Steve Bruce now considering quitting Newcastle United due to pressure – Report
Steve Bruce has told friends that he could be ready to quit his job at Newcastle United, according to a report on Wednesday morning.
Quoting sources, who they say are friends of Steve Bruce, Football Insider claim that they have told them that the NUFC Head Coach is considering resigning.
The reasons being that he (Steve Bruce) is said to be feeling ‘really down and ‘lower than ever before’, due to the miserable start to the season and the spotlight that is increasingly being shone on him and his shortcomings.
Newcastle United have only won 19% (7 of 36) of all their matches these past ten months and that already this season, despite a generous set of opening fixtures, it is seven games without a win despite playing the likes of Southampton, Burnley, West Ham, Aston Villa, Watford and Leeds.
Football insider in their ‘exclusive’ saying that Steve Bruce is continuing to give out a message that he’s not going anywhere BUT that the reality behind the scenes is very different, with this claimed willingness to potentially walk away now.
The report states that Steve Bruce is sick of taking all the flak from Newcastle fans for what is going on both on and off the pitch, especially when it comes to the Head Coach finding himself under attack due to unhappiness from supporters at the failings of Mike Ashley in how he runs the football club.
Who knows how much substance there is, or isn’t, in this ‘exclusive’ this morning.
However, what we do know absolutely for sure, is that this is the job Steve Bruce was brought in to do.
Quite clearly his 20 or so years of failure in management didn’t make Steve Bruce a potential candidate for any Premier League club back in 2019, based on his managerial ability. A career winding down and his third consecutive club he was managing in the Championship.
Mike Ashley had forced Rafa Benitez out because he (Rafa) wanted the club to show long-term ambition and put realistic investment into the infrastructure (training complex and Academy etc) as well as the first team squad, in order to grow the club year on year. Plus of course Rafa Benitez was in no way willing to give up the veto he had on which players were signed.
Mike Ashley instead wanted to revert back to his stooge / patsy model and Steve Bruce was ideal, so desperate that he would take the job on any terms and without any real say on anything of importance apart from picking the team. Within six days of taking the job of Head Coach, Steve Bruce then watched on as Mike Ashley completed the signing of £40m (FORTY!!!) Joelinton, a transfer that Rafa Benitez had refused to sanction.
Over two years on and after 75 Premier League appearances, Joelinton has scored six PL goals. A perfect testament to Ashley’s ruining of the club yet further.
These media claims this morning follow supposedly informed reports after the Watford match, that Mike Ashley still has absolutely no intention of sacking Steve Bruce.
The claims of Steve Bruce about how things are actually going on the pitch, are getting ever more detached from reality.
The NUFC Head Coach insisting that this season has seen great progress on the pitch and other desperate positive PR spin.
The one area where Newcastle fans might have some minute sympathy for Steve Bruce, would be due to the fact that Mike Ashley, Lee Charnley and the rest of the shameful Ashley hierarchy. have all left Bruce to face the music by himself.
Despite promises from Ashley and Charnley ahead of Bruce’s first ever Newcastle match (against Arsenal in August 2019) that they would be stepping up from now on to ensure that speaking publicly / communicating with media / fans would no longer be left just to the manager / head coach…that is exactly what has continued to happen these past couple of years.
However, once again, Steve Bruce should have recognised just how badly Mike Ashley was prepared to treat a top class manager such as Rafa Benitez and known that absolutely nothing would ever change, in terms of the contempt this owner shows both fans and (decent) media.
What happens next…we will have to wait and see.
However, already seven games without a win. If Steve Bruce now repeats last season’s four and a half month run of only two wins in twenty one games, or even worse(!), it is very difficult to see Bruce coping with the pressure now that there are fans back inside St James Park.
On the other hand, Newcastle fans find it very difficult to ever imagine Steve Bruce walking away without the millions he’d be due if sacked by Mike Ashley.
If he did do so (resigned), at least Steve Bruce could walk away with some shred of dignity and stimulate some very small degree of respect from Newcastle fans.
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