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Steve Bruce gets Newcastle United vote of confidence from Mike Ashley – Report

1 year ago

Mike Ashley has given a vote of confidence to Steve Bruce.

The backing  comes as Newcastle head into October with one win from eight games, second bottom of the Premier League and out of the League Cup at the first hurdle.

Newcastle fans have become increasingly concerned at the performances, which have arguably been even worse than the actual results.

Steve Bruce has constantly chopped and changed team selections and formations, only for the end product to end up increasingly worse.

The luck carried in previous games, such as the home draws against Watford and Brighton, plus escaping heavier defeats at the likes of Liverpool and Norwich, also ran out on Sunday.

The 5-0 defeat at Leicester was fully deserved and if they had really needed to, then surely the Foxes could and should have scored more.

Despite this, according to the Chronicle report, Mike Ashley is more than willing to give Steve Bruce more time.

Newcastle fans were gutted when Mike Ashley forced Rafa Benitez out of the club and then their jaws dropped to the floor at news of yet another substandard appointment of a patsy head coach, Ashley reverting back to his preferred model.

The newspaper report saying Lee Charnley met Steve Bruce immediately after the 5-0 hammering, to reassure the failing head coach.

The appointment of Steve Bruce and his assistants was bad enough but the fact that Mike Ashley was happy for Newcastle to pay a reported £4m-£5m compensation to get such a poor coaching set-up, was staggering.

Arguably even far worse than when Hall and Shepherd thought it was a great idea to sack Sir Bobby Robson and replace him with Graeme Souness. It later emerging that Blackburn had been set to sack their useless manager who was doing such a poor job, only to then be happily stunned when Newcastle actually paid compensation to take Souness of their hands.

That Mike Ashley will give Steve Bruce more time is hardly a surprise.

All of his appointments can be pretty much be split into two camps.

The desperate patsies/stooges who he stood by no matter what pretty much.

The decent people with principle who he treated shoddily.

Of the first lot: Joe Kinnear only left due to a heart attack, Pardew would no doubt have still been here seeing out his eight year contract if he hadn’t walked away, John Carver was given right until the end of the season despite almost relegating Newcastle from a near impossible position, whilst Steve McClaren was allowed to stay until the situation was hopeless and Newcastle all but already relegated.

Of the second lot: Keegan was undermined and constructively dismissed despite turning things around on the pitch after inheriting fat Sam’s mess, Chris Hughton sorted out a shocking situation with no help from Ashley – taking the team up as champions and establishing them in mid-table only for Ashley to sack him weeks after winning 1-0 at Arsenal and beating Sunderland (and Steve Bruce!) 5-1,then you have Alan Shearer who was asked to produce a detailed plan by Ashley to turn around Newcastle after his very brief eight matches but never even got a reply from the owner, whilst of course Rafa Benitez was undermined at every turn by the NUFC owner who would have been more than happy to see the Spaniard walk away early and made no attempt to get him to sign an extension.

We all know which of these two groups Steve Bruce fits into!

I honestly can’t see any circumstances under which Mike Ashley would sack Steve Bruce this season, especially as he would then use the excuse that Bruce would be perfect for getting Newcastle back up…

I think the only way we stand a chance of Steve Bruce leaving, is if he himself decides to walk as he is too embarrassed to carry on.

What a club to support, reward/back failure and get rid of anybody who is ambitious and is showing hope of growing the team/club.


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