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BBC Sport comments from neutrals about Steve Bruce and Newcastle after Aston Villa – Says it all

12 months ago

Really interesting reading through these BBC Sport comments following Newcastle’s defeat to Aston Villa.

The comments from neutrals especially telling.

This is what Newcastle United are reduced to under Mike Ashley and Steve Bruce.

A club that neutrals are divided on, whether to sympathise with, or laugh at, this never ending nothingness of supporting Newcastle United year after year.

The BBC Sport readers comments, mainly from neutrals, although the odd Aston Villa and Newcastle fans also contributing, tell you all you need to know about Steve Bruce, Mike Ashley and Newcastle United…

‘Villa the better team even with El ghazi doing his best to keep giving Newcastle possession back everytime he got near the ball. Genuinely worried for Newcastle with Bruce in charge, quality players not playing as a team.’

‘Finally somebody who is qualified to comment having suffered with Bruce themselves seeing what we see. Taken us from 7th best defensive record to 4th worst & is actually our biggest spending manager but somehow he’s seen as a good manager by others.’

‘Steve Bruce will blame VAR, the Newcastle fans and say everyone has to pull wor socks up. My advice is to pop to the greengrocers and pick yourselves up a few cabbages. It worked for us. In the mean time you have my sympathies, having previously suffered similar torture at that blokes hands.’

‘Newcastle have some really good players, they just need a new manager to get the best out of them, to get the players n dressing room buzzing with better training and tactics and rid the bordem n negative idears that this manager has followed on from last season.

There are a few available at moment, Wilder, Lampard even John Terry, who players know. Bruce is the old school English manager.’

The “top teams” will be kicking themselves for missing out on Ings. Proving a great signing for Villa already… as if it was ever in any doubt!’

‘Congrats Danny on your home debut and what a goal!

Can’t wait to see a game with Ings and Watkins starting together.

That being said, just as i wasn’t overly negative last week after Watford, I’m not going to get overhyped this week. It’s hard to predict what Villa will do week in week out but hopefully as the new signings settle in, we can keep improving season on season.’

‘Cant see Newcastle getting out of the bottom 3 all season, they’re looking odds on favourites for relegation already.’

‘Bruce out yet? Or is it too early?’

‘No fan of Bruce.

But nobody would want his job.’

‘Surely Eddie Howe will be at Newcastle VERY soon.’

‘I’d take Eddie the eagle right now.’

‘Thoroughly uninspiring. On paper this looks a decent Newcastle team, in reality they’re just not functioning. This team needs some leadership and fast!’

‘Happy Villa fan, but I feel for Newcastle fans. I hope they find new owners soon, deserve so much better. Similar to us, Big club, traditional club, mainly local support, proper stadium. I hope they turn a corner soon, they should be where we want to be, challenging top 6 every season.’

‘Newcastle were lucky to keep eleven on the pitch and offered next to nothing other than niggly, cynical antics. If that’s how they play every week then I hope they go down.’

‘World class strike by a seriously overlooked striker. Sadly Steve Bruce is rubbish. Newcastle were clueless yet again. It’s either Viera, Bruce or Dyche to be sacked first. Take your pic. Sack the board. Ashley out.’

Only a matter of time for Newcastle you’d feel. Seen it before with so many clubs, struggle until they go down eventually; Wigan, Villa, Brighton to name a few.’

‘Bruce is the problem, yes he’s a nice guy, but he’s a terrible Manager.

‘I would wager with the exact same players and set up at the Club, Pochettino – Ex Spurs would have Newcastle in the top 8.’

‘The sooner Newcastle is under new ownership the better. Sweep it clean and start from scratch.’

‘Anyone else think Wilson is looking rather stupid after turning down Villa to go to Newcastle? Awful decision and one he probably regrets daily.’

‘Shouldn’t of listened to Shearer. Very strange decision. I’d take Ings and Watkins though over Wilson every day of the week though.’

‘More feeble excuses from Steve Bruce. Time for him to go.’

‘Great result for a Villa team missing some key players. Fair play to Smith for taking Targett and Nakamba out after poor displays against Watford. Shows he intends to use the squad and it was also good to see Ramsey start. PL debut for Philogene Bidace on top of all that so all in all a good day at the office. Newcastle such a poor side under Bruce but will scrape to survival as usual.’

‘Newcastle are relegation fodder…’

‘The most exciting thing about watching Newcastle play is to see which new excuses Brucie will come up with when they lose. He never disappoints!’

‘Willock probably the best Newcastle player on the pitch which isn’t saying much because Newcastle were poor against a pretty bare bones Villa line-up.’

‘Here’s the worry. Newcastle have very few players they can introduce to make their side better. Aston Villa are a middling side who 18 months ago were lucky to escape relegation and since then have sold their best player ( by miles). But they beat Newcastle comfortably enough so it looks like another nervous 9 months for Bruce’s team. Or will it be Bruce’s team ? Might be better if it isn’t.’


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