Steve Bruce Bemoans The Glass Ceiling

Geordie Steve Bruce has been interviewed in the Guardian today after successfully getting Hull City back to the Premier League at the first attempt, after they were relegated last season.

But they had to do it via the playoffs beating Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 in the final at Wembley.

Hull were the better side in that game, which came just before the Champions League final between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid – a repeat of the 2014 final.

Real won again on penalties after  a 1-1 draw after extra time and yes – you could see the difference in the quality of the play and the players in those two games on Saturday.


Alex and Steve Bruce on Saturday – a family affair

Steve Bruce seems to have an uncertain future at Hull, with the rumors about potential new owners flying around and current owner Assem Allam in poor health.

Here’s some of what Steve has said in the Guardian today:

“There are all these rumors and of course it was a crossroads. If we hadn’t won, I believe it would have been very difficult at the club.”

“I’m going to let other people judge that – whether I’m underappreciated.” “Everywhere I’ve been, I’d like to think I left them in a better position than when I took over.”

“We always dream of a big job but you’re just classed as ‘he’s OK, he can get a team out of the Championship and have them scrap away in the Premier League.'”

“For all the British ones doing their coaching badges or whatever, I’m pleased one of us is back in the Premier League. We all have a go but it’s a shame the big jobs go to the foreign managers.”

“Of course there is a glass ceiling for British managers – look at Sean Dyche at Burnley.”

“We need to try and emulate teams like Swansea and West Brom and make it grow, but it will always be difficult for us to attract players.”

“We’re never going to be the biggest payers and it is difficult to get people to come to us even if we have the money.”

“There is a long road ahead but let’s not talk about the negatives now. Let me enjoy and then do all the worrying.”

“I haven’t asked about money and what’s available. I really don’t know.”

It’s true there are not too many managers in the Premier League at the moment, but after Sir Alex Ferguson retired there doesn’t seem to be too many top British managers around.

Brendan Rodgers did well initially at Liverpool and then tailed off and Tony Pulis, Mark Hughes and Alan Pardew are not of the highest caliber – not compared to the likes of Jose Mourinho, Pep Guardiola, Claudio Ranieri, Jurgen Klopp, Arsene Wenger and of course Rafa Benitez.

Maybe Bournemouth’s young manager Eddie Howe is one of the really bright young English managers at the moment.

It sounds a wee but like sour grapes coming from Steve Bruce about a glass ceiling – and if Newcastle couldn’t have persuaded Rafa Benitez to stay at Newcastle then Steve was said to be the next in line.

Let’s just say we are very pleased we have Rafa Benitez at Newcastle United.

With PL clubs having massive funds in the future, the differentiation between them will come with the size, caliber and history of the club – and who the manager is.

Newcastle are therefore well positioned to do well at the moment – with Rafa Benitez in charge.

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48 comments so far

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    May 30, 2016 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #1

    I aint going to repeat my Euro rant, if any one wants to look at it it on the previous thread.


    May 30, 2016 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #2

    Probably because they all want a job in the biggest league in the world? Why not try looking abroad at clubs and learn about other footballing cultures

  • bettyswallocks

    May 30, 2016 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #3

    Giimps……. Good nickname. All suggestions for Ashley’s darting nickname welcome.

  • Jib

    May 30, 2016 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #4

    Well done Ed Harrison
    Your blog is read by Dutch journos !!!!!
    They seem a bit put out by your comments on Wijnaldum

  • bettyswallocks

    May 30, 2016 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #5

    Well done Jib. Proper little newshound that you are. That was well sniffed out from a man who thinks a polygamist is a parrot with more than one wife.

  • Jib

    May 30, 2016 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #6

    On a bird theme
    Why do I call you Thrush ?

  • bettyswallocks

    May 30, 2016 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #7

    Cos Im an irritating c..t.

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 30, 2016 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #8

    I’ve always found it strange that there are a serious lack of top English managers considering we have the richest FA in the world. They should plough some of their vast profits back in to the game. The British Olympic Association managed to turn team GB into one of the worlds best I can’t see why the FA can’t start producing some home grown top coaches.

  • lesh

    May 30, 2016 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #9

    Repost with apologies for breaking the no politics rule, but I couldn’t let Essex’s post on the previous thread go unanswered.


