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Just when you thought Simon Jordan couldn’t get any weirder on Steve Bruce…

2 weeks ago
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Whatever you say about Simon Jordan, you have to hold your hands up and credit him for never giving up.

Yes, he is back on his favourite subject of…Steve Bruce.

It is all very bizarre this slavish Simon Jordan devotion to the former Newcastle United Head Coach but it doesn’t look like it is ending any time soon.

In fact, just when you thought Simon Jordan couldn’t get any weirder on Steve Bruce…

Simon Jordan speaking after Aston Villa sacked Dean Smith, on Talksport:

“One of the big gains and losses is Dean Smith.

“I worry for Dean Smith now, because I don’t think he gets another Premier League job, because Dean Smith doesn’t have that cache, ra ra and sizzle, that some of these guys have.

“So you think to yourself, Dean Smith did a great job, took them out of the Championship, put them into the…[Premier League]…but I argue that was built on a base of what Steve Bruce built.

“Promoted, stayed in the Premier League, finished higher in the Premier League.

“Boom, first bit of adversity [two places and two points above relegation zone after 11 PL matches of the season], doesn’t fit. The profile of Aston Villa, ‘we’re a big club, with powerhouse mentality’…”

Marvellous isn’t it, how people can rewrite history to suit their own ends.

Lets roll back just over five years ago, on 12 October 2016 Steve Bruce was appointed as manager of Aston Villa, the club with the most expensive squad in the Championship.

Almost exactly two years later, on 3 October 2018, Steve Bruce was sacked by Aston Villa. They were in fourteenth place and heading for a relegation battle, only one win in Bruce’s final ten games.

In came Dean Smith on 10 October 2018, the rest as they say is history. Steve Bruce had Aston Villa heading for a relegation battle BUT instead Dean Smith came in and got Villa promoted that very same season.

Amazing how the likes of Simon Jordan can twist things to suit his agenda.

So Steve Bruce couldn’t organise and motivate his players to win more than one game in ten, yet it was down to him that another manager came in and completely turned things around!

So, when Kevin Keegan took over at Newcastle United in February 1992 when the club were staring the third tier in the face, then 27 months later finished third in the Premier League, it was actually Ossie Ardiles who should take the credit…

As for that Thomas Tuchel, winning the Champions League and now top of the Premier League…it is really a massive well done to Frank Lampard…

It works both ways of course….because who can forget Steve Bruce blaming Rafa Benitez well over a year into Bruce’s reign for how Newcastle United were playing and how the team was set up. This despite Bruce allowed a net spend of over £100m and a host of new players, as well as all those hours spent on the training pitch…yet Simon Jordan and pretty much all the rest of the media accepted Steve Bruce’s incredible reasoning (excuses).

This perfectly sums up how the media act in relation to Newcastle United.

Simon Jordan can credit Steve Bruce for Dean Smith cleaning up the mess left behind and seven months later getting Villa promoted, then at the same time be happy to give Rafa Benitez the blame for how Newcastle play over a year after he left and the man who replaced him has been given over £100m net spend and in excess of a year working with the players.

You can just see what will happen now at St James Park, if Eddie Howe turns around this absolute mess that Steve Bruce has left him with, then in the head of Simon Jordan there will be only one man to acknowledge for saving Newcastle United…and it won’t be Eddie Howe.

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