Neil reported earlier today that it looks like Newcastle have paid Sheffield Wednesday £4m for the services of Steve Bruce., with news that he has now resigned from the Owls.
So becasue of poor foresight and management from the Newcastle owner we have to pay a Championship club £4M for their Championship class manager to replace world-class manager Rafa Benitez.
Mike Ashley refused for three years to give Rafa enough transfer money to build a good team on Tyneside and refused to meet his demands to stay.
So this is where we have ended up.
But just like back in 20015 when we didn’t have a manager expect Ashley to spend the money in the transfer window – maybe to spite Rafa?
Ashley is not logical in what he does, and he’s a very dangerous owner of a football club.
We just hope that whoever comes in, Bruce can get the best out of them as Rafa did.
The only way to salvation for this club is to somehow get this unscrupulous owner out of the club.
He’s a cancer on Newcastle.
You can quote me on that!
Steve Bruce – almost certain to become Newcastle manager now
OK – so I’ve said all that before and if Steve Bruce comes in we will support him and the players.
Because he’s the manager and we will support any Newcastle manager and our players – it’s as simple as that.
It’s Ashley we want out, and new owners will be able to resurrect the club with a much better and more expensive manager in place – plus more talented players than we have.
That’s what Rafa was trying to do but the one man who was stopping him was the owner.
Bruce has a second class Premier League record, but it will not do any good at all to immediately get at him like fans did against Alan Pardew.
We now realize after the Benitez tenure – that Pardew didn’t have much say at all in anything at Newcastle.
He did the best he could with the players he was given.
It will be much the same with Steve Bruce, but he a good man-manager and puts up with no nonsense from players.
And like Pardew before him, it will be the biggest and most famous club he will ever manage.
That was not true for Rafa, and he brilliantly got the fans and the City behind the football club.
Bruce is a Geordie and turned down his first chance to manage the club when Freddy Shepherd wanted him to replace Sir Bobby Robson back in August 2004.
But Bruce had just signed a five-year contract with Birmingham City, and his release clause (compensation to Brum) was £5m.
That’s interesting in itself.
Anyway, this summer saga – one of the worst at Newcastle for decades – will hopefully soon be over (a little bit) with at least a manager in place.
Whoever the manager is he needs to sign some players and also persuade the likes of Martin Dubravka, Fabian Schar and even Isaac Hayden to stay at the club.
If Bruce can do that he will have made a good start to his Newcastle career.
And we will hope and pray that somebody can come in and quickly buy the club from the owner.
He deserves to be kicked out of the club.
He’s earned it.
We need Newcastle United FC resurrected – that’s all I am hoping for now – plus that we can survive relegation this season.
Those goals are a lot different than they were on May 12th.