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Newcastle Great Reminds Fans That Bruce Is Not The Villain



Rob Lee, who made 301 appearances for Newcastle United from 1992-2002, has taken to Twitter in defense of Steve Bruce. He has also tried to remind fans that Bruce is not the cause of our current situation.

Rob Lee makes a very salient point in these comments. Steve Bruce was offered the position and took it. While the way Bruce left Sheffield Wednesday was a fair point of contention, he has come in and got on with it. By all accounts, he has done a very admirable job in getting the players focused on moving forward.

Whether he can be successful, remains to be seen. While results are ultimately all that matters, he needs to be afforded at least a run of games before he can be comprehensively judged.

Bruce has been under constant scrutiny since the day he was appointed. The pressure has been ratcheted up tenfold this week with the result at Norwich. While we do think Bruce deserved some probing about the terrible performance, the extent and type of the criticism leveled at him have been extreme.

This week has seen him issue some regretful responses to some of the criticism aimed at him and his players, but it is understandable considering the type of criticism they received.

What Steve Bruce needs is some time and space to see if he is the right man for the job. Two games are just not an adequate enough sample size to concretely say that he isn’t.

While it is certainly logical to take his history into consideration, he should get at least a couple of months on this specific job to state his case.

Lee also goes on to remind us why this club is stuck in neutral, and possibly about to go back in reverse. The owner is the root cause of the problem. If Bruce fails, he can be seen as a symptom but nothing more. He needs to be given some reasonable amount of time before that is decided.

By reasonable, we don’t mean half a season but just a couple of months, or around eight to ten games. If we have only a few points after that, then it is logical to surmise that he is just not going to get it done. Rafa Benitez had the entirety of his CV to rely on during his poor starts, so should Steve Bruce.

With Benitez, it was reasonable to suggest that he could turn it around. It may not be with Bruce if he ends up in the same predicament.


118 comments so far

  • Genjikai

    Aug 24, 2019 at 11:57 PM

    Comment #81

    Rolando
    There is maybe only a hand full on aswell.
    I wasnt the first but i was the second.

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  • ronaldo aarons

    Aug 24, 2019 at 11:57 PM

    Comment #82

    Jane
    Turns out it wasn’t a few months ago lol

    This is what I posted a few weeks ago.

    ronaldo aarons
    Aug 4, 2019 at 6:37 PM
    Comment #19
    According to the BBC:
    Virgil van Dijk was dribbled past for the first time in his last 65 competitive appearances (by Gabriel Jesus) for Liverpool, since Mikel Merino did so for Newcastle in March 2018.

    Enter Allan Saint-Maximin…

    1
  • NY Mag

    Aug 24, 2019 at 11:57 PM

    Comment #83

    That was me 😀

    4
  • Genjikai

    Aug 24, 2019 at 11:58 PM

    Comment #84

    Cheely cheeky ny mag

    1
  • IrishRob

    Aug 25, 2019 at 12:00 AM

    Comment #85

    Midshaft…..Whether ppl click on them or not is irrelevant, that’s how he gets his money on here. So no one is ever gonna get banned and neither I’d he gonna set up a system to identify people. Take it from me, its never gonna happen.

    Fyi, I buy very few things online but even I bought a hoodie from one of the ads on here about a month ago.

    4
  • ronaldo aarons

    Aug 25, 2019 at 12:03 AM

    Comment #86

    Haters gonna hate lol

    My battery is dying now so I need to go.

    I’ll have my revenge. 😀

    1
  • NY Mag

    Aug 25, 2019 at 12:07 AM

    Comment #87

    Ronaldo,

    Just joking mate 🙂

    0
  • Genjikai

    Aug 25, 2019 at 12:14 AM

    Comment #88

    Ny mag
    You should know by now this is no place for jokes, everything gets taken as literal on this blog.

    1
  • big bob

    Aug 25, 2019 at 12:16 AM

    Comment #89

    Jibs like a good politician never answers the question and turns it back on you

    2
  • Genjikai

    Aug 25, 2019 at 12:16 AM

    Comment #90

    Is maxi fit for spurs match?

    0
  • Genjikai

    Aug 25, 2019 at 12:17 AM

    Comment #91

    Big bob
    Jib always vanishes without an answer.
    When the going gets really tough for him he backs off for a day then creeps back in asif nowt even happened in the morning.

    11
  • stan anderson

    Aug 25, 2019 at 12:17 AM

    Comment #92

    Sorry but i think Bruce is the villain,he new what this club were and even Shearer told him to stay away.But no he took the Job he,d always wanted?and dumped his then club in the shite.Nice man eh.
    I hope he does well but there is more chance of me putting my name down for Branson,s space flight.

