We heard yesterday that Tony Pulis had told his advisers to end any negotiations with Newcastle about the vacant Newcastle job, because he knows he will not have full control on who comes and who goes at Newcastle.
Steve Bruce – Hull City manager staying put
And now today a bit of a surprise in that Hull City boss Steve Bruce – a Geordie – has also ruled himself out of replacing Alan Pardew as the new Newcastle manager.
Bruce said this today, in his press conference for the game tomorrow at home to Everton:
“People know that I am from Newcastle, I was a Newcastle supporter as a boy and it has been regurgitated since I was a 22-year-old playing for Norwich and Gillingham.”
“For that obvious reason every time I am linked with them. It’s very flattering as I’m a Geordie but that’s it.”
“I have a job to do here and it would be wrong for me to think of anything else other than get this club out of the position we are in and that’s all I am focused on.”
“It would be wrong for the speculation to keep carrying on for the club, for the supporters, for the players.”
“I am determined to see this through and make sure we stay in the Premier League and build on the good work we have done in the last two hand a half years.”
“I have had three offers in the two and a half years I have been here and I have turned them all down so I think the Chairman knows the way I feel and why would I want to leave now?”
“It’s not right, and I hope people respect that.”
So Steve Bruce is in big demand as a manager?
Some managers come out and say they are not interested in a job, when they have absolutely no chance of getting it – but that’s not true with Steve.
But we’ve never thought Steve would make a good Newcastle manager, even when Freddy Shepherd tried to get him to the club over ten years ago, when the Corbridge-born manager was at Birmingham.
That’s after Freddy, in his wisdom, had just fired Sir Bobby Robson because we had only finished 5th in the Premier League, and we didn’t qualify for the Champions League.
Yeah – right – those were the days.
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