Steve Bruce Solidly Behind Big Sam

Local Newcastle lad Steve Bruce believes that it takes some time in the job before a manager can make an impact at a football club. He today puts his support solidly behind Big Sam at Newcastle, after attending the Derby game at St. James’ Park yesterday.


Steve Bruce – second time around as Wigan manager

But that happens these days when there is so much money at stake for clubs in the Premiership. It’s made a managers’ job in the Premiership certainly one of the most difficult jobs in football.

But Newcastle play Steve’s new club, Wigan Athletic on Boxing Day and he admits that a lot of his family will be at the game – supporting Newcastle United of course. Steve is also a little unhappy that Big Sam is being a little battered by the fans, but he’s sticking by his friend, who he thinks will eventually be a big hit at Newcastle.

Steve Bruce talked today about Big Sam:

“For people to shout at Sam, ‘You don’t know what you are doing,’ is nonsense.” “He does know what he is doing – he proved it for years with Bolton. He did a fantastic job there and rebuilt the club.”

“I am convinced he will get it right at Newcastle but you have got to give him time to do it his way.” “You cannot put your stamp on a club in two or three months. It takes two or three years.”

“But none of us get the chance to do that. You have to make an impact.” “If you don’t you can be out of a job in weeks. Unless we get a bit of commonness football clubs will never be stable or successful.”

Of course Bruce was a choice for manager of Newcastle United after Sir Bobby Robson was sacked at the club, because we were told 5th place wasn’t good enough. But Steve decided to stay at Birmingham and honor his contract, after agonizing over the decision for days, as only a true Geordie could. He missed his big chance then, that’s for sure. Of course, the same season Steve had Birmingham relegated, but to be fair he had them straight back up the next season, and did a good job.

Steve then talked about the great fans that support Newcastle United:

“You marvel at being a Geordie and seeing 50,000 people there.” “It is freezing cold and they are just wearing black and white strips but it does not matter to them.”

“This is one game in the season I look forward to immensely and a lot of my family will be at the game on Boxing Day.”

Wigan will face Newcastle after a draw against fellow strugglers Fulham at Craven Cottage and a victory over Blackburn by a margin of 5-3, in what was a bizarre game. It looks like former Chelsea defender Mario Melchiot is available again after a three-match suspension for being sent off with a straight red card.

It’s also possible that Wigan could be boosted by the return of Emile Heskey following an ankle injury, but we hope not. 😀

Both Heskey and Jason Koumas both remain doubtful for the game with Newcastle.

Comments and opinions always welcome.

41 comments so far

  • leo

    Dec 24, 2007 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #1

    i saw him at the game. Truelly was a shame that he wasnt the manager to follow bobby robson.

    Merry christmas my fellow bloggers have a gudn

  • UTD111

    Dec 24, 2007 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #2

    Yes Bruce is a United fan…….a Manchester United fan, lets not kid ourselves here!! Its been laughable in the past when United have played Man U on tv and the media people have thought it OK for Bruce to be the “token geordie studio reviewer”. He couldnt do it because he could nvere say a word against his beloved Reds. Not sure if he even knew the names of half our players – or cared. Merry Xmas to everyone, “happy holidays” Ed lol

  • Tripp

    Dec 24, 2007 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #3

    Aye, you too mate.

    Well, it looks like Sam’s gannin ta get the axe. Everyone’s “backing” him, which is usually a good sign he’s headed for file 13.

    I was thinking about that Rovers/Wigan game last night. Rovers can’t be too happy about that. It made the Derby result a little more palatable, but only just.

  • Hadrian

    Dec 24, 2007 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #4

    bruce as manager? no thanks , same vein as souness and allerdyce for me .
    im starting to get frustrated to the point of not caring anymore .
    stop dragging this out sam, just leave already , how are we meant to support you when you play two strikers in midfield , an exellent midfielder at left back , and spend 6 million on a 21 year old and not play him …….
    its all just wrong , and the results dont even stand up so we cant defend sam there .
    this is hard for me to take , seeing what kind of team we have become , we have looked bad all season , even the arsenal game we played like bolton would have to scrape points , alot of fight but not very much football.
    i honestly think we could get keegan back now we have new owners , we need managers who understand us .

  • daveyboy

    Dec 24, 2007 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #5

    Aye hadrian you are spot on!

    This is my 19th year as a season ticket holder and its the first season where I have lost passion for the club!!

