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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

  • Rotonda heights

    Aug 10, 2019 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #41

    These buys who certainly weren’t Bruces would have been great under an Arteta or Viera but under a reductive long baller like Bruce, not so much.

  • toon22

    Aug 10, 2019 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #42

    Yep mindshaft

    All of them knocking the protest , bigging up the traitor and defending Jabba

    It’s their job to smooth over the shambles Jabba has our club in

  • WLtoon

    Aug 10, 2019 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #43


    You would think that Bruce being such a good CB would have a decent record with his teams defensively, but he seems to have forgotten how to defend. i just hope we can score more than we concede or its squeaky bum time again.

  • Munster Mag

    Aug 10, 2019 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #44

    Rotunda I havent heard or seen any evidence of long ball football in pre season, or are u falling back on stereotypes? Did you think benitez played good football. Did you see everton v nufc under fat sam? Verh similar. Make your own judgement stop followingthe herd.

  • Mindshaft

    Aug 10, 2019 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #45

    So for the happy clappers …
    We have the best squad in years ,
    Bruce knows how to get the best out of them , we’ll play better football ..
    we’ve got our local hero back who can keep like a gazelle, bully defenders and score a ton of goals

    We’ve spent more money but it’s interesting to note that no other clubs were interested or made a bid for our signings – on the fence until we see them against arsenal (TV), Norwich (Live)
    Bruce is old school , we’ll see after a few games what tactics he employs ( albeit he’s not known for tactics)
    Not sure if better football means more goals conceded – on the fence
    Carroll is a crock who won’t start until end September or Winter in Bruce’s words , he was never fast but us even slower now, scored 3 goals in last 2 seasons, 60k a week ffs

  • Mindshaft

    Aug 10, 2019 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #46

    I’m still going for swim against a poor arsenal side already weakened by injuries and missing players

  • Munster Mag

    Aug 10, 2019 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #47

    And rotunda, as with rafa I will critjque as I see fit, without the fawning bias that was the vernacular with benitez. If bruce is crap I will say. Rafa must have had the longest honeymoon in football.

  • WLtoon

    Aug 10, 2019 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #48


    i wish we had that POOR Arsenal side, cricky. or are you being sarcy ? lol

  • the ledge

    Aug 10, 2019 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #49

    Now muster if Bruce is crap !!!!!
    He is crap .

  • IrishRob

    Aug 10, 2019 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #50

    Binny IN THIS ISNSTANCE I have a feeling I know who’s lying, but I’m not gonna answer a question on here that I’ll get slated for.


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