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Steve Bruce – Just please go

1 week ago
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Another Steve Bruce classic unfolded on Saturday for us all to see.

A collapse and surrender on the field and another round of excuses and nonsense followed.

He has blamed everything, whether it be the fans, VAR, Rafa Benitez and now is blaming a local newspaper for asking him if he went on holiday during the international break – he has even gone as far to say the newspaper is partly to blame for us the fans turning on him.

Alright then…

Nothing to do with last season’s horrific run of 2 wins in 21 games or rubbish football week in week out. None of those factors are a valid excuse for appalling football and his abysmal record as it stands right now.

His overall Premier League record as head coach for Newcastle United stands at 23 wins, 21 draws and 36 losses from 80 Premier League games.

Steve Bruce has lost 45.0% of his PL games in charge, an average of 1.125 points per game and a win ratio currently stands at 28.75%, with draws 26.25% of the total (failing to win 71.25% of his 80 PL matches so far).

A total of goals scored stands at 89 and a total of 132 conceded has played out during the 80 games. So an average of 1.12 goals scored and an average of 1.65 conceded. Grim indeed.

As Newcastle United have 34 Premier League games left to play this season, I looked back on our last 34 premier league games just to see what points we could be looking at (going off that), In the last 34 premier league games (including the 4 this season) we have managed 9 wins, 8 draws and 17 losses – 35 points picked up in the last 34 PL games.

So 36 points at the end of the season if indeed Steve Bruce replicated the points totals and is indeed allowed to stay in the job a bit longer. Newcastle were relegated with 37 points the last time in 2016 (and relegated with 34 in 2009), so Steve Bruce could well go one better.

I don’t understand what it would take and what exactly goes on in the decision making with those in power at the club. Surely though, with two relegations already to Steve Bruce’s name in his career and with results generally getting worse overall on the pitch, something has to happen sooner or later. Nobody wants to lose £4m paying somebody off but this £4m it would cost to get rid of Steve Bruce would surely make far more sense, than the hundreds of millions the club would lose if relegation occurred?

Unfortunately for us fans though, there isn’t an ounce of sense between Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley when it comes to running the club. Steve Bruce may deserve every criticism he is getting as there are no excuses for the performances we have seen time after time over his tenure.  However, Mike Ashley as we all know though has created this whole mess.

The club has been toxic for years because of him. He simply needs to go. Mike Ashley won’t change for the better and has had more than enough time and chances. He has in my opinion killed off any chance of a decent manager wanting to take this job on again, as the football world saw what happened with Rafa Benitez and how badly treated by Ashley he was .

Mike Ashley has been nothing short of spiteful and vindictive towards Newcastle United fans, yet large sections of the media continue to ignore it and actually blame the supporters for all the problems. When well it all ever change?!

I hope when I come up next Friday and take in my first game at St James Park (having only managed to take in away matches so far) I can bring the luck of the Welsh and use it to get our first win of the season – but one game won’t change anything unfortunately.

I just hope the next time I’m able to come up, that Mike Ashley, Lee Charnley and Steve Bruce are some place far far away.

Comments welcome as always.

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