Steve Bruce left reeling as trusted journalists finally turn on him
Steve Bruce is now feeling ever more exposed.
Newcastle fans were left staggered by the appointment in July.
Losing Rafa Benitez was one thing but to be replaced by such a ridiculous choice was an obvious disaster.
Mike Ashley so insistent on returning to a model of running the club, where you don’t have a manager, instead having somebody so underqualified for the job and so desperate to get it, they are willing to take the post on the understanding they are just a head coach there to train and pick the team. Having no say on any important decisions, including transfers in and out.
Whilst fans called it straight away, many journalists lectured them on how Steve Bruce must be given his chance, look at his Premier League experience, track record etc etc…
Quite embarrassing when that Premier League experience is of abject failure, only Bryan Robson has a more disastrous record of those to have managed 250 PL games. The way Steve Bruce is going at Newcastle, he will soon overtake Robson into ‘top’ spot.
As for his track record, one losing cup final appearance and a couple of crawls into the bottom of the top half of the Premier League, are not much to show for over two decades of management. Indeed the vast majority of the last decade has seen Steve Bruce in the Championship.
After the latest shambles on Sunday at Leicester, the worm has finally turned.
Even those who had still been slavishly defending Steve Bruce have had to admit just how bad things are…
Lee Ryder – The Chronicle:
“Newcastle in utter disarray. Nobody seems to know what the game plan is.
“This will go down as one of the worst away performances in the club’s Premier League history.
“Even the basics seemed to be missing as the rain and the misery lashed down on Geordie fans in attendance.”
Mark Douglas – The Chronicle:
“NUFC look like a relegation waiting to happen today.
“Afraid this has been coming for weeks.
“Tactically I have no idea what they’re doing; what they’re supposed to be doing or what it is that the summer signings are supposed to have added.
“The promise of front foot football.
“Mike Ashley saying NUFC could be on the verge of something special.
“The leg work on the signings done before the Head Coach came in.
“Replacing Rafa with Bruce.
“NUFC now favs for relegtion.
“Summer chickens coming home to roost for NUFC here.
“NUFC only conceded 3 or more goals four times all of last season (38 games).
“They’ve done it 3 times in seven games this season.”
Luke Edwards – The Telegraph:
“Bruce’s “tough” start only offers so much protection. His team looks a poor one and hard to see them getting better at the moment
“A horror show.
“I don’t know where nufc go from here.
“Yes, down to 10 men, but out played before Hayden sending off.
“The criticism of Bruce will grow louder and the case for his defence gets weaker.
“Judge on performance and results – and he is being – and it’s far from positive.
“This looks like a team that is going down at the moment and if Bruce is going to save himself, we need evidence of improvement, not words or talk about hard fixtures.
“He wanted this task when I and others warned him against it. His dream job? It’s rapidly turning into a nightmare.
“I always think table settles down after the second international break, normally we can form a clear view of where teams are when we get to November.
“It’s been an unconvincing start, which has done nothing to silence his detractors.
“The pressure grows. He needs results and fast.”
Whilst other journalists were a bit more clued up/honest/realistic from the kick-off…
Martin Hardy – The Times:
“The seriousness of Newcastle United’s situation was clear a while ago to most people, apart from a few talking heads on here.”
Craig Hope – The Mail:
“For me, the warning signs were there from the off.
From the first game of the season this has been coming for NUFC.
“There is no identity under Steve Bruce, no idea of what he wants or what the team is supposed to be.
“It was evident from the off.
“Serious questions need to be asked before it’s too late.
“…that is a set of players performing like you would towards the end of a manager’s reign, not the start.”
Stats from BBC Sport:
Leicester 5 Newcastle 0 – Sunday 29 September 4.30pm
Pereira 16, Vardy 54 and 64, Dummett OG 57, Ndidi 90
Possession was Leicester 69% Newcastle 31%
Total shots were Leicester 13 Newcastle 3
Shots on target were Leicester 5 Newcastle 0
Corners were Leicester 9 Newcastle 0
Referee: Craig Pawson
Newcastle team v Leicester:
Dubravka, Krafth, Schar, Lascelles, Dummett, Atsu, Hayden (Sent off 43), Longstaff, Almiron (Yedlin 74), Muto (Ki 46), Joelinton (Carroll 63)
Darlow, Saint-Maximin, Manquillo, Fernandez
Crowd: 32,168 (2,650 NUFC – Newcastle United refused to take the full 3,305 away allocation)
(Newcastle fan smashes it on BBC Radio 5 Live – Must listen ‘Should only be talking about Mike Ashley’ – Watch/listen HERE)
(Steve Bruce throws his players under the bus – Comments after Leicester 5 Newcastle 0 – Read HERE)
(Newcastle fans need to get angry and passionate for change after Leicester 5 Newcastle 0 – Final proof – Read HERE)
(Can’t disagree with what Brendan Rodgers had to say after hammering Newcastle United – Read HERE)
(Instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to the five goal humiliation – Read HERE)
(Steve Bruce has to go after this shambles – Read HERE)
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