    Leave Europe and we’ll be blessed with Johnson as PM and if he’s elected, that evil man Trump would make a likely bed-fellow – all supported by a Murdoch controlled media!

    Leave Europe and we can kiss goodbye to any measures beneficial to ordinary working people. Safety, maximum working hours, minimum wages, holiday entitlements all out of the window.

    Be careful what you wish for, it’s not our future voting for, it’s those of younger people.

  • Jib

    May 30, 2016 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #10

    All those hours watching Chubby Royston Vasey weren’t wasted !

  • Thump

    May 30, 2016 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #11

    @lesh: Politics aside – what’s our plan for leaving? I can’t see the big hitters lining up to discuss trade treaties with a country that exports… uh… football?

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    May 30, 2016 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #12


    I.m more than happy to see opposing points of view, I think we are both right and we are both wrong but I doubt if Boris will ever get to be PM no matter the outcome.

    By the way the Clingons have threatened war if we Trexit.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    May 30, 2016 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #13

    I can see Hull, Burnley and Boro being favourites for the drop next season.

  • Hail Wor Ashley

    May 30, 2016 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #14

    Pffffffffft, Leicester, who are they?

  • Ibizatoon

    May 30, 2016 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #15

    Essex…Rather naughty of you.

    The blog has no place for politics. Give peace a chance 🙂

    On thread…I’m not sure what the answer is with regards to British managers. I don’t think it’s as simple as they’re not as fashionable, but the ability is generally lacking.

    Football has moved on and so do British managers. As others have suggested, try moving around to other leagues. Gain experience, knowledge. Just like the best foreign managers have done.

    Failing that, try changing your names to something a little more exotic.

    Steve Brucio?

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 30, 2016 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #16

    Señora Dudafuego

  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    May 30, 2016 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #17


  • Jail for Ashley

    May 30, 2016 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #18

    Hippos Cabeza

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 30, 2016 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #19

    Antonio Paulus and Marcus Hugo

  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    May 30, 2016 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #20

    Hahaha. Hippo heed. He could also be “Grasso Sam” if want to give him an italian twist

  • Ibizatoon

    May 30, 2016 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #21

    Now, take a foreign manager, and give him an English sounding name.

    Not as impressive.

    Maybe it is as simple as British managers aren’t as fashionable.

  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    May 30, 2016 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #22

    Rey Percy

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 30, 2016 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #23

    Joseph Morris 🙁

  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    May 30, 2016 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #24

    Charles Rain?

    Joe Murray?

    Maurice Potts?

  • Jib

    May 30, 2016 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #25

    Forget Jose, what about Rafa?
    With all the attention on José Mourinho at Manchester United, a much more important story has been given short shrift: Rafa Benitez and Newcastle.

    José to United is top top glamour, but it’s just another case of Big Club signs Big Manager. There are a few interesting political and stylistic issues distinct to United, but basically it’s the sort of thing that happens among the elite clubs every couple of years.

    Benitez to Newcastle is very different. Here’s a manager with a Champions’ League trophy on his CV, who was managing Real Madrid less than a year ago, sticking with a club in the second division. That’s just about unprecedented.

    Even more significant is that the impetus came from Newcastle supporters. Rafa had a release clause in his contract, so he could leave if they went down. But the amazing support from the fans, culminating in the final game of the season, when they chanted his name from the opening whistle, convinced him to consider it. After the season ended, he said his “heart” told him to stay.

    And that’s when the most remarkable thing took place. To convince him to stay, Mike Ashley handed him the keys to the kingdom. This was diametrically opposed to Ashley’s long-time stubbornly-held club structure, with his crony Lee Charnley running football operations and the manager a yes-man. Now Benitez will have the final say on transfers, and no player will be sold unless he approves.

    True, it’s not 100 percent about the fans. Benitez has a family in England, so he had other motivation to stay. Ashley is not wholly stupid, and knows that in order to get a piece of the huge Premier League pie, he needs to get back there quickly, whatever it takes.

    But without the deliberate fan drive to woo Benitez, this would never have happened. It’s no exaggeration to say that supporters have been the primary force in completely changing the orientation of their club, almost certainly for the better. Best of all has been listening to Newcastle podcasts since the signing. For years under the Ashley regime, the supporters have sounded grim, defeated, drained. But now they sound alive again, with a manager and club they can love. And that’s headline news no matter where or when.
    Peter G, Pennsylvania, USA (Bravo Hull City AFC!)

