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The questions White, Murphy and Jordan ‘forgot’ to ask Steve Bruce in Talksport farce

5 months ago
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Steve Bruce was the star attraction on Talksport on Monday morning.

The Newcastle United Head Coach’s appearance after Friday’s win at Leicester, that effectively confirmed Premier League survival with three games to spare.

Survival that was mathematically confirmed when Fulham lost on Monday night to Burnley and joined Sheffield United and West Brom back in the Championship.

For those hoping for an informed debate with searching questions, the Steve Bruce Talksport circus big top show was always going to disappoint.

You couldn’t move for clowns as Jim White, Simon Jordan and Danny Murphy massaged Steve Bruce’s ego as he explained how he’d confronted this (according to him) near impossible job and ‘succeeded’ against all the odds.

Here are a few of the questions White, Murphy and Jordan ‘forgot’ to ask Steve Bruce in this Talksport farce, along with the usual embarrassing stuff from Mike Ashley’s Head Coach…

“It is difficult managing the expectation that is obviously still there [at Newcastle United].”

There is zero expectation at Newcastle United now under Mike Ashley, when he forced Rafa Benitez out of St James Park and replaced him with Championship manager Steve Bruce, that completely extinguished any faint remaining flickering flames of hope. Steve Bruce pushing the Mike Ashley line as always, of deluded Newcastle fans with unrealistic ‘expectation(s)’, these fans simply do not exist in reality.

“We would always love to be like Liverpool and Man City and be free flowing and open and go to Man City and say let’s take you on. You have to find a way sometimes and be a bit pragmatic. At times, we make no excuses, we have to be.”

Once again, Steve Bruce making out that Newcastle fans expect their team and manager / head coach to take the game to everybody, including the very best. Newcastle fans in reality of course do not follow this line, what they do question is why this negative approach has to be for 95% of games. Why weren’t White, Murphy and Jordan asking Steve Bruce why he had used such woefully negative tactics against the likes of Sheffield United, West Brom and (Championship Brentford) this season?

“But we have invested money on Almiron, Joelinton, Callum and Allan so there is our threat. Yes you can defend and we will always try to be a team that plays on the counter attack. But unfortunately we have been without them for too long at times.”

Yet again, Steve Bruce is allowed to unchallenged, make this very misleading claim that Newcastle United have been massively handicapped by injuries to the four attacking players who cost the club £100m. In the 35 Premier League matchday squads this season, Callum Wilson has been in 27 of the 35 PL matchday squads, Miguel Almiron in 33 of the 35, ASM in 22 of the 35, Joelinton in 35 of 35.

“The vast majority of people you speak to on the street are wishing me the best of luck and telling me to take no notice of the rubbish.”

This can be filed alongside Bruce’s claims of receiving sackfuls of fanmail through the post, telling him what a great job he is doing and ignore the small number of unrepresentative keyboard warriors etc etc. Why did none of the Talksport clowns mention the Chronicle survey of 14,000 Newcastle fans which showed 95% wanted Bruce out?

“You have to accept criticism, it is part and parcel of it, but I think at times it has been unjust. I have always said to try and judge me when I have a fit squad.”

No manager ever has a totally fully fit squad. Steve Bruce wants to say he has an impossible job when he is only missing one player, namely Allan Saint-Maximin. Any decent manager will find a way to cope with injuries and nothing remotely justifies a run of two wins and thirteen defeats (and six draws) in a twenty one match mid-season run, with the players Steve Bruce DID have available.

“Here is the big thing. Newcastle in the last 14 or 15 years have been in the bottom half of the Premier League. We would all love to see Newcastle United being back to signing the Alan Shearers of this world for world record fees but that just isn’t going to happen.”

Any pundit with any integrity would then automatically be linking this woeful NUFC record (league finishes and two relegations, not failure to spend world record fees!) to Mike Ashley who has owned the club 14 years, yet they remain amazingly quiet on this ‘possible’ link between club owner and woeful performance on (and off!) the pitch. The PL owner with the lowest spend of all PL clubs this past decade on infrastructure for example.

“He [Craig Hope of The Mail] needs putting in his place. Your radio station gives him air and makes him feel a little bit special. He is totally unbalanced, it is always negative and that for me is totally wrong.”

What a nasty over the top comment about a journalist simply doing his job, telling the truth. Steve Bruce’s reaction to ban the journalist asking the awkward questions and at times refusing to allow the print journalists to ask any questions at press conferences, or restrict them to only one or two.

Steve Bruce is as big as an embarrassment as Mike Ashley in many ways. Indeed, some would say even worse, as Bruce claims to be this massive Newcastle fan, man of the people. Yet talks about our club and the fanbase in such a consistently disparaging way.

After arranging this embarrassing appearance on Talksport, I would now be amazed if we don’t see Mike Ashley’s PR people now lining up a similar one on the other preferred Ashley medium of spin / attack, Sky Sports.

You have been warned.

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