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Good call Steve Bruce

3 months ago
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Steve Bruce said that he would stand or fall by results – he couldn’t be more right.

The man, who by his own admission, is attempting to fill the shoes of one of the game’s best managers, Rafael Benitez, is fully aware of the highly charged feelings on Tyneside.

I don’t know whether it’s a quality or a curse but he must have the thick skin of a rhino to take on the poisoned chalice known as NUFC, with its disillusioned Geordie fanbase.

He is right though, results will determine his destiny.

At 6.20 pm on Sunday, everyone watching the Spurs match, whether live or on television, had their minds only on one thing, the final whistle, proof that history can quickly be forgotten and the here and now is what fans live for. Mike Ashley knows this and so do the fans. That’s why many wouldn’t boycott the Arsenal game despite having their noses rubbed in it.

The saving grace for all the disillusioned fans who simply won’t get on board, is that a few bad results can do what Mike Ashley couldn’t and that’s reduce the gates.

Personally, I don’t think that will affect the owner directly but it will draw attention to what is a toxic situation. It only took the first two games to do this, then look what happened. A win against Watford and a lot will say it’s a decent start.

Memories are short in football, let’s face it, even Rafa struggled earlier on last season, not that I’m paving the way for excuses after a few bad results this year.

It does make you wonder how he would have been perceived if results hadn’t improved. He certainly wouldn’t have been a saviour (though anyone with any sense would know why it wasn’t his fault).

Bruce’s destiny is indeed in his own hands and of course the players have a say, they seem to like him, which is good if they win. Lose and he’s too slack with them!

I think it’s only fair to give him a chance now, Rafa is gone and the man is at least doing his best.

The Tottenham Hotspur game was very impressive and the organisation and endeavour surprised me. Time for everyone to come back together, at least for now.

Events will be the decider, one way or the other.

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