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Steve Bruce delusional positive spin and the reality – Just go please Steve

3 weeks ago
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It must be great living in the head of Steve Bruce.

Where nothing is ever your fault and the reasons for getting such poor results are bad luck, bad form of individual players, bad ‘fine’ margins, bad journalists, bad ‘keyboard warrior’ fans…

Indeed, everything to blame apparently, other than bad management.

To listen to Steve Bruce, it as though Newcastle United could potentially have won every match this season, rather than the reality of being winless after seven, already out of the League Cup and only three points from a possible eighteen.

Indeed, this is far from a new thing when it comes to Steve Bruce and sheer bad luck…

I want to remind you of some of the nonsense he has already came out with after various games this season and then take you back on a tenth month journey of 36 matches and the woeful reality of ‘bad luck’ and Steve Bruce.

Steve Bruce after losing 4-2 at home to West Ham – 15 August 2021:

“In the Premier League, it’s fine margins. 

“I don’t think there was much wrong with us offensively but it’s about getting that balance right isn’t it?”

(***West Ham had 9 shots on target compared to only 3 for Newcastle and NUFC had not a single effort on target in the entire second half.)

Steve Bruce after Newcastle lost at home to Burnley on penalties – 25 August 2021:

“I don’t think we’ve done much wrong, despite not winning.

“We haven’t lost on the night.”

Steve Bruce after Newcastle 2 Southampton 2 – 28 August 2021:

“In my opinion we have taken the lead twice and deserved to go on and win it.

“It’s tough to take, a penalty decided by VAR, and we are all bitterly disappointed.”

(***Southampton dominated the match, had 65% possession to Newcastle’s 35%, 22 shots compared to NUFC’s 10, yet didn’t deserve at least a draw??? Funny how a correct decision by VAR giving a penalty late on is somehow unfair (‘tough to take’). Yet when Watford were denied a winner on Saturday in the 87th minute due to VAR and a very narrow offside, it is fair enough)

Steve Bruce after Newcastle 1 Leeds 1 – 18 September 2021:

“We need a win.

“I’ve said it many times, in the Premier League, whether you are at the top or at the bottom, you are judged on results, and at the end of the day, we’ve drew two and we need to get a couple of wins if we can.

“I continue to try and do the best I can be in this situation, hope that I can draw on the experience I’ve had over the last twenty odd years to stand me in good stead, and try to keep out the noise.

“It has been fine margins today, we needed a bit of luck to go our way.

“It has been a difficult start, there’s no disputing that, but if we keep playing the way we did there then I’m convinced we’ll be ok.

“That’s the big thing about the Premier League whether you’re at the top or the bottom.

“You have to accept when you don’t win a game you come under pressure…how you handle it, keep your dignity, do what you think is best and stick with it.”

Steve Bruce making it up as he goes along – 18 September 2021:

“We were ten seconds away at [from winning against] Southampton.

“And if we had took them two [extra] points we would be sitting on five or six, in mid-table, thinking ‘not a bad start’.”

(***If NUFC had beaten Southampton, then after the Leeds draw Newcastle would have had four points, not the ‘five or six’ that fantasist Steve Bruce wanted to claim)

Steve Bruce after Watford 1 Newcastle 1 – 25 September 2021:

“Deeply frustrating but I’ve got to take the positives again.

“We played well again and haven’t got a win from the match.”

So according to Steve Bruce: ‘”I’ve said it many times, in the Premier League, whether you are at the top or at the bottom, you are judged on results…’

So when exactly will Brucey be judged on results?

At Watford on Saturday the travelling fans made their feelings known, chanting for Steve Bruce to go.

No doubt this week we will have the usual motley collection of losers, charlatans and Steve Bruce mates in the media, telling Newcastle United fans that it is they who are delusional, they who should be careful what they wish for, they who should be more loyal and back the Head Coach, as though it is the supporters who are responsible for this absolute mess at St James Park.

It is funny how not a single one of the pundits and journalists are keen to quote facts, you know, what has actually happened at NUFC over these past ten months.

Here is the record of the last 36 Newcastle United games (all competitions) under out great leader…

Played 36 Won 7 Drawn 10 Lost 19 Goals For 37 Goals Against 63

So the past 10 months, Steve Bruce has won 19% of the last 36 games.

Whilst the last 10 months have seen Steve Bruce has lost 53% of these last 36 matches.

When you realise that Newcastle have only kept 6 clean sheets in these 36 matches AND then compare it to the NUFC goals average scored of 1.02 goals per match in the same period. Just how many matches are Steve Bruce’s NUFC ever going to win, when they average one goal per game and yet hardly ever keep a clean sheet?

Steve Bruce claims Newcastle were so much better in these last two games, yet only scored once in each and still conceded. Worth pointing out as well that these two games were against Leeds who have had their own abysmal start and are currently bottom three, as well as Watford who look really poor and sure to be at wrong end of the table next May.

You have to ask yourself, if Steve Bruce stays in charge, exactly who are Newcastle going to beat? Wolves away next week? Tottenham with likes of Son and Kane when they visit St James Park after the international break?

I just don’t see it and the remainder of the PL schedule before we get to December looks pretty challenging, with the likes of Arsenal, Palace and Brighton away, with Chelsea and Brentford coming to Tyneside.

You then have what look absolute must win games at home to Norwich and Burnley at the start of December, before that month plays out with Man City and Man Utd at home, Leicester, Everton and Liverpool away.

We need to see a new manager in place ASAP at Newcastle United, or else Steve Bruce is simply going to keep the ‘bad luck’ coming and it becomes an ever deeper hole to try and climb out of.

Is there honestly anybody who doesn’t now accept that pretty much any manager would be able to get better results out of this Newcastle United squad of players than Steve Bruce?

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