    I’ve been angry before at ardiles, smith, souness, dalglish and predator (gullit) but never felt so low to watch the drab way we are playing at present!

    Why play milner on left, martins on right? Playing people out of position just doesn’t work or if he’s gona do it play martins on left?

    I honestly believe sams bottle has gone and he’s clueless at what positions to play people in, and the defence in rosenthall and cacapa was again shite yesterday like it has been all season!

    What will be more likely to happen though is for us to win 3 or 4 on the bounce and ill be singing again like I always do cos we are all fickle idiots who love the toon!

    Balls to it, pass me my pint for xmas!!!!!

  • Marguerite

    Dec 24, 2007 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #6

    Who cares what that plastic manc thinks of us? Just do not let him anywhere near our club. Sam’s style of play would be just up his street.

  • Mac

    Dec 24, 2007 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #7

    Same old same old. Why can’t we giva a manager a chance instead of asking for his head after a few results. If we had of won yesterday we would have moved to with in a few points of Europe and we haven’t even started playing well yet. Yes we’d all love to see the type of football played when King Kev and Wor Bobby we there but that is gonna take time. Come on boys get behind the big man and his team,give ut a chance he might suprise us

  • billy

    Dec 24, 2007 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #8

    you could give sam 100 years and he wouldnt come up with good football!imagine being in europe with him wed get murdered.i was for giving him time after watching start of season but week by week its getting worse.

  • Johnny T

    Dec 24, 2007 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #9

    Mac behave yourself man. Get FS out of this club ASAP. You want to watch that Shite every week? The bloke knows no other way.

  • Cockney Magpie

    Dec 24, 2007 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #10

    This is not a case of giving the manager time this is a case of getting the right manager in to give time too!

  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 24, 2007 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #11

    Damn right cockney.

  • Mac

    Dec 24, 2007 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #12

    Ok so who is the right manager??? How many do we have to sack until we find him. We have been through more managers that any other club in the prem. No one comes to a club and turns it round in a matter of months. If the man u fans and board had of been like the toon and got rid of Fergie after 5 months where would they be now?? Would they have won countless prem titles or the champions league???? I doubt it. Moyes at Everton is another example didn’t start too well but the board and fans got behind him and they are looking like a regular european side.

  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 24, 2007 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #13

    Mac – They had bad results, but in this case its obvious where sam is going wrong and even we can do better.

  • Cockney Magpie

    Dec 24, 2007 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #14

    but fergie didnt come in and put the attacking midfielders in defence and their forwards in midfield! he didnt make man utd a laughing stock and he didnt have the team at the bottom of the league singing “can we play u every week!” the man is tryin to use the same tactics that worked for him at Bolton but they are not going to work here and he is too stubborn to admit it. How long do we give him then? when we are batteling to stay up? or when we are battling to come back up?. You say about how many managers we have been through, that was down to Freddy, as is Sam, I say get rid of Sam and let Mike Ashley and Chris Mort choose their own manager that they feel will take us forward, Somebody that is not going to leave us in a worse state than Gullit did!! Im all about giving managers time but only if they are showing signs of moving us in the right direction. The only reason we are in the top half is not down to sam but thanks to are players natural talent, now imagine they was playing for a manager who played them in their natural positions and a manager they enjoyed playing for, then think where we could be!

  • Cockney Magpie

    Dec 24, 2007 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #15

    If we didnt have the players we have (with the exception of a few) we could quiet easily be in a relagation fight right now

  • Cockney Magpie

    Dec 24, 2007 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #16

    Also Ashley and Mort clearly have their head screwed on, and im pretty sure they both know who they want in charge, and im sure thats why they are limiting funds for Sam at the mo because he is not the person they want spending their money. But at the same time do not want to act too quickly by sacking him because like everybody who cares about NUFC do not want our club to become known as a managerial grave yard as it could cause us a problem when we do go for a world class manager because he will just be thinking he will get sacked after 6 months so there is no point! SAM SHOULD JUST DO THE DECENT THING AND STEP DOWN!

  • Cockney Magpie

    Dec 24, 2007 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #17

    YOU HAVE BITTEN OFF MORE THAN YOU CAN CHEW HERE SAM ME OLD SON, SO DO US ALL A FAVOUR AND WALK AWAY PLEEEEASE!!! (that way Ash n Mort can get whoever they want in and NUFC’s chance of getting a good manager are not jepordised!) Every1s a winner!

