Adrian Durham advises Steve Bruce on how to turn Newcastle around – One big problem (of many)
Steve Bruce has been getting some advice.
No, not just the advice from the terraces questioning exactly what is going on.
This time he is getting the additional advice from Adrian Durham.
The Talksport presenter telling Steve Bruce to change course before it is too late.
Durham declaring ‘Steve Bruce has been given a golden opportunity and he is blowing it. Don’t have any regrets. This is the only chance you’ll get to manager Newcastle United, it is the only chance you are going to have at a big club.’
As for what the head coach has to change…’What he needs to do is to channel his inner Keegan and go for it. Play attacking football and give yourself a chance of scoring goals and winning games and entertaining fans.’
The big problem with this (amongst the many), is that Steve Bruce would have to change the habits of a (managerial) lifetime.
His past record (see below) in the Premier League is not only shockingly poor from a results basis (averaging 1.12 points per PL game before Newcastle) and worse than the likes of Pardew, McClaren, JFK and Allardyce, it gets even worse when you look at Steve Bruce the ‘entertainer’…
His Premier League record is only an average of 1.03 goals per game, far worse than the managers listed above and indeed, if he has any strengths at all as a manager (or head coach), it comes from playing very negatively and ‘successfully’ keeping the score down. His goals against average (1.31) being better than Allardyce, McClaren, JFK and Pardew.
Mike Ashley has landed Newcastle United with not only one of the worst ever Premier League managers when it comes to winning games…but also when it comes to entertainment.
As always, the accusations of Rafa being always negative are way over the top.
Both elsewhere and at Newcastle United, Benitez has shown that whilst he looks to build from a solid base at the back, when he has the players to play more expansive football he will.
That was shown when he was eventually allowed to sign Miguel Almiron on the final day of the January 2019 transfer window. After 21 goals in the opening 25 Premier League matches, from the point Almiron made his debut, Newcastle scored 21 goals in the final 13 PL games, those final few months of last season more in keeping with his overall PL average of 1.53 goals per game, the same as Kevin Keegan.
Stats of managerial records in the Premier League up to and including the end of the 2018/19 season:
Adrian Durham on Talksport:
“Steve Bruce has been given a golden opportunity and he is blowing it.
“I want to know why he is choosing to do it like this.
“This is a message to Steve Bruce…
“You will never be Rafa Benitez – we all know that, the Newcastle fans know that.
“He knows that as well, so what he needs to do is to stop with the dull, negative tactics that are statistically making Newcastle the least attacking team in the Premier League.
“What he needs to do is to channel his inner Keegan and go for it.
“Play attacking football and give yourself a chance of scoring goals and winning games and entertaining fans.
“Be remembered for trying to entertain the Toon Army, rather than being the worst version of Rafa you have ever seen and getting relegated.
“Steve, you have unexpectedly been given the honour of managing Newcastle United – do not have any regrets about it.
“Do not look back in a year’s time and think…
“Why didn’t I play expansively
“Why didn’t I try to entertain?
“Why didn’t I at least try to do that?
“Don’t have any regrets.
“This is the only chance you’ll get to manage Newcastle United, the only chance you are going to have at a big club.
“So make the most of it and don’t waste it like you are doing now.”
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