robson’s pick when Allardyce left and I think Bob knew more about football than most.

    • Geordiegiants

      I went to school with Bruces nephew, he told me that Bruce never wanted to play for Newcastle due to the owners and set up. That was when he was at/leaving Norwich.

  • Wor Lass

    Pathetic stuff, Jackie. You should move over to the Chronicle.