  • Mac

    Dec 24, 2007 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #18

    Cockney Magpie i do agree with what you’re saying as far as players and positions go. I am at a loss as to why enrique is playing which would in turn free up our brst player and i also agree that we were awful yesterday to be called a laughing stock is a little wide of the mark. How can be a laughing stock when we are ahead of so many other teams. 9th place isn’t a bad place to be at the mo. We have Wigan on Boxing day we can win that,there hasn’t been a better time to play Chelsea 3rd choice keeper Drog and Terry both out and Man city who are now starting to struggle. I agree Sam needs to realise his best team,play his best players in the right position but sacking him after 5 months is not the answer

  • Cockney Magpie

    Dec 24, 2007 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #19

    but with the players we have we should beconfidentof beating wigan not sayin that we could beat them and we shouldnt have to realy on other teams losing their star player or having a drop in form. I understand that you dont want the sack the manager after 6 months trend to continue because nor do i but id rather that than keep a manager that is doing nothing for the progress of our club just for the sake of the reputation we gained under Fat Fred. We need to wipe the slate clean and let Ash do things his way

  • Mac

    Dec 24, 2007 at 7:39 PM

    Comment #20

    I just don’t think Sam is as bad a manager as people make out. He must have something about him he seems to have the respect of everyone in football. Who would you replace him with???

  • Dragoner

    Dec 24, 2007 at 7:40 PM

    Comment #21

    its no use mac, its like talkin to a brick wall, these lot should be chelsea supporters

    “bring back keegan whinge whinge whinge” get with the times, he is gone!

  • Mac

    Dec 24, 2007 at 7:47 PM

    Comment #22

    Sorry missus was nagging. I wanted to add that he is a proven motivater,he has dealt with problem children such as Campo,Diouf and Anelka,he made Bolton a European side,i mean Bolton,they beat us nearly everytime we played them,teams used to fear going to the Reebok stadium, i was that back at St James,teams now want to come there and play us,that just isn’t acceptable. We have a better team than Bolton ever had we have more money and the best support in the country and arguabely one of the best English managers in the country. We have alot going for us. There are problems that need ironing out i agree but just be patient. If we finish higher than we did last season surely that’s an improvement

  • Cockney Magpie

    Dec 24, 2007 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #23

    all season in fact just last week i was sayin Sam is the right man and we need to give him time but after seeing his tactics against Derby and then saying we stil unbeaten in 4 ive just thought he is not the man to take us forward, we have a naturally attacking side and he is not letting our players play their natural game and he never will. Please dont get me wrong i have always thought he is a great manager but because he is not willing to change his tactics to suit the players he wont succeed here thats all and i think its better to sort that problem out sooner rather than later. Im not one of those that have been calling for his head since day 1 at all but Sam himself has changed my opinion on his skills. Honestly i really do not know who the right man is i just know who it aint! I just hope Mort n Ash have an idea.

  • Cockney Magpie

    Dec 24, 2007 at 7:54 PM

    Comment #24

    I agree that we are improved last year according to our league position, but we are not fulfilling our potential. Bolton are a very different team to us they have alot more defensive minded players so Sams tactics worked there i just do notthink they are going to work here. I hope with all my heart he proves me and many others wrong but i dont think he can. Unless he sells all our good attacking minded players and replaces them with defensive minded players.

  • Dragoner

    Dec 24, 2007 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #25

    mac i feel you and i plus a few others on here share the same beliefs, however the majority on here say nothing but “get sam out, get shearer, get keegan etc etc”

    They are the “just add water to achieve success” fans that have no patience. It is times like this when i wish jose mourinho hadn’t come to the premiership with his instant success effect. Now it seems as though fans expect managers to do something along the same lines as him not realising that these managers are human beings and the majority need time and backing to achieve at the highest level.

    Fair enough the tactics are messed up at the minute, but the first year a manager has should be about experimentation and finding your feet, then the next year you can make the necessary progess. I fear Sam will get the sack due to the “vicious” fans and the process will start all over again

  • Cockney Magpie

    Dec 24, 2007 at 7:58 PM

    Comment #26

    Anyway im jumpin off of the comp to go and have a little bit of “family time” lol. one more thing though a few names have beenrunning around head like Gerard Houllier, Jurgen Kilnsmann, Guus Hiddink, or maybe even give Martin Jol a go i think he has gone way before his time.

