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Family defend Steve Bruce – It was never going to end well

2 years ago

Steve Bruce took charge of his 393rd Premier League game on Sunday.

It came along four years and three months after his 392nd, when Bruce and Hull City were relegated from the Premier League in May 2015.

After a turbulent and crazy summer at Mike Ashley’s Newcastle United, Steve Bruce managing/head coaching his first game at his hometown club.

Results and performances will now be the judge of Steve Bruce.

Arsenal were tough starting opposition when the fixtures were announced but fates conspired to see them have to put a makeshift side out.

A real opportunity presented to the new NUFC boss and his team.

A game of very few chances at either end and indeed neither keeper making a serious save, the game was decided as Newcastle descended into chaos when Steve Bruce made his changes.

The winning goal scored as the Newcastle team were ‘Aal ower Hexham’ (coincidentally five mile from Steve Bruce’s birthplace Corbridge) as the Geordie expression goes, nobody knowing what they were supposed to be doing.

A number of journalists not surprisingly latched onto this, Steve Bruce helping to bring about defeat with poor decision making and players not properly prepared.

At times like this it is best to say as little as possible…but the new head coach’s son, Alex Bruce, couldn’t resist springing blindly to his dad’s defence on social media, responding to one of the journalists in particular.

It was never going to end well.

A bit like watching your own child playing schoolboy football, don’t start making your mouth go, it won’t help the situation.

As you can see from the exchange below between journalist and Steve Bruce’s son, as well as some of the comments from Newcastle fans.

Craig Hope – The Mail:

“The buck stops with Steve Bruce after clumsy introduction of Jetro Willems (who did not know where he was playing) disrupts NUFC rhythm before ragged final half hour.”

Alex Bruce – Son of Steve Bruce:

“A player making a short pass which was cut out lead to the the result, nothing to do with tactics or personnel….. and Willems knew exactly what his role was going on it’s just you trying to cause negativity.

“V fair??

“It was his (dad Steve’s) 1st game and your already starting.”

Craig Hope – The Mail:

“Alex, this doesn’t make sense.

“Your dad admitted two things afterwards

“1) Willems did not know where he was playing when he came on

“2) Willems was out of position for the goal, “Too high up pitch” you dad said.

“I’m sorry, that has everything to do with tactics & personnel.”

Sam Garcia:

‘Tactically inept. 4 cbs on the bench when only 3 can be used. If players are ill don’t play them.

In fairness what has your dad done/achieved that warrants him another job in the PL. No tactics. No clue. No hope.’

Shaun McDowell:

‘Alex your dad had no midfielders on the bench man, he fu..ed up and although it’s one game and I’m not hitting the panic button he has to learn (he’s had 21 years like so not exactly optimistic).’

Jack Szn:

‘He also took off the other cm for Allan saint maxim a winger. So ended the game with 1 or zero center mids.

Tactical genius is your da.’

Daniel Kinsgbury:

‘If Willems knew exactly what his role was why was your dad shouting “what the fu.. is going on!” and telling him to change position minutes after coming on.

How is that on field confusion nothing to with tactics or the manager?


‘Feel sorry for you Alex, your dad is well out of his depth and shouldnt even be in the situation to manage in the premier league.’


‘It’s frightening he didn’t even have the foresight to see the bench has unbalanced.

Failing to add a centre midfielder on the bench or contemplating he might need another due to injury or an early booking is woeful at any level of football, forcing his own hand due to failure.’

Ritchie Hutchinson:

‘Here man it was total chaos you plum.’


‘I think maybe you shouldn’t be on social media… if stuff like this will trigger you!’

Paul Palpatine:

‘I would want my son/s to back me, but not if I was a public figure and manager at NUFC .

He is big enough and tough enough to fight his own battles. You are not doing him any favours. Families stick together instinct I know but.’

Conrad Taylor:

‘Its fine he will be sacked by Christmas and back to the championship don’t stress about it.’


‘Don’t start playing the victim here.

Your old man put a player on with no clue what to do or where to play. Taking 2 midfielders off hurt us. Ki would of been an ideal candidate to put on.

We are heavily critical of your dads inept tactical thought process.’

Mr Wheal:

‘Quit while you’re behind.’


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