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‘It is time now for everybody to get fully behind Steve Bruce’

2 weeks ago
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I just wanted to say something about Steve Bruce.

I have never sent anything to The Mag before, so hopefully this makes the cut.

My message is that it is time now for everybody to get fully behind Steve Bruce.

It isn’t that I think he is suddenly some great manager, you only need the briefest of looks at his 20+ years in management to see that isn’t the case.

However, he isn’t quite as useless as some have made out.

He can do the basics, train/coach the team, pick a workable formation (Which just happens to be how Rafa Benitez had the team playing) and at least he seems to have a bit of a rapport with the players.

I 100% understand why anybody has stopped going to home matches, as I hate Mike Ashley as much as the next man (or woman).

However, if you are still going to games, I think everybody needs to be fully committed to the players and Steve Bruce.

We’ve got a good set of centre-backs and a goalkeeper, an ok central midfield, then if the front three did somehow find their way to goal, we could just maybe fluke a cup run and/or a top half finish.

I am under no illusions, whilst Mike Ashley is still here there will be no proper lasting success on or off the pitch. However, I think this is the case whoever Ashley gives the job to.

Even when he accidentally gave the job to decent managers like Kevin Keegan and Rafa Benitez it didn’t make any difference, he had no intention of allowing them to change the stupid way he runs the club.

I have no doubt that if Mike Ashley is still here in another 10 years time, there will still have been no proper investment in the Academy, training complex, St James Park, or anything else important. Just the same old simple useless plan of putting a team on the pitch with loads of Sports Direct signs behind them and hope they don’t get relegated, with a manager/head coach that knows his place.

Which brings me back to Steve Bruce.

Yes he is limited and he knows his place but at the same time I do think he will give the job everything.

The kind of level I see him at is as a bit of a Geordie Neil Warnock, no more no less.

We aren’t getting any better than this under the current owner, it is just the norm really, the latest manager/head coach from the Pardew Carver, JFK, McClaren level. After all, nobody really credible would work for Ashley anyway, not seeing how he has treated Keegan and now Benitez.

I think we have to switch off about Mike Ashley or else it ruins your life too much, especially your social life.

If somebody could guarantee that Ashley would sell the club if I didn’t go to another match this season then I would stay away.

The truth is though, that none of us knows what, if anything, will make him sell up and go.

I can’t say I’m going to stay away so long as he still owns the club because I want to go to matches and reality is that the FCB might well still be here long after I have popped my clogs.

Mike Ashley is an evil presence at this football club but that doesn’t mean Steve Bruce is the same, guilt by association and all that.

He is somebody who has landed a dream job that he knows he should never have had a chance of getting.

Let’s  just hope he proves lucky then and he stands a far better chance of carrying that luck, if the fans are behind him and the team.

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