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Steve Bruce Responds To “Big Friend” Alan Shearer And His Role In Transfers

Speaking at the press conference for tomorrow’s Premier League Asia Trophy match against West Ham, Steve Bruce responded to some of the criticism he has received since taking the Newcastle head coach position

The Shields Gazette’s Miles Starforth has reported on some of those comments and specifically Steve’s response to his friend Alan Shearer’s column in the Sun earlier this week.

This is what Alan had written a few days ago about his conversation with Steve Bruce three weeks prior:

My advice to him that night was simple: “No, no, no, don’t take it.”

I said: “Why are you going to be any different to Keegan or Benitez? If you take it, you must be mad because you know how it works there.”

But Steve is his own man and I respect that. I can’t tell him what to do, even though he is a good friend of mine.

He was not Newcastle’s first choice to replace Rafa. He might not even have been their second, third or fourth pick.

It looks more like he could have been the last man standing — and Newcastle just knew he would probably take the job because he has always wanted it.

This is what Miles Starforth has compiled in his report on Steve’s reaction to the comments by Alan Shearer:

“Alan’s a big, big friend of mine, and he’s welcome to his opinions. I understand the challenge that lays ahead. I’m not everybody’s cup of tea and I’m not Rafa Benitez.

“However, I’m confident enough in my experience, and the people I’ve brought in, that we can continue to take the club forward.”

One thing we notice is that Steve Bruce really does understand that he is not a popular choice to replace Rafa Benitez. He has made that clear today as well as in his interview with NUFC TV yesterday.

Steve seems determined to be successful and keeps talking about pushing the club forward. His appointment is widely believed to be a big step backward.

It seems the club are aware of this public impression and are trying to combat this image.

Here are two responses by both Paul Dummet, who also attended the press conference, as well as Steve Bruce on pushing the club forward.

He certainly has his work cut out for him but he is going to have to have a successful transfer window to be able to do this.

This is what Steve Bruce has said in regards to transfers as tweeted by Sean McCormick of the Chronicle.

We’re sure he will have some input on transfers but we doubt he will have the final say. He has been appointed as “head coach” and not manager which is a crucial distinction.

However, Steve will have some contacts and may be able to assist in getting the right players in. Let’s hope they can make some big moves in the transfer market over the next few weeks.

2 comments so far

  • Mund

    Jul 19, 2019 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #1

    Tony you are such a bore fest mate I really actually worry about what state of mind you are in it’s obvious you have some mental problems and there’s plenty of places that could help you with that. The time is now mate the world accepts mental health has a genuine problem and everybody is speaking out now.

    Or correct me if I’m wrong this whole anger on the blog thing is down to if I remember rightly down to a gf/wife/bit on the side leaving you and your total BS behind realising what a complete and utter bellend you are. There’s plenty of ways out there for comfort you just got to look. Life could still be happy for you Mr Baloney.

  • Munster Mag

    Jul 19, 2019 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #2

    Mental health? Baloney has been steaming into everyone but Toon22 has been repeating himself like a patient is a nursing home for what seems like eternity! Hiya Jib! Good morning kba! Good morning NY Mag, shill usa! Whatevs.


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