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‘Steve Bruce shouldn’t have been sacked by Newcastle United – This is why’

1 month ago
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Steve Bruce is no longer the Newcastle United Head Coach.

Wednesday morning brought news via a public statement from the football club, that by ‘mutual consent’ the 60 year old was leaving.

The announcement predictably provoked yet more debate on Steve Bruce from the two polar opposites.

Random journalists, football pundits, fans of other clubs all saying the outgoing head coach had been so badly treated by the supporters and new owners, whilst Newcastle fans so relieved that at last he had been sacked (as revealed when Steve Bruce did an exclusive interview with his good mate at The Telegraph).

Well, for what it is worth, my opinion is that Steve Bruce shouldn’t have been sacked by Newcastle United – This is why.

He should NEVER have got the job in the first place!

Yes, when Mike Ashley appointed Steve Bruce on 17 July 2019, not another Premier League would have remotely considered him.

Just look at what Steve Bruce had been up to in the previous eight and a half years leading up to Mike Ashley swooping and PAYING Sheffield Wednesday some £4m compensation to land him as NUFC Head Coach.

In the eight and a half years (from 1 February 2011) before Mike Ashley signed him up, this was the Steve Bruce Premier League record during that time period:

Played 103 Won 23 Drawn 24 Lost 56

Steve Bruce winning just 22% of Premier League games in those eight and a half years and losing 54% of them.

As for what happened overall at the clubs he managed during that time period before coming to Newcastle United:

Sunderland – Deep in Premier League relegation trouble, Steve Bruce sacked.

Hull City – Relegated them from the Premier League, promoted them from the Championship, then walked away after dispute with club owners.

Aston Villa – Most expensive squad by far in the Championship, sacked after run of one win in ten games.

Sheffield Wednesday – After only six months in the Championship job, forces his way out of the club to sign for Mike Ashley.

What in amongst that lot, since February 2011, said that Steve Bruce should have been in any way, considered by Premier League Newcastle United?

Yet people question why Newcastle fans were shocked at his appointment and sceptical from day one as to whether he was right man for the job???

The reason that resistance was there, is because there was absolutely nothing that said the NUFC supporters and their club should be landed with Steve Bruce.

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