Bobby Moncur lets slip specialist training expertise Steve Bruce has already introduced
Bobby Moncur has been talking about the appointment of Steve Bruce.
Out in China working for Mike Ashley as a ‘club ambassador’, the former NUFC captain has said about Bruce getting the job: ‘Who is anybody to criticise his style before giving him a chance?’
The problem people have of course is that Mike Ashley forced Rafa Benitez out, a top class manager.
Then in his place he has appointed somebody that would never have got a job at any other Premier League club this summer.
Bobby Moncur says that we can’t criticise Steve Bruce’s ‘style’ before a game has been played but we can certainly look at his past record and if that record doesn’t stand up to scrutiny, we do have a right to criticise Mike Ashley appointing somebody without the right credentials.
Most of the media have at best glossed over Steve Bruce’s Premier League record and at worst, refused to even acknowledge it.
Of Premier League managers to take care of at least 250 games, Bruce is one of only two to have a less than 30% win ration, Bryan Robson the only one with a worse one.
As for points per game and goals for and against per game, just look at how his PL record compares to past Newcastle managers/head coaches:
Bobby Moncur watched Steve Bruce take his first training session on Friday morning and has given us this revealing insight:
“I watched them train and he (Steve Bruce) has them up and running. There was a bit of old school running in pre-season. It may prove successful.”
So Rafa gone, key players have left, no new signings with only 20 days until the transfer window closes and our secret advantage thanks to Steve Bruce is going to be ‘old school running’ in pre-season.
What could possibly go wrong?
Bobby Moncur speaking to the Chronicle:
“I watched them train and he (Steve Bruce) has them up and running.
“There was a bit of old school running in pre-season. It may prove successful.
“Who is anybody to criticise his style before giving him a chance?
“Steve has been appointed and it’s done and dusted.
“Sadly, Rafa Benitez has gone and he made his choice, whatever you can say about the circumstances it is history now unfortunately.
“Steve has come in and he knows he wasn’t first choice – at the end of the day he is the guy who had the gumption to take on the challenge. It is a massive challenge.
“Everybody knows it is a very difficult job and regardless of what people might think, you have to get behind him now.
“I wish him success.
“There’s no magical thing about this, he is the boss, let’s get behind him and support him.”
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