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
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.
Bruce: “The most important thing is to keep the club moving forward. Over the last couple of years it’s established itself in the @premierleague – that’s got to be a given – and my job is to try and follow and keep improving. That’s what my aim will be.”#NUFC #PLAsiaTrophy pic.twitter.com/sbaU3cpkmQ
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) July 19, 2019
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.
— Sean McCormick (@S_McCormick95) July 19, 2019
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.