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Report – Steve Bruce Is Stunned By Criticism Of Some Supporters

Steve Bruce has repeatedly said that he wanted to be judged by results as Newcastle manager. He has admitted that he knows he is not Rafa Benitez, and how hard it will be to replace the very popular Spaniard on Tyneside. However, he has implored the fans to judge him by the results on the pitch.

This past performance at Norwich, while only being the second game of the season, was so poor that Bruce’s already short leash has been tightened even more. The chaotic final thirty minutes of the opener to Arsenal had already set off a mini-storm amongst some supporters.

However, there were positives to take from Arsenal. Even the most cynical among us could point to the first twenty-five minutes against the Gunners and see there was something there.

There was nothing positive about Norwich. It was a display that Steve Bruce could ill-afford, even this early in the season.

Bruce was an underwhelming choice and his appointment has been met with a lot of disdain from many fans. However, Bruce came to the club in mid-July and made some positive strides. Most of all was keeping players like Isaac Hayden, Sean Longstaff, and Martin Dubravka at the club.

The players did their part as well as they praised their new manager’s impact, and everyone was in tandem about moving forward. Then came Lee Charnley’s digs at Rafa Benitez on the morning of the Arsenal game. That stirred the dust that had settled for some fans.

Steve Bruce– must make the most of his dream job

The Arsenal performance was what is was. A decent display though with some pitfalls, especially with the Jetro Willems introduction which saw a week of questions about Bruce’s abilities as a manager resurface after decent enough pre-season performances.

Then again, Lee Charnley stirred the dust with more veiled digs at the former manager. This has kept many Newcastle supporters wound up and ready to spring at the slightest provocation.

Well, the performance at Norwich was not a slight provocation. It was a full-on bludgeoning to Newcastle supporters and what little faith many had in Steve Bruce. He got it all wrong at Carrow Road. The performance of the players did absolutely nothing to give their manager any sort of reprieve.

For the first time in many years, we saw a team whose heads dropped at the first sign of adversity. It was all too familiar to what we see in the pre-Rafa days.

The Daily Star is reporting that Steve Bruce has been left shocked and hurt by the criticism he has received from some Newcastle supporters.

It is far too early to fairly judge Steve Bruce on the two results of this season. However, he is not being judged solely on that. He was an underwhelming choice, to begin with and it is up to him to prove he was the man for the job. At Arsenal, there were some signs, but all of that was demolished by the eldritch scene at Norwich.

Steve Bruce must ignore the critics and somehow conjure every inch of ability he has to get this club out of trouble. We are only two games in, but it already has the familiar feel of 2008/09 and 2015/16. While a lot of that is just the creeping pessimism that is burrowed in the gut of all Newcastle fans, it’s still worrisome. He has to accept the criticism, no matter how overblown or unfair, and get on with the job.

It is up to Steve Bruce to prove that he can take this club forward. That begins at Tottenham. While we feel for him, this is the job he has signed up for. It certainly is not a rose garden at the moment. However, if the times were rosy and pleasant, he likely would not have been given this opportunity.

44 comments so far

  • Lindisfarne

    Aug 21, 2019 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #1


  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 21, 2019 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #2

    On previous mate.

  • Lindisfarne

    Aug 21, 2019 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #3

    …. forward into the abyss!

    We need to get behind Bruce as there is only worse to follow.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Aug 21, 2019 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #4

    Ah, okay. No worries.

  • geordietom

    Aug 21, 2019 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #5


    milburn stand L1F / ROW CC/ 150/151…

    my ticket is £6 pensioner / £11 for wor lass …

  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 21, 2019 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #6

    Unfortunately I think things are going to get a whole lot worse before they get better. Anybody can say neggar, doomster or whatever, we’re going down. How on earth anyone thought that shipping out nearly 60% of your goals and replacing them with a guy who scored eleven in a high scoring team in a different league and two notorious crocks was going to work is beyond me, that’s not even taking Steve Bruce in to the equation.

  • RobLeenio

    Aug 21, 2019 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #7

    Not sure what else Bruce expected, honestly – most saw his willingness to take the job as at best showing a lack of concern for the plight of the NUFC fans, or at worst as a betrayal of those fans. Despite that, I think most were willing him to succeed and hoping that the team would hit the ground running.

