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 â€“ 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.â€ “He does know what he is doing – he proved it for years with Bolton. He did a fantastic job there and rebuilt the club.â€
“I am convinced he will get it right at Newcastle but you have got to give him time to do it his way.â€ “You cannot put your stamp on a club in two or three months. It takes two or three years.â€
“But none of us get the chance to do that. You have to make an impact.â€ “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.â€ “It is freezing cold and they are just wearing black and white strips but it does not matter to them.â€
“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.
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