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Steve Bruce ever decreasing targets “My aim is still to get near to the points we got last year”

9 months ago

Steve Bruce has been talking to the media on Thursday morning.

The Newcastle United Head Coach speaking to journalists ahead of Friday night’s away game at Leicester.

Third placed Leicester City looking to ensure Champions League football, fourth bottom Newcastle United hoping to take a step towards avoiding relegation.

When Steve Bruce first arrived at Newcastle United, he said that there was no way the club should be fighting relegation and not finishing top ten equalled failure.

As this season has spectacularly fallen apart (only four wins in the last twenty five games), Steve Bruce has repeatedly lowered his declared targets and what would equal success.

Recently it has been all about beating or at least matching last season’s not brilliant 44 points total.

Ahead of this Leicester game, Steve Bruce has lowered his aim / target yet again: ‘There is still a lot to play for and my aim is still to get near to the points we got last year’, that would require three wins from the final four matches.

The very first target has to be at least beating the 37 points total that Newcastle United were relegated with in 2016, Steve Bruce still a point short.

Here is the current Premier League table as things stand with four games to go:

So, only 36 points from 34 games so far, below I have listed every Premier League season and the points totals.

As thing stand, Steve Bruce has so far managed to beat one previous Premier League season’s total, that was the 2008/09 Joe Kinnear relegation season of 34 points.

How many other seasons, if any…can Steve Bruce beat with 12 points still to play for?

I have listed the manager to take charge of most games in any particular season. so for example in 1996/97 it is Kevin Keegan, he managed for 21 matches, Kenny Dalglish 16 and Terry McDermott one (All seasons were 38 games apart from 1993/94 and 1994/95 when everybody had 42 PL matches):

78 points – 1995/96 (Keegan)

77 points – 1993/94 (Keegan)

72 points – 1994/95 (Keegan)

71 points – 2001/02 (Sir Bobby)

69 points – 2002/03 (Sir Bobby)

68 points – 1996/97 (Keegan)

65 points – 2011/12 (Pardew)

58 points – 2005/06 (Souness)

56 points – 2003/04 (Sir Bobby)

52 points – 1999/2000 (Sir Bobby)

51 points – 2000/01 (Sir Bobby)

49 points – 2013/14 (Pardew)

46 points – 1998/99 (Gullit), 2010/11 (Pardew)

45 points – 2018/19 (Benitez)

44 points – 1997/98 (Dalglish), 2004/05 (Souness), 2017/18 (Benitez), 2019/20 (Bruce)

43 points – 2006/07 (Roeder), 2007/08 (Allardyce)

41 points – 2012/13 (Pardew)

39 points – 2014/15 (Pardew and Carver, exactly 19 games each)

37 points – 2015/16 (McClaren)

34 points – 2008/09 (Kinnear)


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