    The fact that they haven’t done well so far means that we are very quickly remembering the issues which the new signings covered up.

    He’s bound to come in for criticism, not just from the fans but also from the media, unless and until the performances and the results results turn around.

    That could be a long couple of months, then.

  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Aug 21, 2019 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #8


    That’s you and me both that Tom wants a fight with


  • RobLeenio

    Aug 21, 2019 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #9

    England are playing Australia in a T20 at Chester-le-Street next July. Could be fun, for anyone missing their football still by then.

  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Aug 21, 2019 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #10


    After not going to games for years why did you decide to attend the Arsenal match?

    To show the team your support or show Ashley your support?

  • hibbit

    Aug 21, 2019 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #11


    hope you and the wife enjoy the game, i look forward to your match day review

  • dougie

    Aug 21, 2019 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #12

    Brucie has been judged already because he’s a hopeless manager and his record proves it.He knew what he was getting into when he took the job so he can stop crying like a Cnut.He will be gone by Christmas and we will probably have less than 10 points on the board.Relegation is a dead cert because of this ridiculous appointment.I hope the sheep have a nice time supporting this shambles.Hughes or Pulis will be in charge in the new year but it won’t matter cos it will be done and dusted by then.Fcuk off Ashley you fat twat.

  • IrishRob

    Aug 21, 2019 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #13

    He said judge him on his results and performances genuinely thinking he will do well and shut us up, that’s the funny part. Lol whereas we all knew he doesn’t have the talent to coach a 5 a side team.

  • martoon

    Aug 21, 2019 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #14

    cockneymafiaout – I’m not following your argument?
    Surely fans pay their money and choose to support the team as they see fit – some watch quietly & take in the game, some chant & sing, some cheer the good stuff and deride the bad stuff and then of course there are the ones who abuse the players from start to finish. HOWEVER the players are paid (handsomely) to play football whatever the crowd is doing and I would argue it is up to the players to give the crowd something to cheer and sing about.

  • one fine day

    Aug 21, 2019 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #15

    What did Bruce honestly expect ?
    If he wanted to be cheered and welcomed at Newcastle games in future the way the sharers ,keegans, hughtons and Rafa will always be this is all he had to do …when he was approached about the job by penfold ( knowing how many before him had turned it down )
    This statement would have done him a lot more good…”.I have spoken to the fat bald guy with the glasses and I think he was asking me but I am not sure ,anyways while I supported Newcastle as a lad and would have loved a chance to manage them I ,like every other coach will not be going near that job while that odious twat is the owner ” simples !

  • WLtoon

    Aug 21, 2019 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #16

    If Bruce thinks the criticism is bad now then just wait til after the Spurs game sunshine. Bet the cockneys are rubbing their hands with anticipation of a rout.

  • lesh

    Aug 21, 2019 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #17


    If you think Jib was at the Arsenal match, you’re dafter (sorry, more gullible) than most who read his posts. He lives in a world of his own with anyone who chooses to join him there.

  • Nostradamus " Mike Ashley The Clown "

    Aug 21, 2019 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #18

    I don’t believe it, Steve Bruce, the Victor Meldrew of the north.

    Link: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=mLNrLI3OBwg

  • c-dog

    Aug 21, 2019 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #19

    “Steve Bruce has repeatedly said that he wanted to be judged by results as Newcastle manager”

    exactly what’s happening
    plus the performances

    it’s dreadful stuff
    a couple of months in and he’s destroyed all Rafas work

    Bruce Out!

  • c-dog

    Aug 21, 2019 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #20

    Bruce is an ego maniac

  • hibbit

    Aug 21, 2019 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #21

    Bruce was well warned by friends and family of the reception that awaited him,he chose to jump ship and ignore the advice he knew what he was signing up to,
    he asks us to judge him on results, ok i’m fine with that !!!

  • bettyswallocks

    Aug 21, 2019 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #22


    Geordietom……………… Just be careful mate you honestly don’t realise what you’re getting involved in.