  • Cockney Magpie

    Dec 24, 2007 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #27

    Dragoner we are not expecting instant success only that we are moving in the right direction and from what ive seen the only reason we are not falling drasticly is because the takent inour squad has flattered Sam ALOT!

  • Cockney Magpie

    Dec 24, 2007 at 8:00 PM

    Comment #28

    talent in our squad ***

  • Mac

    Dec 24, 2007 at 10:18 PM

    Comment #29

    For the people that want Keegan back,i have to disagree,as much as i used to love going to watch that team play amazing and attacking football week in week out i have to say football has changed an awful lot. If we played like we did when Keegan was manager in the current prem we would lose most weeks by a handful of goals.
    It is painful to watch now but we are playing bad with players in the wrong positions and we’re still 9th with more points than we had at this point last season. We are going to improve and we are gonig to get better under Sam just watch this space

  • Mac

    Dec 24, 2007 at 10:21 PM

    Comment #30

    Sorry something else i wanted to mention,does anyone know if there is a problem with Enrique? Why isn’t he playing? Why is our most expensive defender warming the bench? Keeping our best attacking player down the wrong end of the field,ok rant overe sorry about that

  • ToonKing

    Dec 24, 2007 at 10:59 PM

    Comment #31

    ohh mam this is tooo funny :

    The Special One new Job !!!!

    he even mentioned Ameobi lol hahahhahhaa!!!!

    MUST SEE !!! lmao

  • toslem

    Dec 24, 2007 at 11:02 PM

    Comment #32

    when emre came on we looked a more balanced side i’ve said it before, smith and butt in midfield does not auger well for us. and now it’s looking like barton is not much better in there either.

  • Mac

    Dec 24, 2007 at 11:07 PM

    Comment #33

    I think Barton is gonna be a star he’s just gonna need abit of time. I agree with Emre i haven’t always been his biggest fan but i think we should play him as unfortunately he is our best creative midfielder. I pray we beat Wigan and i pray Sam plays people where they should be played

  • valle

    Dec 24, 2007 at 11:40 PM

    Comment #34

    Cockney Magpie // Dec 24, 2007 at 19:03

    but fergie didnt come in and put the attacking midfielders in defence and their forwards in midfield!

    Perhaps he had more than one crocked left back and a novice foreigner?

    Mac… Keep on the good supporting, dont let all the moaners in here affect u mate. Remember how many bloggers called for Bobby to be sacked when he didnt live up to either this or that?… Chances are that allot of those guys are the same who thinks we can get a super manager in now who can fix everything with a flick of his magic wand and play the players THEY LIKE and in the positions THEY WANT.

  • valle

    Dec 24, 2007 at 11:58 PM

    Comment #35

    “Gerard Houllier, Jurgen Kilnsmann, Guus Hiddink, or maybe even give Martin Jol a go i think he has gone way before his time”

    Surely this is a joke?… Here u are calling for Sams head, and when asked to name his replacement, u come up with 2 managers who got sacked from their EPL jobs because they couldnt deliver after years in charge… One of them managed to get death threats from his own supporters and the other one had his team on a one way ticket to relegation. The other two u mention are way to smart to come to a club where managers get fired after 6 months because the clubs own supporters scream “You dont know what you’re doing” once things arent going the way they hoped as fast as they hoped.

  • subz

    Dec 25, 2007 at 1:10 AM

    Comment #36

    Ed!!! why are my posts getting binned? getting pissed off with it now!!

  • subz

    Dec 25, 2007 at 1:11 AM

    Comment #37


  • Ed Harrison

    Dec 25, 2007 at 1:14 AM

    Comment #38

    subz – I’m not aware of any of your comments being banned – I haven’t stopped any comments from going up for at least 2 weeks. Some are held if they have bad language – that’s all – but I correct them and put then them up 😀

  • Ed Harrison

    Dec 25, 2007 at 1:17 AM

    Comment #39

    subz – your comments are up there – next to the article they were entered under ….. Let me know if you still have a problem.

  • Ross

    Dec 25, 2007 at 2:56 AM

    Comment #40

    toonking, good find mate, that was class.

    i’ll stick behind sam without doubt. sacking him now would be the stupidest thing we could do. lets face it, we dont have a world class replacement sitting waiting to take the job, so why call for his head.
    i get just as frustrated as everyone else when i see players starting out of position, but theres nothing we can do about it.
    sam will play the team the way he feels best, and he’s not gonna get sacked for that.


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