Steve Bruce isn’t ‘Bang Average’ according to friend Chris Wilder
Exactly nine months ago today, Chris Wilder faced Steve Bruce.
It was the Steel City derby back in March and Steve Bruce was the moral victor in a goalless draw, even though Sheffield Wednesday were at home.
Bruce had not long taken over the Wednesday job and (Sheffield) United were on their way to promotion.
Speaking to the media on Wednesday morning ahead of the game at Bramall Lane on Thursday night, Chris Wilder says the Newcastle United Head Coach is one of his ‘friends in football’ but that goes out of the window tomorrow.
Not sure whether the Blades fans will think of Steve Bruce as their ‘friend’, as they still hold a grudge after he walked out on them 20 years ago.
Sheff Wed fans weren’t too impressed either when Bruce did the same to them this summer, Mike Ashley stunning but not surprising Newcastle supporters when reverting back to his preferred model of appointing somebody from the lower divisions as a head coach, on the understanding they/he are there to simply coach and pick the team, with no real say on transfers and other important decisions.
Chris Wilder says about Mike Ashley employing Steve Bruce, that ‘You aren’t given jobs in the Premier League if you are bang average and Steve isn’t bang average as a manager or a person.’
Well as Newcastle fans we have seen more than our fair share of ‘bang average’ (or worse) managers (and head coaches).
Whether Steve Bruce is added to that list remains to be seen.
This run of four games ahead of Christmas against Sheffield United, Southampton, Burnley and Palace could be pivotal in determining what direction things will go in.
The bookies make the Blades odds on to win and the Magpies outsiders at 4/1 to be victorious tomorrow, this reflects the job Chris Wilder has done and Newcastle still on the edge of the relegation struggle.
A massive three points if Steve Bruce’s team pulls it off.
Chris Wilder talking to journalists at his pre-Newcastle United match press conference:
“There was lots of talk in this area about this (Newcastle employing Steve Bruce) decision and it was a decision that did not surprise me at all.
“You aren’t given jobs in the Premier League if you are bang average and Steve isn’t bang average as a manager or a person.”
Sheffield United have a full squad to choose from but rotation on Thursday night?:
“There is the option to rotate.
“If it’s now or if it’s Sunday (when playing away to Norwich), we will see.
“You will always get injuries but the pulls, strains and niggles you want to stay away from, we have been able to (so far).
“That is testament to the people working away from the lights.”
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