Steve Bruce knows all about what it’s like to support Newcastle United – he grew up in Newcastle like a lot of us supporting the lads – and of course he did spend a difficult time managing Sunderland, from 2009-2011, before he was fired.
Steve Bruce – Hull City manager’s blast at north-east media
The Corbridge-born 53 year-old is now at Hull City, and it’s the eighth club he has managed in his management career, and he has lambasted the media in the north-east before tomorrows game by saying this:
“It’s a difficult place to manage. But we have to try and take advantage of that, of course we do. We have to be mercenary enough to try and do that.¨
“The other stuff is not enjoyable to watch from afar. Over the years he’s done a decent job has Alan, but I think that’s the nature of the beast, especially in the North East.¨ “We all understand it’s a results-based business but some of the nonsense that goes with it, I have to say, is ridiculous.¨
“Unfortunately, the way social media is and the way the media is up there, there’s a huge appetite for what we call nonsense.¨ “It comes with the territory but you have to say in the North East it seems to quadruple.¨
“When there’s a crisis, there’s a crisis, and I suppose that comes from the huge support they have got.”
Steve’s tenure at Sunderland was 30 months from May, 2009, and it was shorter than the tenure of Alan Pardew at Newcastle.
Alan was appointed in early December 2010, when he took over from the fired Chris Hughton – so he has been in the job just a couple of months short of four years – but the situation is somewhat similar now to when Steve Bruce was fired at Sunderland.
There was also intense criticism of Steve’s record at Sunderland near the end of his tenure, and we suppose Steve can empathise with what’s going on with Pardew at Newcastle these days.
There will be demonstrations against Alan Pardew during tomorrow’s game, and Fabricio Coloccini has come out as captain and asked the fans to support the team from the first whistle tomorrow – so we’ll just have to see what happens.
But there have always been recurring crises at Newcastle, it’s part of the territory as Bruce says, and it’s caused by the passionate fans – who will not take mediocrity as a norm at Newcastle United.
That’s one way to describe what’s happening right now – but even if Newcastle do fire Alan Pardew, the real cause of the mediocrity we are seeing at Newcastle is down to owner Mike Ashley.
The owner is at the core of the problem – because Mike just doesn’t have the necessary ambition to propel Newcastle forward to being one of the best teams in England.
Newcastle are bottom of the league, having taken only 2 points from our first four league games, and with two very poor performances in the last couple of games, it’s hard to say whether things will have improved tomorrow at 5:00pm.
Fans don’t seem too confident of taking much out of this game.
What do you think?
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