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Steve Bruce performance at Newcastle this season – This is best neutral media opinion I’ve seen

2 months ago
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How has Steve Bruce done this season?

It is the never ending debate / argument which is broadly between Steve Bruce friendly media on one side and the Newcastle United fanbase on the other.

At one extreme journalists and pundits claiming a brilliant job done, whilst at the other end of the debate, many Newcastle fans thinking this season just ended has been an absolute shocker.

This is the best neutral media view I think I have seen on Steve Bruce performance at Newcastle United this season.

It ticks a lot of boxes for me…

Over at Football365 they have ranked the performance of all 24 managers to have managed in the Premier League this past 2020/21 season.

Going with David Moyes at the very top pipping Pep Guardiola, to right at the bottom Sam Allardyce pipping the man he replace at West Brom, Slaven Bilic.

As for those sitting in between the extremes of highs and lows, they have placed Steve Bruce at number 11 of 24 for Newcastle United’s 2020/21 season.

However, it was their explanation / comments that I found of particular interest:

’11 Steve Bruce (Newcastle United)

“The scientists and boffins have enough to get their heads around at the moment, but even if they were able to fully devote their collective energies to working out how Newcastle ended up in comfortable mid-table with a whopping great 45 points to their name, they would surely still fail.

“Until science comes up with something more compelling, we must against our better judgement conclude that Steve Bruce did something right.

“Fair play.”

Nobody can argue with the league table, it says Steve Bruce and Newcastle United 12th with 45 points.

However, you can argue as to how that total was achieved.

Newcastle fans would say huge doses of luck were involved and the fact that Callum Wilson (12 goals from 49 shots) and Joe Willock (8 goals from 17 shots) scored 20 goals between them from only a combined 66 shots, is quite astonishing / bizarre.

In the final analysis the very bottom three clubs were so poor (28 points or less), I think it would be daft to say that Newcastle deserved to be relegated on their overall performances.

However, with only six points separating 45 points Newcastle United in 12th and 39 points Burnley in 17th, I think very fair to say that Steve Bruce was very lucky to end up top of those six clubs (that finished 12th to 17th).

These are (a selection of) the 2020/21 rankings on how the Premier League managers have performed from Football365:

1 David Moyes (West Ham)

2 Pep Guardiola (Manchester City)

3 Brendan Rodgers (Leicester)

4 Thomas Tuchel (Chelsea, since January)

5 Marcelo Bielsa (Leeds)

9 Dean Smith (Aston Villa)

10 Graham Potter (Brighton)

11 Steve Bruce (Newcastle United)

12 Roy Hodgson (Crystal Palace)

21 (20) Frank Lampard (Chelsea, September – January)

22 Paul Heckingbottom (Sheffield United, since March)

23 Slaven Bilic (West Brom, September – December)

24 Sam Allardyce (West Brom, since December)

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