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Garth Crooks with bizarre reaction after Newcastle United takeover

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Garth Crooks has been talking about the Newcastle United takeover.

The BBC Sport pundit discussing the situation at St James Park having watched his former club Tottenham win 3-2.

A ridiculously easy win for the away side, especially taking into account United had the perfect start, taking the lead inside two minutes.

Considering Newcastle United then didn’t have another effort on target in the rest of the entire game, it is quite shocking, though not nearly as shocking as the tactics and lack of ideas in the NUFC dugout.

Spurs could and should have been something like 5-1 or 6-1 up, Steve Bruce amazingly lucky to have the 3-2 scoreline that massively flatters him and his players. That luck topped off by Dier providing an amazing own goal when under no pressure from any Newcastle player…unsurprisingly.

Garth Crooks has been reflecting here on the match and takeover, I then have a few comments below on what he has said.

Garth Crooks talking to BBC Sport – 17 October 2021:

“On Friday, new part-owner Amanda Staveley confirmed that Steve Bruce would stay in charge for Newcastle’s Premier League game against Tottenham after PIF had taken over the club from Mike Ashley. How very nice of her considering Bruce was at Newcastle long before she arrived at St James’ Park and is the man responsible for keeping the club in the top division that meant she and her colleagues found it sufficiently attractive to buy.

“Allowing Bruce to take charge of Newcastle for his 1000th match was the least she could do. He was, after all, born and bred in the area and, through no fault of his own, suddenly finds his career at the club thrown in the balance by the takeover. Staveley might have to stay with Bruce a little longer, after Brendan Rodgers and Rafael Benitez said they would not be leaving their managerial posts any time soon.

“A win against Tottenham was a must and it may have bought the manager some time but the moment he or his team falters, his doubters and knockers, and he has many, will want him gone – and no-one can survive long in those conditions.

“That is why Bruce will not be taking his beloved Newcastle into the ‘big time’.

“The sooner the club stops this awful pretence by providing the slightest hint he is anything other than a ‘caretaker manager’ the better for all concerned. Come clean and put him out of his misery. It’s the least he deserves and the best for all concerned.

“The victory against Newcastle was worryingly easy for Tottenham and provides a clear insight into the task facing the new owners at St James’ Park. The scoreline is irrelevant – it was Newcastle’s performance I found so concerning.

“The atmosphere in the stadium was amazing and the Magpies couldn’t have had a better start. However, the longer the game went on the more Spurs took control and the more Newcastle were found wanting. Tanguy Ndombele scored a superb equaliser and stood out in midfield but that was because no-one offered any real resistance. Newcastle were torn to shreds by a Tottenham side who for once were in the mood.”

Amanda Staveley said that Steve Bruce would be remaining as Head Coach until further notice and if that changed, he would be the first to know.

Yes, we all know that he is going to go and most importantly, HAS to go. However, what could /should the new owners have done differently?

They could have sacked him before the Spurs game, which the overwhelming majority of fans would clearly have chosen, even if it meant Graeme Jones as a temporary stand in until a permanent manager was appointed.

Alternatively, the new owners could have said they were giving Bruce the job until the end of the season or some other commitment like that. Something which would have been the maddest thing to do of any football club owners in history.

Garth Crooks wanted Bruce to be allowed to get game number one thousand in management for these bizarre ‘sentimental’ reasons which they would never apply to any other club.

Steve Bruce got that chance and it is one that in no way he deserves, yet Garth Crooks declares about Bruce: ‘…through no fault of his own, suddenly finds his career at the club thrown in the balance by the takeover.’

It was ridiculous that Bruce was still here when the new owners took over. ‘No fault of his own’ – well after getting £160m spent on players in the two years or so since arriving and a net spend of some £125m, to then have the team / squad in this total mess and one of the favourites to be relegated despite taking over a mid-table team with the seventh best defence in the Premier League, certainly sounds like it is somebody’s fault!

What is truly amazing is that Garth Crooks describes what a total mess Newcastle were against Tottenham, indicating clearly the shocking tactics and team set up BUT still this is apparently nothing to do with Steve Bruce!

Garth Crooks states: ‘…the moment he or his team falters, his doubters and knockers, and he has many, will want him gone – and no-one can survive long in those conditions.’

Yes it would be terrible if now Steve Bruce starts to falter…Seen as it is now an 18% win ratio over the last ten months, only seven wins in thirty eight matches, 65 goals conceded in the last 35 PL matches – more than any other PL club, less points accumulated these past ten months than any other PL club.

This season alone, it is now a horrendous no wins in nine to start the season, six defeats and three draws, despite a generous set of opening fixtures. A massive 19 goals conceded in eight Premier League games, three more than any other team.

Steve Bruce had a front four yesterday of players who have all been signed since he took over and that quartet (Wilson, Willock, ASM, Joelinton) costing £105m.

Imagine if this was some random foreign manager at Newcastle United without Bruce’s 40+ years of English football / media friendship to rely on. They would be getting absolutely laughed out of the job.

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