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‘I said I would give Steve Bruce 10 games…’

1 year ago
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Well folks, I said I would give Steve Bruce his 10 games and here we are towards the bottom of the Premier League once again, very lucky (on performances) to be one point and one place above the relegation zone.

So what have we learned?

Well, our team and player stats so far are beyond appalling – quite frankly they are an embarrassment. If we continue down this route in upcoming games we will be undoubtedly relegated .

Either the players cannot play football or the manager cannot manage a football team, or it is a disastrous combination of the two.

Steve Bruce is said to be a nice guy but he cannot manage a football team, our tactics are terrible, substitutions crazy – why on earth would you bring a striker on in the 90th minute as he did on Sunday? What chance did Dwight Gayle have of getting into or influencing the game?

The NUFC Head Coach then blames the players for the defensive format in the second half in what was an awful display, claiming they ignored his instructions.

Bruce’s tactics seem to be either confusing for the players, or they are unable to implement them come game day when they take to the field. Viewed from the stand, or TV in my case, it is a sad and boring spectacle.

At full-time we get the standard plethora of excuses which inevitably ends up with the failure and useless performance being down to others , generally the players when you analyse his comments. Blah blah injuries have been a problem, blah blah we didn’t turn up and play in the second half, blah blah needs more time to work with the squad.

Listen, you just need to check out the career stats on Steve Bruce’s management in the Premier League and you will find him pretty well at the bottom of the pile. I would hook him now but I guess Mike Ashley will, as always, leave it late .

Unsurprisingly, our manager is not alone in the hopeless stats dept.

I set aside the defensive players for the moment as in every game they are under constant pressure because the midfield and forwards think the ball is a poisoned chalice and must be given away to the opposition at every opportunity. Sadly. leading our attack are the two slowest forwards (Joelinton and regular sub Carroll) in world football, allied to a first touch from either foot or part of their anatomy which at best is well in excess of three metres – not a sign of a controlled lay off in sight.

Almiron who plays his heart out and ‘Glorius Maximus ‘ have no chance of reading the lay-off , then again no one has , as for holding the ball up, maybe if they had velcro strips, pants and socks there would be a chance.

Come January I would move both these guys on and as of now I would be urgently scouring the world for two fast skilful forwards .

Our midfield certainly needs a revamp, once again we have players who can one touch it sideways forever but when it comes to running with the ball to commit opposition players we fail. Then we continually try long passes that are speculative at best, so the ball comes menacingly back rapidly – frankly it’s all just a mess.

Don’t get me wrong, we have some good players but amongst their ranks we cannot find a general who dictates pace, structure  and direction of play. The supporters can see it so why can’t the manager or the powers that be.

Up to the boardroom we alight on Lee Charnley and I wish he was gone. With more far-sighted vision we could have retained Rafa and it has to be said we would be in a far better place than we are now, alas our plonker MD messed the whole deal up pandering to Mike Ashley.

To recap….

Our stats are shocking, we carry some hopeless players, our MD is a disaster , our club is lacking fatally in terms of investment…but we have the most fantastic supporters.

I fear we need a miracle now.

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