  • bettyswallocks

    Aug 21, 2019 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #23


    My advice is when you meet up just order a couple of these and call a truce.

  • hibbit

    Aug 21, 2019 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #24
  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Aug 21, 2019 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #25


    He claimed he was there, so I threw the question out.

    I’m not gullible enough to expect a answer from him

  • JohnReese

    Aug 21, 2019 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #26

    I’m just waiting for us to pull off a shock win against Spurs and then we’ll all get made out to be a bunch of idiots who know nothing about football by the media. It would be such a Newcastle thing to do and we’ve done okay against them of late without always getting the result.

  • posada

    Aug 21, 2019 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #27

    Does anyone who still goes to home games contribute to this blog.
    Apart from BB and BSIB.
    Reading it you’d come to the conclusion that they don’t.

    Laugh, I once thought about buying a ticket.

  • hibbit

    Aug 21, 2019 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #28


    don’t hold your breath mate, we’ll be lucky to scrape a draw,
    and i do mean LUCKY !!!!!!

  • cockneymafiaout

    Aug 21, 2019 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #29


    Missing my point. I’m telling those fans who go and have no genuine interest in the club to save their money.

  • cockneymafiaout

    Aug 21, 2019 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #30

    I remember at one time you would get looked at funny if you weren’t passionate about NUFC. Now it seems like you get looked at funny if you do show passion.

  • hibbit

    Aug 21, 2019 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #31

    the last home game i missed was 27 years ago, till the Arsenal game,

  • lesh

    Aug 21, 2019 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #32


    Who in their right mind believes anything he says – I thought you might have found some credibility in him. Now that would take some believing!

  • toon22

    Aug 21, 2019 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #33

    See the PR narrative?
    Blame the fans

    The traitor was told by AS exactly what to expect

    They’ve given up on us and are now using us to protect Jabba

  • hibbit

    Aug 21, 2019 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #34

    that’s not just nufc fans i’ve seen away fans travel 300 miles to sit and watch there phones, that’s a society problem not just football fans,

  • toon22

    Aug 21, 2019 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #35

    It’s the fans fault the mess the clubs in
    We’re being unrealistic

    Jabba is just your average lovable “ Dell Boy”

    Hiya KBA

    We’re to blame lads

  • Just a fan

    Aug 21, 2019 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #36

    I to missed the arsenal game.
    I was coming back from holiday from the south of France.
    It took two days on a national holiday tour.
    Some pretty fancy cars in Monte Carlo.

  • toon22

    Aug 21, 2019 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #37

    You know what tells us, this new tactics of blaming the fans
    The PR know the brown stuffs going to hit the fan, and are getting head of things to try and set the narrative.
    Wag the dog

    They want to limit the damage to SD and Jabbas reputation

    Not the actions of someone who ever wants to sells us

    If the fans wrent so unreasonable, its not my faults …. etc

  • BeeGuy

    Aug 21, 2019 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #38

    It is now more interesting to read fan comments than to watch the games.

  • lesh

    Aug 21, 2019 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #39

    Steve Bruce’s credibility might go up if he was honest enough to say he was brought in far too late to get a feel for the players before they left for China, inherited and had new players imposed on him and what’s more, the ones coming in seem to have been bought piecemeal without any real assessment or input from him on which positions actually needed strengthening.

    In short, he’s walked into a bloody mess created by an owner whose priorities for NUFC are to use it as a vehicle to advertise SD and its brands, buy players to sell and profit on with no regard for the third priority, running a successful and ambitious football club.

    Yes, he was warned but clearly didn’t appreciate what a mess he was walking into. He’d be better walking now and pointing the finger at Ashley being the reason. He won’t and he’ll just have to do what he can with what he’s given. Vilifying him won’t do him or the players any good and he in fairness he needs to be given support. He’s not to blame for the club’s plight it’s Ashley and his cronies who need to be the focus of fans’ ire – blaming Bruce let’s them off the hook.

  • Asi Fish

    Aug 21, 2019 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #40

    There was a pretty interesting read in The Mag a bit back that said about people being scared to talk negatively about MA.

    Culture of fear.

    They don’t know how horrible we can be!!!!!!!!!!!!


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