The Way The Media Is – There’s A Huge Appetite For Nonsense


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.

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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.

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64 comments so far

  • lesh

    Sep 19, 2014 at 9:22 PM

    Comment #1

    Breaking news – I’ve heard a whisper that Jesper’s in talks with Ashley.

    Look out for him in the directors’ box tomorrow.

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Sep 19, 2014 at 9:25 PM

    Comment #2

    Ol’ Brucie Bullneck there.

    You’ll see the result of what happens if you consistently lie, deceive and play a negative brand of football very poorly over the course of many months.

    I genuinely cannot wait for tomorrow.

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  • RUNAWAY777

    Sep 19, 2014 at 9:26 PM

    Comment #3

    tell Fabricio Coloccini to f/off hes been so poor for a long time now.

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  • Belfast

    Sep 19, 2014 at 9:27 PM

    Comment #4

    Is this the jesper you’re referring to Lesh ?

    http://i1240.photobucket.com/albums/gg497/findjesper/NewSkitch_zps3110ded4.jpg

    Get in touch

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  • Thump

    Sep 19, 2014 at 9:30 PM

    Comment #5

    Trust me, Brucey, you just have to break up play in the midfield and Pardew will drop one right there on the touchline and hail you as a tactical genius.

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  • Belfast

    Sep 19, 2014 at 9:34 PM

    Comment #7

    Hull are 13/5 tomorrow

    I have a feeling we’ll probably win though, and Percy will be talking about how we’ve turned the corner

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 19, 2014 at 9:37 PM

    Comment #8

    I hope that’s the touchline dancing Captain Pugwash talking himself out of a job up here !

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  • lesh

    Sep 19, 2014 at 9:43 PM

    Comment #9
  • Belfast

    Sep 19, 2014 at 9:44 PM

    Comment #10

    He done a good job for one season in my opinion.

    The rest of it’s been pretty shit. A complete disaster at times.

    Still don’t have a clue why Hughton was sacked and he was brought in. It certainly wasn’t football related.

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  • Belfast

    Sep 19, 2014 at 9:46 PM

    Comment #11

    Good first half of last season as well to be fair to him.

    Completely forgot about that because the second half was a complete disaster

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  • Offkey

    Sep 19, 2014 at 9:46 PM

    Comment #12

    Dont know if this has been put up yet but it is Durham and Quinn on talksport laying into Pardew. Put up on sack pardew youtube page.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZvN2QJJXiZg

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  • Offkey

    Sep 19, 2014 at 9:47 PM

    Comment #13

    They are spot on as well

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  • headtheball

    Sep 19, 2014 at 9:49 PM

    Comment #14

    Will Alan Pardue be best remembered by NUFC fans as:
    An ex player
    An ex manager
    or
    An ex crement
    HWTL

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 19, 2014 at 9:52 PM

    Comment #15

    When MAoc launched their campaigns last year, firstly against Lpool in an admirable 2-2 with the march then with the leaflet campaign which resulted in an excellent 2-0 win against Chelsea which turned our (first half) season, they didnt get any credit for that, if we win tomorrow it will be too late to deny the protest hasn’t had an affect, afterall, the last show of disaproval resulted in a 3-0
    win, it is too late for Alan Pardew and only a streak of about eight wins in a row might claw any respect from the fans back, start making some noise tomorrow.

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  • Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund

    Sep 19, 2014 at 9:58 PM

    Comment #16

    I’ve got the feeling we’ll win tomorrow. Pardew has an uncanny knack to nick points just as you think he’s a goner. I will be fuming though if he tries to brush it all under the rug if it happens though. All it takes is another couple of losses and he’ll be right under the guillotine again though thankfully.

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  • nico

    Sep 19, 2014 at 10:03 PM

    Comment #17

    I find it hard to believe how many people actually think we will lose tomorrow. I will be at the game tomorrow and I won’t be amused if people near me are protesting. Just go and support your team. I think there may be trouble at the game tomorrow.

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  • nico

    Sep 19, 2014 at 10:04 PM

    Comment #18

    Look at the players we have now. The best manager in the world would find it hard to win many games. That’s not Pardew’s fault.

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  • TemurisBaldyBonce

    Sep 19, 2014 at 10:06 PM

    Comment #19

    A self-referential headline! I like this place more now 🙂

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  • Tsunki

    Sep 19, 2014 at 10:10 PM

    Comment #20

    For those who put forward Oversize Brucie as our next manager, remember this guy who turned us down but jumped at the mackem job is a geordie traitor. Simple as that. And by slagging off the people of the northeast for losing his cushy megapounds job simply because he was essentially second rate, he demonstrates exactly why he is the wearyside answer to Pardew. Remember this well.

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  • Tsunki

    Sep 19, 2014 at 10:11 PM

    Comment #21

    Nico it has more to do with our form versus hulls than to do with pessimism and protest

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  • nico

    Sep 19, 2014 at 10:13 PM

    Comment #22

    Seriously who will we get as manager if Pardew goes? Scares me just thinking about it.

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  • Tsunki

    Sep 19, 2014 at 10:14 PM

    Comment #23

    Why nico? Who would be worse?

