Not sure Les Ferdinand gets it quite right when speaking about Steve Bruce
Les Ferdinand was a class act at Newcastle United.
One of the many brilliant Kevin Keegan signings in the nineties, NUFC finished second top of the Premier League in both of his two seasons.
How Newcastle could do with somebody of the quality of Sir Les this season.
Les Ferdinand has been talking about the situation at his old club but I don’t think he has his finger totally on the pulse.
He says that fans will love Steve Bruce IF his Newcastle team wins matches. That I wouldn’t disagree with, when a team is winning then usually pretty much everything else ceases to be that important.
Talking about negativity towards Bruce’s appointment, Les Ferdinand says that ‘Whoever was going in there after Rafa was going to get this effect.’
I wouldn’t agree with that. Yes pretty much anybody would have been seen as a step down from Rafa Benitez BUT the fact is that not one other Premier league club would have even considered employing Steve Bruce. Plus Mike Ashley made his task even harder when going out of his way to make clear Bruce would only have power to train and pick the team, by naming him as a Head Coach rather than Manager.
Much of the negativity not aimed at Steve Bruce himself, more at the decision by Mike Ashley to revert to having another patsy like McClaren Carver and Pardew, rather than a proper manager such as Rafa.
I think Les Ferdinand has also got it very wrong when saying about Newcastle fans: ‘They have lost someone who they thought would guarantee them staying in the Premier League.’
The supporters aren’t upset because of losing somebody who would have guaranteed survival, it is that in Rafa they believed they had somebody who with fair and reasonable backing and freedom to get on with the job, could/would have had Newcastle with higher ambitions than just surviving season to season.
Les Ferdinand speaking to Talksport:
“I think the fans will love Steve Bruce and enjoy his time at Newcastle if…Newcastle win games of football.
“I think no matter who you are, sometimes the managers who go into clubs are not the ideal choice and no one wanted to lose Rafa.
“Whoever was going in there after Rafa was going to get this effect.
“They see another manager coming in under the same regime and I think it is more to do with that than with Steve Bruce.
“They have lost someone who they thought would guarantee them staying in the Premier League.
“Steve has got it all to do.
“I know his heart is in wanting Newcastle to do well and he will give it his best shot.
“The more games he wins, like the last time out against Spurs, the more he will grow in the hearts of fans and keeping them in the Premier League will have the effect it needs to have for Steve Bruce.”
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