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The 6 things Steve Bruce needs to do to turn Newcastle United fans

1 year ago

Steve Bruce keeps saying how he can’t believe that he has got the Newcastle job.

The head coach (not manager) meaning that he is thrilled to have got the NUFC post.

Newcastle fans are very much in agreement, still finding it very difficult to believe how Steve Bruce got the job, as well.

The supporters seeing it as Mike Ashley reverting to type, choosing somebody who is so desperate to take the job they have taken it on any conditions and have agreed to become a stooge for the owner, because they should never have been considered in the first place.

So what can Steve Bruce do to win the Newcastle fans around?

Here are six key thing he can/needs to do:

Stop making promises that you won’t/can’t keep.

As soon as he took the job, Steve Bruce was promising it is all different now with cup ambition:

‘I’ve put my neck on the line immediately! I’m not really bothered what’s been done before. Surely as a club we can win five games? Can we win a cup tie, can we do well in the League Cup or the FA Cup? That’s got to be an aim. It’s not just about staying in the division and being happy with that – that would be wrong.’

Summing up how much Steve Bruce is singing from the PR songsheet, Mike Ashley was keen to speak about this in his own PR statement that The Mail put out. Totally failing to properly strengthen the squad and set to make Steve Bruce look a total fool when the reality comes of picking a team in the cups:

‘And now I’ve got a manager saying, “Let me get on with it. Just let me get on with it – I won’t let you down”. I’m thinking, “I’m definitely having that”. He gets it. He comes in: “The cups? Yeah, we go for them”.’

In 11 days time we have the first test of this, home to Leicester.

We are totally reliant on Joelinton, so imagine if we lose to Norwich and Spurs (or even a point against the Canaries) and then have that Leicester cup game only three days before a key PL home match with Watford, knowing Liverpool away is to follow. So will Joelinton and other key players be risked in case of injury, with no decent quality replacements, due to bringing in the likes of Carroll rather than somebody who could play/replace?

Yes, we know you are a Geordie.

Having a manager who happens to be a Geordie is only a good thing, if they first show they are a good manager (or head coach in Steve Bruce’s case).

It is a bonus, not a key requirement, or something that equals them being better qualified for the job.

Sir Bobby Robson had a great CV as a manager and was welcomed with open arms, him being a Newcastle fan and a Geordie was a nice bonus.

John Carver didn’t have the CV to say he should have got the job and being a Geordie and a fan was irrelevant. Steve Bruce is the same, we don’t care that he went to some matches when he was a kid 40 years ago and was born in Corbridge.

Yet Steve Bruce still goes on and on about the Geordie/Newcastle fan thing, just stop it. After we have won plenty of games and are in the top half then he can say what he wants – but needs to stop now.

Also, when he is talking he also keeps saying how he can’t believe that he has got the job, meaning how thrilled he is as a Geordie/Newcastle fan etc etc. However, every time he says this, myself and many other fans will all be laughing and saying yet, we still can’t believe it either!

Try to keep the propaganda to a minimum.

On Friday, Steve Bruce was yet again talking up something as a positive when it is the exact opposite.

He was waxing lyrical about the signing of Andy Carroll. Newcastle had to bring in at least two reliable looking goalscorers in the summer, the potential of Joelinton arrived but then the other hopefully reliable goalscorer was Carroll. Simply a Mike Ashley PR stunt to take attention away from not properly strengthening the team/squad.

A striker who can now never get fit and play games, never mind score goals. He arrived injured/unfit as well, Bruce told us it would be a few weeks before he played, now it is the end of September at the earliest. So now Steve Bruce putting out an Ashley propaganda line that instead Andy Carroll is going to be some sort of brilliant role model. Stop talking rubbish and if somebody is injured, simply say noting until they are available.

“He (Andy Carroll) is doing a bit of running.

“We still think he could be four or five weeks away. Although I think really we shouldn’t put a timescale on him.

“He will be ready and fit when he is ready. Timescales can leave him and everybody else disappointed.

“I am sure he will be able to play a big part and then hopefully he stays all right.

“It’s only been a week since he walked through the door. The other day we had a meeting with the strikers and he had his say. The other players in the canteen all want to be around him. They are looking to feed off his experience. He has know-how, knows exactly what Newcastle is about.”

Stop pretending that you have any say on which players are bought and sold.

Quite embarrassing that Steve Bruce keeps insisting he had/has some kind of say on which players are bought and sold.

It gets even worse when it is Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley themselves who are making clear this isn’t the case.

The owner and his stooge stating that signings such as Joelinton and Allan Saint-Maximin were set up long before Steve Bruce was appointed.

Don’t blame players to deflect blame.

In the immediate aftermath of the defeat to Arsenal, all the talk was about the chaos and farce when Steve Bruce made his substitutions.

Many players not seeming to know where they should be playing, Jetro Willems in particular, this playing a big part in the goal.

On the day of the match, Bruce appeared to be blaming Willems for causing the confusion by suggesting the player had gone into the wrong position (central midfield), however, on Friday he was forced to admit this wasn’t the case.

I put Jetro on in midfield (in place of Jonjo Shelvvey) where he played for (Eintracht) Frankfurt.

“Then I thought it was unfair and then I switched him quickly. We made a mistake.”

Win football matches.

Simple as that.

If Steve Bruce wins football matches then that is what is talked about.

In a 20 year career however, nothing suggests that he will do. as has been repeatedly pointed out, of managers to take charge of 250 or more Premier League matches, only Bryan Robson has a worse record, the pair of them the only two to have a winning  ratio of less than 30%. Far worse than Allardyce, JFK, Pardew and McClaren.

If Steve Bruce can get his PL career winning ratio over 30% whilst at Newcastle United he will surprise us, as well as himself…?


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