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Tim Sherwood proves he’s the man for scraping beyond very bottom of Newcastle pundit barrel

2 weeks ago
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It remains one of the major mysteries of the modern world, that Tim Sherwood is paid to express his views on anything, never mind Newcastle United.

Quite extraordinary… there is hope for us all.

When you have somebody who is so limited anyway, if you then have to add in his bias on certain topics, it is a potent mix when it comes to the ‘expert’ view of Tim Sherwood.

Tim Sherwood is big mates with Steve Bruce and these past 26 months has repeatedly gone over the top with his praise of the job Bruce is (according to Tim Sherwood) doing at St James Park.

Tim Sherwood also clearly has issues with Newcastle United fans and has constantly criticised and attempted to belittle them.

Back in October (2020) for example, Tim Sherwood was on his high horse (see below), complaining that Steve Bruce didn’t get the credit he deserved, Sherwood also criticising Newcastle fans and Rafa Benitez back then as well, as usual.

Then for example in February 2021, Tim Sherwood talking about Steve Bruce when at the time he was on a 15 match run of 11 defeats, 2 wins and 2 draws (a run which would then extend to 21 games and only 2 wins, 6 draws and 13 defeats – 21 February 2021:

‘He [Steve Bruce] is going to have to swim the Channel backwards to get any sort of credit [from Newcastle fans].’

Now he is back again, Tim Sherwood giving us the benefit of his ‘expert’ opinion on Newcastle United, Steve Bruce and the fans.

Tim Sherwood speaking to My Betting Sites:

“Steve Bruce is always going to be under pressure, but not from the man who matters most, which is Mike Ashley because he did a brilliant job of keeping them in the league last year.

“The fans will always put Steve under pressure because they didn’t want him.

“It’s almost like an untenable job, but he knows that, and he’s got broad enough shoulders to deal with it.

“It’s a tough environment to manage under, but Steve just wants to carry on.

“Everyone forgets, he’s actually a Newcastle fan.

“He wants what’s best for them, but he doesn’t feel like he can give them the style they demand because of the players at his disposal.

“He just needs to do what he needs to do.

“Unfortunately the objective there is to stay in the league.

“The fans want that to be a lot higher.

“At the moment, just to stay in the Premier League is a massive feat for a lot of football clubs.”

So Tim Sherwood isn’t even able to keep up with what Newcastle fans are particularly depressed about at this moment in time.

Yes Steve Bruce’s ‘style’ of football has been shocking for the overwhelming majority of these past 26 months BUT of even more major concern is that despite a relatively easy run of fixtures, Newcastle have won none of their first  seven games of the season and indeed these past ten months Bruce has won only 19% of his last 36 matches, victories in only seven games in that time.

Tim Sherwood talking about Steve Bruce when at the time he was on a 15 match run of 11 defeats, 2 wins and 2 draws (a run which would then extend to 21 games and only 2 wins, 6 draws and 13 defeats – 20 February 2021: 

“Steve [Bruce] can’t worry…because he can’t win anyway.

“I think Steve Bruce realises that now.

“Even if he keeps them [Newcastle United] up in the division, he’s not going to get any credit for this.

“The only way Newcastle fans are going to get what they want, is when Mike Ashley decides that he’s had enough of the club and he’s got somebody to come and offer him the right money to sell it.

“If the Rafa Benitez rumours are true, would he come in?

“Does he think he’s got an opportunity? He would get the credit for keeping them in the league.

“I still think Steve Bruce keeps them in the league, I really do.

“I think he gets enough points, I think he’s experienced enough.

“He’s managed that many football matches in the Premier League that he’s got the experience to keep them in the league.

“No one wanted him in there in the first place and I think he has realised that.

“He’s going to have to swim the Channel backwards to get any sort of credit.

“He’s just got to keep them in the league, do the job.

“The objective of Mike Ashley is to keep them in the league. He doesn’t care if anyone does anything other than that. Yeah, it would be nice if they won a Carabao Cup or an FA Cup, but he wants someone to keep them in the league.

“From Bruce’s point of view, I think he has just got to walk away.

“He has got to try and keep them in the league and then his reputation is intact and he can go and get another job somewhere else.”

Tim Sherwood talking to Sky Sports – 24 October 2020:

Rafa Benitez was complaining about what he didn’t have at the football club [Newcastle United] all the time.

“I think [Steve] Bruce has gone in there, you don’t hear him talking about what he hasn’t got at the football club, he’s getting on with the job.

” I think they’ve bought some attacking players. I think he sets his team up…..depending on who they play, just to get results.

“I mean, we all want to play attacking football, he wants to put up [Callum] Wilson up front there with Andy Carroll, a battering ram, [Allan] Saint-Maximin on one side and [Miguel] Almiron playing as well, Ryan Fraser….

“He [Steve Bruce] sets his team up to win football matches and I don’t think he gets enough credit for that. I think Rafa Benitez got loads of credit for that.

“I saw some games where Rafa set his team up, they drew 0-0 and never ever threw a punch during the game. It was boring to watch.

“So I think they’ve got short memories, the Newcastle fans.

“Steve Bruce, he knows, he has stood on the Gallowgate End, he knows what it’s like to be a supporter there.

“He want to play that free flowing football what everyone wants to see, open up the pitch, go forward, forward runners, getting the balls into the box, causing havoc.”

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