Steve Bruce is reading from Mike Ashley script “I saw a demo the other day with 12 people in it”
Fair to say that Newcastle fans were stunned but not surprised, when Mike Ashley appointed Steve Bruce.
Stunned that this summer had somehow got a whole lot worse, somebody brought in that not a single other Premier League club would have considered this summer.
However, fair to say, not that surprised.
After having seen JFK, Alan Pardew, John Carver and Steve McClaren previously get the job under Mike Ashley, Steve Bruce very much fits that mould.
Somebody who knows they should never have got the job and so desperate and grateful they take it with whatever conditions the owner insists on. Mike Ashley even went out of his way to make this clear, announcing Steve Bruce was the new Head Coach and not a manager, with authority to train and pick the team but nothing else.
Newcastle fans gutted with the appointment and increasing the anger levels towards Mike Ashley. However, not instantly willing to turn the anger directly at the new man, more waiting to see what happens and judge the Head Coach on what they see on and off the pitch.
In the circumstances, the onus very much on Steve Bruce to prove that he is his own man.
Sadly, less than two weeks into the job and things are quickly nosediving.
We have heard constantly the expected play by numbers stuff of being a Geordie, dream job, always a Newcastle fan etc etc.
However, what about dealing with the more sensitive, political stuff?
Well, following Mike Ashley’s pathetic PR statement released through The Mail on Friday, Steve Bruce is clearly very much ‘Team Ashley’…
As the season and likely disaster draws closer, with a shocking transfer window setting the club up for disaster and mass discontent amongst fans (whether they intend to go to matches or boycott), Steve Bruce is most definitely reading from the Mike Ashley prepared script.
An interview on Talksport on Monday night and now an interview in The Mirror (see below) seeing very much the same script followed. Dismissing the idea that Newcastle fans will follow through with any boycotts/protests and very much following the Ashley line of divide and rule.
The Head Coach pushing this line that it is a case of loyalty, go to the match regardless and you are a proper fan, stay away and you are not.
It is also so obvious that this is an attempt by Ashley to try and push those who may be wavering, for them to believe that they will only be harming themselves if they stay away, that there will be no boycott.
Well, with two weeks to go until the game, there were still 10,000 empty seats unsold for Arsenal showing on the club ticketing website at the weekend
As for this disastrous transfer window and years of Rafa Benitez being undermined, Steve Bruce of course sees only positives: ‘We have broken the record twice in six months. First Miguel Almiron who looks a class player but he needs a goal. Now Joelinton. He will be a big hit. He is raw and young and is a big huge athlete who charges around the pitch and will be a fans favourite.’
The fans like Almiron and they hope Joelinton will do well BUT when you have lost half a dozen players from last season’s Premier League squad, including three first team regulars and the two players who scored 23 of your 43 Premier League goals, to then have signed only one player with nine days to go until the transfer window closes, is total neglect.
Newcastle have not got a strong squad and only a limited number of real Premier League level players, the weakness of the squad summed up by Steve Bruce bigging up the likes of Aarons, Colback and Lazaar as set to be relied on in the squad this coming season, instead of moved out as Rafa wanted.
Steve Bruce asked by The Mirror about the planned boycotts and protests by Newcastle fans against Mike Ashley’s running of the club:
“It can be blown out of proportion.
“I saw a demo the other day with 12 people in it.
“I am convinced, first game, they will be behind us.
“If results go your way and it is positive, everything is OK.
“When you are up against it you need that support.
“Newcastle fans will be there cheering their team, unwavering in their support, when the season starts.
“I think the biggest thing is Mike has offered his support. That is a good thing. That is the biggest challenge. To take the club forward. What is that? It’s trying to win a cup. It is difficult for Newcastle to win the Premier League. But they can win an FA Cup or a League Cup. They would have their best days of their lives. Don’t throw the cups away.”
“We have broken the record twice in six months. First Miguel Almiron who looks a class player but he needs a goal.
“Now Joelinton. He will be a big hit. He is raw and young and is a big huge athlete who charges around the pitch and will be a fans favourite.
“We want to add one of two in the striker positions. Scoring the goal is the biggest challenged. Win you a match, get you off your feet.”
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