Steve Bruce on Friday – Says he isn’t a puppet, decides who signs, hopes to get a couple ‘over the line’
Steve Bruce has been speaking ahead of the game against West Ham on Saturday.
Newcastle hammered by Wolves 4-0 on Wednesday and it could have been double figures.
Not surprisingly though, all of the interest was in things other than the Premier League Asia Trophy.
The media wanting to know exactly what his job specification is and how he feels about dropping Sheffield Wednesday in it, walking out on his contract after only being there for 18 games.
On showing zero loyalty to Sheffield Wednesday he declared: ‘It is the challenge of managing Newcastle United (that was my motivation) that was the overriding factor for me to be as selfish as I was.’
When it comes to transfers, Newcastle fans think Steve Bruce has no say/authority and indeed Mike Ashley giving him the title of Head Coach and not Manager appears to make that abundantly clear.
However, Steve Bruce insists he is not a puppet like Pardew, Carver and McClaren and states that it is he who has the final say on transfers.
You find it very hard to believe that, if indeed Newcastle do sign Joelinton for £36m or whatever, a transfer that has been set up for months according to widespread reports.
So if, like Rafa Benitez did, Steve Bruce insisted he instead wanted to buy say a Salomon Rondon or whoever, would he be able to do so???
Newcastle are at least six players down on the squad that was here in May and there of them were first team regulars, including the two top goalscorers.
The general perception is that probably at least four or five signings are needed to get even close to last season’s level when Newcastle’s squad was nowhere near strong enough.
So Newcastle fans hearing ‘We want to make a couple of acquisitions at least…’ will only have their anxiety levels heightened.
Only 20 days until the transfer window closes and 23 until the season kicks off.
What an absolute mess.
Steve Bruce pre-West Ham press conference and quizzed on the club’s transfer policy:
“I don’t really want to go into specifics…but there are have been a couple of things that have been written.
“The big one (claim) is – I am going to sit here and be a puppet.
“That will not happen and I am in charge of transfers.
“It is just like most football clubs, I will have the final say on transfers.
“I have read all kinds of nonsense that I won’t.
“I will work hard to make sure I work with the chief scout and the policy is like most other clubs, identify players and making sure they fit in.
“I will have control of who we bring in.
“We want to make a couple of acquisitions at least…
“With the loss of Perez and Rondon it is where we have to immediately take a look.
“Make no mistake, we are active as we speak and hopefully we will get them over the line.
“I couldn’t refuse it (the NUFC job). I regretted it some ten years ago, whenever it was, and kicked myself – why didn’t I do it? So when the opportunity came, I was determined to grasp it and give it a go.
“Make no mistake, I’ve come with my eyes wide open. I understand I’ve got big boots to fill, but I’ve been around the block a long time and to be given the opportunity… I’m delighted.”
Showing no loyalty to Sheffield Wednesday and walking out on them:
“A contract is a contract and it also applies when a manager resigns.
“I am disappointed as I thought it was in hand.
“It is the challenge of managing Newcastle United (that was my motivation) that was the overriding factor for me to be as selfish as I was.”
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