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Report – Steve Bruce Will Have Breathing Room Even With A Poor Start


The Chronicle are reporting that Steve Bruce will be backed to start the season even if early results do not go well.

The Newcastle hierarchy seems to want to give Steve some assurances that they will not make any rash decisions in the short term as they understand the start to Newcastle’s season could be a tough one.

A look through Newcastle’s first few months of the season shows a real daunting string of fixtures.

Of course last year, Newcastle went through the first ten games of the season without tasting victory. They amassed just 3 points from 30 before being able to turn it around with 3 consecutive wins.

Of course, then we had Rafa Benitez and we had some faith that he could get us out of trouble, which he was eventually able to do.

The scenario that we would find terrifying is the one from four years ago under Steve McClaren when we started with just 3 points out of a possible 24 before a resounding 6-2 thrashing of Norwich.

However, McClaren could never get the squad to perform consistently and a lack of resolve from the Newcastle hierarchy to replace the floundering coach cost Newcastle dearly in the long run.

Steve Bruce– will be given time to get it right

There are similarities to that year to be drawn with this team for sure. However, there are stark contrasts as well. This team is built very differently from the one that suffered relegated.

This team has a foundation and a group of leaders that the 2015/16 one lacked. This team still has its core intact from last year. It was a core that never gave up and always had the desire to fight for the shirt.

This team has a captain in Jamaal Lascelles who famously gave his verdict of the 2015/16 squad’s attitude to Steve McClaren after he was sent off at Goodison Park. Nobody seemed to care. That man is the captain now and he will play a big role in keeping the lads focused even if the start is poor.

Since Steve Bruce has come in he has given the club back the stability it lost when Benitez left. He has hopefully seen that the foundation for success is already here and that all he has to do is build upon it.

However, Bruce knows the name of the game is results. He will have to get them. Newcastle will not risk relegation this time around. If this squad is in a relegation battle by Christmas, then we think Ashley and Charnely will act.

We do believe he will be given at least the first half of the season to make his mark. Whether that ends up being a mistake remains to be seen.

Though, we just don’t know what to expect right now. The start to this season is a mystery. We may end up doing much better than anyone could imagine or we may struggle. At this point, we just don’t know.


50 comments so far

  • IrishRob

    Aug 10, 2019 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #1

    Lock horns, I push and I strive,
    Some how I feel more alive,
    Bury the need for it,
    Bury the seed,
    Bury me deep when there’s no will to be.

    Better than you,
    Better than you,
    Better than you,
    Better than you.

    1
  • IrishRob

    Aug 10, 2019 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #2

    Let’s all sing together, Better than Youuuuuuu……

    0
  • Bills Son Is Back

    Aug 10, 2019 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #3

    I’ve defo got one undisputed record on this blog.

    And that is making the last post on the previous thread while a new one has just gone up.

    0
  • Binney

    Aug 10, 2019 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #4

    If you hate Mike Ashley heart this post

    92
  • Mindshaft

    Aug 10, 2019 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #5

    Bills – I think I might challenge you on that one – I’m always missing the bus 🙂

    0
  • Mindshaft

    Aug 10, 2019 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #6

    Anyway, here’s hoping for a win tomorrow and the new lads up front getting a goal each – miggy really needs to get amongst the goals this season as we’re going to need to improve on our goals scored this season – great opportunity to start the season well against a weakened arsenal side who are no better than a top 6 at best

    0
  • Ron Knee

    Aug 10, 2019 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #7

    P.S. There is no Dubai takeover and several sources have suggested there never was once it became apparent, to those inside the club, that the group’s motivation for publicity was, well, publicity. A takeover will happen one day and we won’t know anything about it. Until then, file it all under fabrication, falsehood and fantasy. (Craig Hope)

    That isn’t what Ashley said.

    6
  • davo

    Aug 10, 2019 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #8

    Munster
    Not naive at all, bang on the money.

    3
  • clinath@ed

    Aug 10, 2019 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #9

    12 points from the first 13 games is do-able(?) not great, but…..

    1
  • posada

    Aug 10, 2019 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #10

    If they were so rich why were they not prepared to pay an extra 10 million.
    That’s what he said in that interview.
    Telling.
    Implies there was an offer.
    Implies they were nearly there.
    Why didnt you take 10 million less you knacker. You lost 30 times that pouring money into bombed out retail shops.

    16
  • Trent1211

    Aug 10, 2019 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #11

    Sick of the Rafa debate being binary. It isn’t. Yes he had his turned by massive money, yes he’s undoubtedly a nightmare for those holding the purse strings always wanting more and have all decision making rest with him (ambition and pride from somebody who knows what he’s doing than Lee Chimpanzee), yes he’s cold and aloof with players BUT he’s a proven winner who produced the most organised, disciplined, hard working teams I’ve seen in black and white and you back him to the hilt on his track record. Jib you keep putting in snide remarks about him but he is the best manager we could possibly have had. Anybody who has any shred of positivity about Bruce effectively surrenders their ability to be taken seriously on all matters football related.

    31
  • Trent1211

    Aug 10, 2019 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #12

    *head turned

    2
  • Bruce

    Aug 10, 2019 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #13

    In Bruce we trust.

