Steve Bruce was born and bred in Newcastle and is therefore a Newcastle fan who currently manages Sunderland.
Steve Bruce – Sunderland manager praises Chris Hughton
Steve is currently building up a fairly decent Sunderland side, and proof of that is that Sunderland are now in 13th position, and that’s after a disastrous stretch over the winter months when they could hardly get any points.
Bruce thinks Newcastle now have a better side than the one that was relegated last season from the Premiership, as he said today:
“For me, they have a better team now than they did 12 months ago,” “Maybe not on paper to look at, but certainly in spirit.”
“They have shown a togetherness and a spirit which bodes well for the future. It is the manager who deserves a lot of credit for that because he has nurtured it and channelled it in the right way.”
“For all the madness that surrounded him when he took the job last summer, he has shown a calm head to steer them through it all. He has done remarkably well because it won’t have been easy.”
Most Newcastle fans are still coming to terms with just how well Chris Hughton has done at Newcastle over the last 10 months, and the fact he has all the players 100% behind him, certainly bodes well for the future.
We may have lost supposedly good players in Owen, Viduka, Duff, Beye and Bassong, but the first three of those players were nearly always injured, and certainly never played to their full potential on Tyneside, and certainly didn’t earn the huge wages they received.
“I rate the job he has done extremely highly. He has shown fantastic humility and he has been exactly what he is.”
“We all know him as a genuinely nice man and it’s good to see, sometimes, a nice man getting recognition for what they have done.”
“The job he has done is fantastic if you think of the turmoil they were in 12 months ago, if you think that they got beat 6-1 against Leyton Orient in July as part of pre-season.”
“However he has galvanised them and he has done it very well. To be fair, they have got a group of players there which stands them in good stead for next season when they are back in the Premier League.”
If the team can show the same fight and spirit next season against the big boys, which we have to think they will, we can pick up a lot of points from the bottom 10 sides in the Premiership.
And of course that has to include Sunderland – so there’s 6 points right there. 😀