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‘My feelings towards Steve Bruce are entirely hostile and I thought that was the common consensus?’

2 weeks ago

D-Day for Steve Bruce….probably not, but should be.

Prolonged periods of underperformance in any occupation will always result in dismissal.

As Newcastle fans we know though, that we seem to have the one scenario in which this logic doesn’t feature.

Today we play Southampton at home in our third game of the Premier league season, and if the League Cup is included, this will be our fourth straight attempt to avoid defeat (I obviously don’t accept the ‘we didn’t get beat by Burnley‘ spin that Steve Bruce has tried to medicate us with).

Unfortunately, like most, I fear that due to our incompetent ‘head coach’ we will comfortably lose this game playing a system that hasn’t worked all season with five at the back. I suspect that the returning Adam Armstrong will probably score and personally, I believe effort should have been made to purchase him.

Like most, I am sick to death with the antics of Steve Bruce, his vacant tactics, non-reaction to any in-match situation and proven inability to get the best out of the team or find a system that works. His entire career with us seems to be more about proving to himself that he is up to the levels of his predecessor, than the actual welfare of the club. He simply cannot adapt.

Having been as constructively critical as I can, what puzzles me more is the events of Wednesday night, where according to The Chronicle a large proportion of the Newcastle fans were singing for Steve Bruce to give them a wave. From reading The Mag regularly, my interpretation is that most are against Bruce with a select few seemingly either accepting of the regime and Bruce as the symptom, or either just completely ignorant to the mess we are in.

I personally cannot fathom how this happened? My feelings towards Bruce are entirely hostile and I thought that was the common consensus? The feeling was Bruce would be called out once fans get back in (post-covid) but it seems a section of our support are content with this charlatan.

I myself have accepted that Mike Ashley will do what he can to wind the fans up and will make decisions which are clearly not in the best interest of the club, as he continues his wrath of tyranny. I cannot accept what is happening on the pitch however.

The team is reasonable enough to manage to float around mid-table and I believe any, literally any, alternative manager would do a better job than Bruce currently is. I’m not ignorant enough to think he would go and be replaced with anyone fancy, I suspect it would be Graeme Jones at best but to be honest, I’d be happy with that considering the circumstances, because it can’t be any worse.

It’s very worrying when your own players highlight in the media that Steve Bruce isn’t great with tactics. Even if that was the case, can you imagine what Alex Ferguson would have done if that had happened in his team? No way should it be evident publicly that you have a weakness. Makes us a laughing stock (more than we already are).

I am sick to death of our poor displays being pointed out to me by fans of other teams. If I had a quid for every time one of my mates has said, “how is Bruce still in a job, your lot were terrible at the weekend”, I’d be certainly wealthier.

I would give anything for Steve Bruce to be sacked but realistically know Ashley will not oblige, until there’s about 20 points to safety and 21 points left to play for.

Signing off, an utterly fed up, frustrated and soon apathetic Newcastle fan.


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