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  • Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund

    Sep 19, 2014 at 10:15 PM

    Comment #24

    We have a lot of internationals vs Hull’s few, we should be winning this game at home. At least with Pardew gone we could get someone who doesn’t talk utter shite all of the time. Or someone who isn’t entirely unlikeable. Maybe even someone who can coach a team and find a working tactic.

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  • banjax

    Sep 19, 2014 at 10:19 PM

    Comment #25

    Of course Managers will say that – blame the media, the supporters and anything else that deflects blame away from their shortcomings. AP is one such manager who has had lots of time and dare I say money to make Newcastle a success on the pitch and let’s not forget he gets well paid for his failure. Most of us would jump at the chance to manage a club like ours for nothing ! The worry of not taking the decision to sack AP is the clock winding down on the chances of saving the club from relegation. He has’nt performed to his contract and worse, he has tarnished the reputation of our club with his violent behaviour and his abusive language to fellow managers. Add to that his blame of supporters cheering or jeering (take your pick) for the team performance. Blaming someone else used to be the refuge of a scoundrel – now it appears it is that of a football manager !

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  • Tsunki

    Sep 19, 2014 at 10:22 PM

    Comment #26

    I find it fascinating how the media can overlook the sheer weight of evidence against Pardews results and accuse the Geordie fans of being delusional and expecting too much. We have demonstrated a patience and forbearing that I can imagine no other fanbase would. Weve tolerated Parew being the second longest serving manager in the PL, with an abysmal record to boot.

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  • Tsunki

    Sep 19, 2014 at 10:25 PM

    Comment #27

    Banjax – too right. If I was being paid millions and did a crap job, knowing Id be paid up on my entire contract if sacked, I would be a very happy man. The arrogance of goons like Pardew and Bruce to blame the fans for undue pressure is staggering.

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  • stuart no9

    Sep 19, 2014 at 10:27 PM

    Comment #28

    nico—— if there is trouble at the game tomoprrow it will be the pro pardew brigade who start it. if they dont like what is going to happen tomorrow- instead of going , stay away.

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  • stuart no9

    Sep 19, 2014 at 10:33 PM

    Comment #29

    nico @ 22—————”Seriously who will we get as manager if Pardew goes? Scares me just thinking about it.———.what we dont want nico is someone with a worse record than pardew. i cant think of one – can you ?

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  • damma99

    Sep 19, 2014 at 10:34 PM

    Comment #30

    Sick of these Pardew supporters.F==k off.

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  • Belfast

    Sep 19, 2014 at 10:38 PM

    Comment #31

    I used to think the same at one point nico. Can’t see anybody being worse than Pardew now though

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  • dave 1961

    Sep 19, 2014 at 10:52 PM

    Comment #32

    Well i had to have the night in as I’m helping the lads at Sackpardew.com dishing out the A4’s so if you hear that someone get’s a broken jaw before the game tomorrow they obviously did not learn to button it, if you don’t want one just say no thanks any lip and its a broken jaw, and it wont be mine. and its not true that i had a few tonight to celebrate the banishment of the odious one, but it is true i have a bottle of champers on ice, and i do have a bottle of Dom Perignon just in case he take the fat controller with him. sorry i can’t share it with you lads but when the glorious day arrives i will post a picture. James bond would be proud.

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  • stan anderson

    Sep 19, 2014 at 10:55 PM

    Comment #34

    Bruce should bare in mind that the N/E has had very little success in the last 50 years.
    We have supporters as good if not better than any.
    Do we not deserve a sniff of a trophy of any description.
    All we want is to compete for trophies and try to win.
    Can you wonder why we get pi–ed off with our lack of ambition.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Sep 19, 2014 at 10:56 PM

    Comment #35

    i would bring in David O’Leary he was quality when he was a manager of Leeds United, they had quality players.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 19, 2014 at 10:59 PM

    Comment #36

    Tsunki,
    I was for awhile an advocate for who could be worse, that was when the football was dire and results were steady-ish, the situation we face now is as you asked, who on Earth could possibly do worse.

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Sep 19, 2014 at 11:01 PM

    Comment #37

    Nico, the anti-Pardew protesters are actually trying to make a change. Not clap like seals in the name of blind faith only for us to keep being humiliated week after week like we have been doing.

    The standard of management and coaching is nothing short of abysmal and it needs highlighting that it is unacceptable.

    It’s not good enough. Short term pain for long term gain. He should never had got the job in the first place.

    You’ll find there are a lot of people protesting, but like the Cardiff game, it’ll be pro team chant followed by anti regime chant.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Sep 19, 2014 at 11:04 PM

    Comment #38

    let me see you could do worse

    Sam Allardyce
    Graeme Souness
    Joe Kinnear

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  • welshgeordie9

    Sep 19, 2014 at 11:07 PM

    Comment #39

    Would these be better

    Chas and Dave
    Sooty and Sweep
    Cannon and Ball
    Hale and Pace
    Chuckle Brothers
    Grant and Phil

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 19, 2014 at 11:09 PM

    Comment #40

    Micky Adams would be an all time low !

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