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Alex Bruce gives a new ‘unbiased’ opinion on the Steve Bruce situation ahead of game 1,000

1 month ago
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Alex Bruce has been speaking about his dad, again.

Alex Bruce has during these past 27 months regularly defended Steve Bruce against criticism of the job he has done / is doing at Newcastle United.

Alex Bruce often at times getting his retaliation in first!

Steve Bruce’s son speaking / writing about his dad with totally blind support, which is no surprise when he is family.

Though some of what Alex Bruce has said has been pretty embarrassing, especially when getting into rows on social media with Newcastle fans and one infamous exchange with a journalist, Craig Hope of The Mail. Who his dad then went on to ban from press conferences. Don’t mess with our family!

Nobody should have a problem with Alex Bruce wanting to do this kind of thing and now he has went public yet again (see below), ahead of this Spurs match today.

However, if he is going to do it, Alex Bruce should at the very least stick to the facts / truth.

‘He’s never had the opportunity at managing a club who can go and spend proper money…he could only use the money that the club generated and with the pandemic there wasn’t any money there.’

Sky Sports did analysis on Steve Bruce and Newcastle United this past week and showed that in his time at Newcastle United, Mike Ashley backed him with the eighth biggest net spend of all Premier League clubs. It was Rafa Benitez who got (less than) zero net spend and support when at NUFC over his three years.

Ashley said in a public statement after this latest transfer window that £160m had been committed on transfers since Steve Bruce had came in.

‘I think he’s done a very good job at all the clubs he’s managed.’

Hmmm, Steve Bruce has managed ten clubs and with only the odd exception, I don’t hear the fans of the vast majority of them agreeing with this.

Steve Bruce has almost certainly done his best at Newcastle United BUT it hasn’t been good enough, never mind how confrontational he has been with the fans.

No wins in eight games this season, less than 19% win ratio these past ten months – only seven wins in thirty seven games. Conceding more goals than any other PL club, 62 in the last 34 matches, the defending becoming a shambles when it was seventh best in both of Rafa’s PL seasons at NUFC.

These are the reasons (amongst many others) why Steve Bruce has to be replaced and that was the case whoever would be owning the club throughout this season.

Alex Bruce speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live’s Football Daily podcast about Steve Bruce at Newcastle United:

“It’s been tough. I wouldn’t sit here and lie and say it hasn’t, it’s been really tough to watch the criticism.

“Since he took the job, I think the lack of respect that has been shown, considering he’s done 1,000 games, has been unbelievable.

“A lot of things have been said about my dad, and I feel a bit naff sticking up for him, but I would genuinely say for anyone who has done 999 games as a manager, 980-odd as a player, to see certain individuals question his integrity, his professionalism, his ability as a manager, questioning things like his warm-ups, his substitutions… they all make mistakes, but has he not deserved a crack?

“He’s never had the opportunity at managing a club who can go and spend proper money. He’s managed teams in the Premier League like Wigan, Birmingham, Hull City… his win ratio in the Premier League has been questioned umpteen times – do people really expect massive win percentages when you’re managing clubs like that?

“I don’t think so. I think when you’re a level-headed and intelligent person, you look at the bigger picture. I think he’s done a very good job at all the clubs he’s managed, and I think he deserves a crack. Some of the disrespect he’s been shown has been hard to watch.

“He knew that was going to be the case from the day he took the job.

“He had an owner who was trying to sell the club, he had an owner who didn’t really want to put any money of his own into the club for a number of reasons, he could only use the money that the club generated and with the pandemic there wasn’t any money there.

“He tried to strengthen the squad in the last window. They desperately needed reinforcements in defensive areas, I think he was very frustrated he couldn’t do that, so there’s been a number of things that have made the job difficult.

“He has been the fall guy. The amount of times I’ve said to him ‘why don’t you let someone else do the press?’ and he just says ‘because I’m the manager, it’s my responsibility’.”

“Dad’s finished round about similar and yet one’s been lauded as a messiah and the other one’s been battered since the moment he walked in the door, which has been the most difficult thing for me to watch because he’s a Geordie.

“I know for a fact, no matter what people say, what Newcastle means to him as a fella. He used to crawl under the turnstiles, stand there when he was a kid with his dad, he’s always supported the club.

“No matter what you say about my dad, he thinks a lot of the club and he knows more than anybody that this new ownership has needed to happen and believe me, he is absolutely delighted that it has, not just for the football club, but for the city and the supporters as well.”

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