  • Ibizatoon

    May 30, 2016 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #26

    But what’s in a name? 🙂

  • bettyswallocks

    May 30, 2016 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #27

    Jib….. If the dove is the bird of peace then the swallow is the bird of true love.

  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    May 30, 2016 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #28

    Ralph Benson?

  • Ibizatoon

    May 30, 2016 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #29

    YCMIU…I don’t fancy Ralph to get us out of the Championship. He ain’t no Rafa, that’s for sure.

  • Jib

    May 30, 2016 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #30

    Apparently Turkeys gobble

  • Mister Tuff

    May 30, 2016 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #31

    Aha bird topics again.
    Jib Jibberish I posted the below a couple of days ago – you must have missed it.

    Mister Tuff // May 28, 2016 at 1:46 PM

    Jib Jibberish – I see that earlier you were venturing into the world of ornithology (this big word means the study of birds).
    As usual you cocked it up by saying martens were flying around – clearly martens are not birds but members of a mammal group mustelids ( includes ferrets,weasels etc).
    You later attempted a recovery by correcting your post with the word martins – which are indeed birds.
    However, I suspect your knowledge on this branch of zoology is limited and have formed a question to test you knowledge.

    Is the creature in the below image :-
    a) a bird or
    b) a mammal

  • Mister Tuff

    May 30, 2016 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #32

    Jib Jibberish another bird question:-

    Mister Tuff // May 28, 2016 at 3:47 PM

    Jib Jibberish.
    Another bird question to test your knowledge.
    It is a bird with black and white feathers-
    a) Is this bird the mascot of NUFC.
    b) Study the image of the bird -do you see anything which is unnatural in the image.

  • outside the box

    May 30, 2016 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #33

    benitez has final say on transfers ..but krull woodman colo dummett anita cisse goufran tiote sammy bigi and vukic are into the last year of contracts and whilst most positions have cover i cannot see penfold being able to shift any deadwood …i hope i am wrong but suspect any incoming will have to be balanced by outgoing …. lets hope first signing is dominant left sided centre back we have only been waiting for 3 year

  • Munster Mag

    May 30, 2016 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #34

    Apart from his seeming reluctance to throw out serial underachievers on the playing and coaching staff ( why is beardo still on our payroll???) , my other concern with rafa is that his obsession with defensive shape etc will cost us points away from home against teams we should be attacking and beating, irrespective of whether we are playing away from home. Just vocalising it chaps. Rafalution? Quiet evolution so far. How crap does a coach have to be at newcastle to get the boot? How many bad buys does a scout need? Is rafa keeping his transfer money in the bank because he thinks our shrirkers will get us up?

  • welshgeordie9

    May 30, 2016 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #35

    Mister Tuff AKA David Attenborough.

    What’s the difference between an African Elephant to an Indian Elephant.

    No cheating and looking on Google.

  • Ibizatoon

    May 30, 2016 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #36

    Munster…You dare question the new look NUFC? Off with your head!

    Some decent questions in there. Only time will tell.

    I remember the feeling of a fair few fans last summer was that we hadn’t done enough to shake the losing mentality of the season before. I am concerned that just adding Rafa wont be enough either. However, I do note that the teams fight did improve in those last 6 games. Was it Rafa, was it playing for a move?

    Whilst the Rafalution may be getting a little ahead of itself, it’s certainly more justified than any other new dawns we’ve had the past decade. I’m for once, fairly relaxed and have some faith. What a novelty.

  • Ibizatoon

    May 30, 2016 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #37

    Welsh…That’s easy. Their accent.

  • wolfshead@toon

    May 30, 2016 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #38

    why not call jib jibberish as it is actually spelt with a g

  • bettyswallocks

    May 30, 2016 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #39

    Why did the Welsh chicken cross the road, roll in some mud and then cross back again? Because it was a dirty double-crosser.

  • Mister Tuff

    May 30, 2016 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #40

    wolf – aware of the correct spelling of gibberish – in some circles as an alternative form a j is used – not strictly correct I know.
    However, using the erroneous word -fits in very well – into Jib’s name and “form” on the blog.


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