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Steve Bruce tells Sky Sports he deserves respect from Newcastle United fans

1 year ago

Speaking ahead of Newcastle v Wolves, Steve Bruce has told Sky Sports that ‘Newcastle fans can see what we are trying  to achieve.’

With all due respect though, I think the biggest problem so far with the Head Coach, is that NUFC supporters can’t see what Steve Bruce is trying to do.

Bruce repeatedly says that the problem is scoring goals and yet continues with such over the top negative tactics.

Which has led to shockingly bad stats on touches by players in the opposition box, chances created, possession, shots and so on.

Steve Bruce also says that he deserves respect from Newcastle fans because of how long he has been a manager: ‘But after 950 games (as a manager) I would think you know to show some little bit respect…I would like to think I know what I am doing.’

The problem for so many Newcastle fans is that it is 950 games with many of them, especially in the past decade, spent in the Championship, whilst in the Premier League, Steve Bruce has the very worst record of any manager to take charge of 300 PL games.

What we can all agree on is when the NUFC Head Coach declares: ‘I understand that you need a few results along the way to get the doubters over to you.’

If Newcastle are winning  regularly then that takes care of everything else pretty much.

However, with only two wins and six defeats (two draws) so far, Steve Bruce has to quickly find the solution to more goals and more wins.

Steve Bruce also rubbished claims in the local media that he has had meetings to discuss the January transfer window, the Head Coach insisting this hasn’t been the case and he has just been evaluating the players he already has.

Steve Bruce talking to Sky Sports:

“I think Newcastle fans can see what we are trying to achieve.

“They are quite a unique support.

“Last week against Man U, of course we got the victory, but St James Park was the way it should be, it was rocking that afternoon.

“So that is what we have to try and create.

“I understand that you need a few results along the way to get the doubters over to you.

“I know I am not going to be everybody’s cup of tea, I understand that.

“But after 950 games (as a manager) I would think you know to show some little bit respect…

“I would like to think I know what I am doing.

“Whether it’s going to be good enough in some people’s eyes, that’s for everybody to see.

“I’m delighted to have been given the opportunity and relishing the challenge.”

Jeff Stelling:

“Will you be allowed to strengthen in the transfer window, is that a discussion that you have had?”

Steve Bruce:

“I have never really had that discussion just quite yet.

“I think it is vitally important that we get over the start and I analyse the squad.

“I have only been here two or three months and the most difficult one is analysing everybody concerned.

“I haven’t seen a couple of them play up to last week.

“Saint-Maximin for example has only played the last couple of games. Yedlin, Dwight Gayle, people like that, I hadn’t seen play until a couple of weeks ago.

“If we can improve then the club will always try and improve but as for conversations of January, I’ve just got on with my job at the moment, which is to try to make a fist of this difficult start what we’ve obviously had.”


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