    1
  • IrishRob

    Aug 10, 2019 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #14

    This is a great read on Ashley, it’s almost like they are laughing at him. People outside of Newcastle are starting to realise hes a kunt.

    https://www.bloomberg.com/amp/opinion/articles/2019-08-09/sports-direct-billionaire-mike-ashley-spins-out-of-control

    12
  • Moonraker15

    Aug 10, 2019 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #15

    There’s nowt like planning for failure!
    “Bruce will have breathing space even with a poor start”!
    He won’t get as much as Rafa! The “fans” will turn on him.
    Why even mention a poor start?

    9
  • Tony Baloney

    Aug 10, 2019 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #16

    If you want the real vitriol to start from the Confederacy of Dunces then maybe I should chip in LOL. Cover your ears though because the profanities will start to fly.

    Obviously, in the next few minutes I will be accused of being a Munster or Billson ALT by a certain green amphibian. Maybe a Jib alt if he turns up.

    Anybody who disagrees is a shill.

    2
  • one fine day

    Aug 10, 2019 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #17

    If bills son is back shits you to tears like this post ?

    14
  • Bruce

    Aug 10, 2019 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #18

    If Bruce gets Gayle and Muto banging the goals in then that will prove how rubbish Rafa was when getting the best out of players.

    2
  • AncientC

    Aug 10, 2019 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #19

    Unbelievable that there are two people on 43 points in the FF league: already. One game into the season and I have already given up hope of winning the FF league. Oh well, maybe next year.

    1
  • Bruce

    Aug 10, 2019 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #20

    So Rafa gets all the time in the world but Bruce might not, shouldn’t it be the other way round as he supposed to be a world class coach.

    2
  • IrishRob

    Aug 10, 2019 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #21

    Ron knew, confirming what I’ve been saying for months. That BZG are snakes who were just after publicity. I remember I was laughed at for such a notion and told by the likes of Dubai Mickey that they have honour and respect and would never do a think like that or lie, that their reputation is more important.

    Guess who was right as usual!!

    4
  • IrishRob

    Aug 10, 2019 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #22

    Ron knee*

    0
  • Bruce

    Aug 10, 2019 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #23

    Hope Bruce proves people wrong, don’t have to be a world class manager.

    1
  • the ledge

    Aug 10, 2019 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #24

    Bruce#20 Go play with your dolls lad your sounding silly .
    That’s a good!

    8
  • the ledge

    Aug 10, 2019 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #25

    Chap

    1
  • Bruce

    Aug 10, 2019 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #26

    Why, speaking the truth, why should he get the special treatment.

    0
  • count

    Aug 10, 2019 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #27

    What the fck did Tony just say? A load of sh¡te for a change?

    2
  • Ron Knee

    Aug 10, 2019 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #28

    @21

    So you think a journalist knows more about the takeover than one of the parties involved?

    2
  • toon22

    Aug 10, 2019 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #29

    Munster and his alts on their 24/7 defence of Jabba

    PR at it’s worst

    Hahahahaha

    9
  • toon22

    Aug 10, 2019 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #30

    Munster

    Funny how both you and Jabba hated Rafa

    LoL

    7
  • lochinvar

    Aug 10, 2019 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #31

    Come on Neil, don’t make with the negative waves

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ncbEucjsNFU

    Top by bonfire night

    1
  • IrishRob

    Aug 10, 2019 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #32

    @28….. I think anyone who uses logic, common sense and is not easily fooled by words, knows EXACTLY what went on!!

    1
  • Rotonda heights

    Aug 10, 2019 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #33

    Munster

    ” a clever new manager who is working harder on fitness than his predecessor”

    Will you ever b—-y let it go. Never ending sly digs, he’s gone ffs and you’re still knifing the guy.

    Will be interesting to see if we get more injuries with Bruce and his ” harder training”

    Well Rafa may be gone but look at the things he has implemented with the attention to youth finally taking place, loan managers etc and other basic fundamental issues that other professionally run clubs take for granted but needed to be painstakingly pointed out to the fat man.

    14
  • Binney

    Aug 10, 2019 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #34

    Rob, are you more inclined to believe Ashley over BZG? Or any over party who has tried to buy us?

    7
  • WLtoon

    Aug 10, 2019 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #35

    Bruce@23.
    i think we all hope Bruce proves people wrong but when you look at his prem record the odds are seriously against it im afraid

    6
  • Rotonda heights

    Aug 10, 2019 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #36

    irish Bob

    ”Guess who was right as usual!!”

    Not really a win friends and influence people comment there.

    8
  • Rotonda heights

    Aug 10, 2019 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #37

    WLtoon

    The most scary thing is Bruce’s minus goal difference is off the scale.

    4
  • Binney

    Aug 10, 2019 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #38

    Other

    0
  • Mindshaft

    Aug 10, 2019 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #39

    Clearly a lot of Alts on the blog today – pretty sad really

    7
  • toon22

    Aug 10, 2019 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #40

    The traitor stats say he’s got a goal difference of -130 in the prem

    6

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