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New Newcastle United owners urged to keep Steve Bruce and give him money

5 days ago

The Steve Bruce fan club are making their final stand.

Whilst strong rumours circulate that he will soon lose his job, the new Newcastle United owners have instead been urged to keep Steve Bruce and give him money to spend.

This is what Gabby Agbonlahor thinks (see below), who just so happens to be a close friend of Steve Bruce and is also one of his former players.

No surprise to see this circling of the waggons is happening at Talksport, the nerve centre for ludicrous Steve Bruce and general Newcastle United wind up nonsense for countless weeks, months, years…

How about this cracker from Danny Murphy on Talksport this morning (Monday 11 October 2021):

“Antonio Conte has never battled relegation, Steve Bruce is better equipped to keep them up.”

It is all very reminiscent of when (Champions League, double La Liga, double Europa League winner) Rafa Benitez was supposedly totally unsuited to getting Newcastle promoted, due to the fact he hadn’t managed in the Championship before.

To our amazement (not!), apparently good managers can manage in various circumstances, Rafa Benitez totally rebuilt the squad in summer 2016, made a £40m profit for Mike Ashley on transfers in and out, then led Newcastle to promotion as champions.

So now Antonio Conte (won Serie A three times with Juventus, won Premier League with Chelsea, won Serie A with Inter Milan only months ago) would be a worse choice than Steve Bruce (never won anything as a manager, never finished top nine in the Premier League, but plenty of experience of fighting relegation, some of it unsuccessfully…).

The thing is with clowns such as Danny Murphy, who has had plenty practice saying daft things about Steve Bruce and Newcastle United. They say these things without even checking their facts.

Amusingly (when you consider what Danny Murphy is saying), before Antonio Conte earned his chance at Juventus in 2011, he actually had a lot of experience of fighting relegation.

In his first management job, Conte had an unsuccessful fight in keeping Arezzo from dropping into the Italian third tier in 2006/07.

Next up, Conte was at Bari and in 2007/08 successfully kept them in Serie B when arriving mid-season, then got them promoted in 2008/09.

At Atalanta in 2009/10, Conte found himself fighting relegation from Serie A and with things turning nasty due to the actions of the club’s ‘ultras’, the manager was given police protection and finally resigned mid-season.

Finally, before getting the job at Juventus, Conte got Siena promoted to Serie A in 2010/11 after taking over the relegated club.

Basically, Antonio Conte served his apprenticeship of some five years, fighting relegation or promotion in each of his first five seasons in management.

You have to laugh, Danny Murphy unintentionally pointing to somebody who has very valuable experience of battling at the bottom AND of stellar success at the very top!

Gabby Agbonlahor speaking to Talksport – Sunday 10 October 2021:

“Newcastle at the moment are in a relegation battle.

“I would keep Steve Bruce, give him some money to spend in January, give him a chance, he’s not had money to spend in his career as a manager.

“See what players he can bring in to help this squad of players and then see how it pans out over the course of the season.

“If you brought Conte in now he might come in and think ‘this is hard, is it January yet?’.

“He deserves a chance, people are too quick to say ‘get rid of him’ and bring in this manager or this manager, but it’s dangerous when you’re in a relegation battle to change a manager like that.

“Steve Bruce knows these players, he knows the right formations to play with this group of players.

“You bring in Conte and he might try and bring in a different style of play and he might not get what he wants out of these players because they’re not good enough compared to what he’s used to.”


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