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Darren Bent says Newcastle United fans should lay off Steve Bruce as he is perfect for the job

2 years ago

Darren Bent has been singing the praises of Steve Bruce.

The player turned pundit telling Newcastle fans that they shouldn’t get on the new Head Coach’s (not manager!) back and that they have to give him time.

The thing is, Steve Bruce is just a symptom of a far larger problem, namely Mike Ashley.

When it comes to time, Newcastle fans have already suffered for over 12 years no under his ownership and Bruce’s appointment has zero credibility. Just like Pardew, JFK, Carver and McClaren, when they were appointed by Mike Ashley, not a single other Premier League club would have given them a job.

Darren Bent declares: ‘…if they want a manager for stability, to keep Newcastle there or thereabouts, then he’s the right man.’

Like a lot of other lazy and/or untrustworthy pundits, they fail to give anything to back this up.

As has been pointed out many times (on The Mag), of all the managers to take charge of 250+ Premier League games, only Bryan Robson has a worse win ratio than Bruce’s 28%.

Whilst as for points per game and goals for/against per PL game, as you can see it is embarrassingly poor, far far worse than people like JFK, Pardew and McClaren, never mind the very good managers such as Rafa and KK.

Rafa Benitez was the perfect man for ‘stability’ despite no net spending on the team, he was also the man who could have delivered progress with any realistic backing.

As for Darren Bent, Steve Bruce signed him in 2009 for Sunderland in a deal which eventually cost them £16.5m, yet he repaid Bruce by demanding a transfer to Aston Villa only 17 months later. If he was/is such a great manager, why did Darren Bent do everything he could to get away from him after such a short space of time?

As for Newcastle fans wanting ‘to survive in the Premier League’, many supporters don’t see the point anymore.

Mike Ashley only wants to do that, try and ‘survive’, Rafa opened up the chance of building from these last two austerity years and instead Mike Ashley was happy to push the manager and players such as Rondon and Perez out of the door. In 2011/12 that fifth position wasn’t even built on, instead Ashley purposefully stalled that and made zero net spend in summer 2012, only buying Vurnon Anita, the club almost getting relegated only 12 months after that fifth place.

Newcastle fans don’t see Steve Bruce as the big issue but his appointment is just another negative in a summer full of them.

Darren Bent speaking  to Talksport:

“It is tough for Steve Bruce, replacing someone like Rafa Benitez.

“A manager who many people believe overachieved at Newcastle with the budget that he had (ED: Hadn’t!).

“Not only that but he’s also lost three of his best players (Rondon, Perez, Diame).

“It is going to be a battle for him (Steve Bruce).

“But if they want a manager for stability, to keep Newcastle there or thereabouts, then Steve Bruce is the right man.

“I don’t think fans need to be jumping on the manager’s back right now, they need to give him time.

“If you want to survive in the Premier League, you are not going to help yourselves by jumping on Bruce’s back before he’s even got going.

“He (Steve Bruce) was great.

“He was brilliant for me.

“I arguably played my best football up there under him.”


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