Steve Bruce presents new proof of his commitment to cup competitions with Newcastle United – Satire
Steve Bruce was adamant when he took over at Newcastle United.
When appointed as head coach, he said: ‘It’s not just about staying in the division and being happy with that – that would be wrong.’
Steve Bruce promising to give the cups the same commitment as the Premier League and making a pointed reference (‘I’ve put my neck on the line immediately! I’m not really bothered what’s been done before) to Rafa Benitez who repeatedly said that due to Mike Ashley refusing to allow proper funding for the NUFC squad, it was simply impossible for Newcastle to compete in the cups.
Mike Ashley doing the same, doing down Rafa Benitez and bigging up Steve Bruce and this new all out attitude to trying 100% to do well 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”.’
The Mag – 14 August 2019:
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.’
As for Mike Ashley, after Bruce’s appointment he said it was great that now Rafa Benitez had gone, he at last had a manager (head coach…) who would be now throwing everything at winning 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”.’
As we all know, the reality proved something different. Newcastle United once again falling at the first hurdle, both in exiting the League Cup and Bruce/Ashley with a team that showed seven changes, including all of the best attacking players, players left out in favour of the Premier League game the following weekend.
Better news on Thursday morning, as Steve Bruce has revealed that after only six games in charge, he has already taken Newcastle to a ‘Cup Final’…
Sadly, his reference is to Newcastle already facing a relegation six pointer against Brighton, only six weeks into the season.
Defeat would mean Newcastle guaranteed to be in the relegation zone with a run of Leicester away, Man Utd home, Chelsea away, Wolves home and West Ham away, to follow.
Steve Bruce claims ‘we have acquitted ourselves very well’ but whilst there have been touch games at Spurs and Liverpool, to go out of the cup at home and pick up only one point from Norwich, Watford and a massively weakened Arsenal side, doesn’t equal doing ‘very well’ at all.
Newcastle have looked better arguably when simply playing very negative all out defence against the better teams away from home but unable to control possession or create many chances, means Steve Bruce and his players have to start and quickly show they are capable of doing that against the other relegation contenders.
Steve Bruce speaking to the Chronicle – 19 September 2019:
“They (games such as against fellow relegation contenders Brighton) are the big games.
“You look at anything you get off the top six now is a bit of a bonus.
“Five games in and it is already a bit of a cup final.
“But that is the beauty of the Premier League.
“There are plenty of positives, they (Newcastle players) are a group that have been together for a few years now and have a spirit and attitude around them that’s great.
“I have enjoyed every minute of it.
“It has (though) been difficult in the first five weeks knowing who we had to play, we have played Tottenham, Arsenal and Liverpool in the first five.
“It was always going to be difficult but we have acquitted ourselves very well.
“If we keep applying ourselves like that then we will only get better.”
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