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Micah Richards claims on Steve Bruce undermined when you check the facts

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Micah Richards has been talking about Steve Bruce.

A lot of players who turn pundits appear to think that they can say whatever off the top of their heads and it won’t be checked out…

Micah Richards was at Aston Villa for the entirety of Steve Bruce’s ill-fated time at the club, Villa of course where Bruce got ‘cabbaged’ by a fan before being sacked.

The former England defender declares: “I have worked under him, he’s a great manager.”

Steve Bruce took over at Aston Villa on 12 October 2016 and in his first game in charge, Micah Richards played the first 66 minutes before being subbed in a 1-1 draw against Wolves.

The player never got on the pitch again under Bruce in the next two years, the closest he got was a number of games as an unused sub.

Backing up his former manager’s credentials, Micah Richards says: ‘I have done one of his pre-seasons and trust me, it’s not nice.’

Well it don’t know about ‘nice’ but it certainly didn’t do much good, as Richards never played a minute of that following season.

Former players rarely want to criticise anybody, especially people they like, and Richards adds: ‘Not just a great manager but a great person as well.’

A lot of the media and the likes of Alan Shearer say this, Steve Bruce is a canny bloke.

Maybe he is…but the problem is, he isn’t a good manager.

Micah Richards speaking on BBC football podcast:

I know Steve Bruce, he is thick-skinned and will get the best out of those players [at Newcastle United]..

“I have worked under him, he’s a great manager.

“Not just a great manager but a great person as well.

“He always goes over and beyond, puts the players first.

“Let’s have this conversation [about state of Newcastle United] in ten…fifteen games.

“He had a tough game against Arsenal [to start season] and people were disappointed going to Norwich and conceding three goal.

“But the way that Steve Bruce sets up his teams, he would have thought that they’d have been a bit more defensively sound.

“I have done one of his pre-seasons and trust me, it’s not nice.

“You can’t really put everything on the manager.

“When you go out as a footballer, when you cross the white line, you have got to have some sort of responsibility.

“The manager has looked at his squad, thought that was the best possible team for that game [at Norwich], the players have to take some responsibility.

“I do feel for the fans.

“Losing Rondon, who was unbelievable last season, then Perez…your top player, you will be frustrated,

“But this isn’t Bruce’s problem.

“Bruce is just there to pick up the pieces.”

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