    4
  • NY Mag

    Aug 25, 2019 at 12:18 AM

    Comment #93

    Genji,

    That’s very true….but Ronaldo’s a good guy 🙂

    0
  • Genjikai

    Aug 25, 2019 at 12:20 AM

    Comment #94

    Ny mag
    I gave ronaldo 417 quid for the blog consortium bid, he says hes keeping it safe for me till the time comes.
    I do believe him, good guy….

    5
  • NY Mag

    Aug 25, 2019 at 12:22 AM

    Comment #95

    As long as you didn’t give him your bank account details as well 🙂

    1
  • big bob

    Aug 25, 2019 at 12:23 AM

    Comment #96

    Still can’t believe people think we will be ok this season MD Clueless no knowledge of football owner Clueless listens to other people coach who brings 2 other coaches with him why hire him as coach but then he brings 2 people in to do coaching
    It’s a massive shambles Watford next week is big one if they don’t win that I can’t see them picking many points up before Xmas

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  • The next Mike Williamson

    Aug 25, 2019 at 12:23 AM

    Comment #97

    None of us wanted McLaren but we gave him a fair chance and got behind him. The same is true of all our other managers, even Souness. Bruce is no worse than those lot, but enough is enough. Showing our anger towards Bruce is telling Ashley we aren’t going to accept managers who are low quality championship standard anymore. We need fresh ideas all the way down. We need to invest in youth. Embrace new tactics. Get rid of Ashley, then Charnley goes, Bruce goes. It can’t get worse.

    1
  • big bob

    Aug 25, 2019 at 12:30 AM

    Comment #98

    Your sitting there as a football chairman what the hell makes you think Steve Bruce is available for 4 million compo let’s get him still shaking my head in total disbelief is it because they new he didn’t have any ambition and Newcastle was the best he could hope for so they could push him as far as they want as they know he won’t complain

    3
  • jane

    Aug 25, 2019 at 12:31 AM

    Comment #99

    yes

    0
  • Genjikai

    Aug 25, 2019 at 12:36 AM

    Comment #100

    Jane is there going to be a change of colour after tomorrow match?

    0
  • The Wife

    Aug 25, 2019 at 12:51 AM

    Comment #101

    Been visiting my mother for a few days and I will miss the match tomorrow as I drive back to Raleigh. Hoping for a good game and a draw since you all know I have a soft spot for the Spurs. 🙂

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  • Genjikai

    Aug 25, 2019 at 1:07 AM

    Comment #102

    The wife
    Probably snap your hand off for a draw right now,
    Although i do hope the lads can pull off a sneaky win.
    Howay the lads.

    4
  • Online Guy

    Aug 25, 2019 at 1:17 AM

    Comment #103

    Jib

    Last time I seen Mick I was driving past and he was just passed the Diamond other side of road walking towards airport direction..bout 6 weeks back ..time before that was about 5 months back he was not far off Sainsbury’s same side . I know he was over at St Peter’s but was surprised to see him first time less than a year ago in Pont ..looks happy enough.

    I talk to Steve Black now and then in Pont. Great bloke .. He’s lost a lot of weight too and looks well.

    1
  • dig-n-dig22

    Aug 25, 2019 at 4:57 AM

    Comment #104

    there is nothing on offer for us against Spurs today, we should go for damage limitation.

    Two banks of five in front of Dubs, compact, keep the Fancy Dan’s on the bench and fill the team with grafters and die for the shirt, not pretty but ask Barca, they face this system week after week because it’s difficult to break down, though they usually find a way but it should keep the score respectable.

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  • Genjikai

    Aug 25, 2019 at 5:10 AM

    Comment #105

    Dig n dig
    3 points for the toon is on offer.
    HWTL

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  • DubaiMicky

    Aug 25, 2019 at 5:25 AM

    Comment #106
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  • Genjikai

    Aug 25, 2019 at 5:26 AM

    Comment #107

    What is that micky a cheesestring?

    0
  • DubaiMicky

    Aug 25, 2019 at 5:30 AM

    Comment #108

    Craig Hope in this morning’s Fail on Sunday:-

    “Stop acting like you’re the victim: Steve Bruce needs to get Newcastle’s house in order before he can demand an end to criticism”

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-7391233/Newcastle-news-Steve-Bruce-needs-house-order-demand-end-criticism.html

    1
  • DubaiMicky

    Aug 25, 2019 at 5:38 AM

    Comment #109

    Cross between Bart Simpson and Matt Richie I thought G, but yep, cheesestring works too LOL

    0
  • Genjikai

    Aug 25, 2019 at 5:40 AM

    Comment #110

    Its actually really horrible to look at.

    2
  • Jib

    Aug 25, 2019 at 6:36 AM

    Comment #111

    Genjikai
    Jib always vanishes without an answer.
    Errm no
    He goes to bed

    2
  • Jib

    Aug 25, 2019 at 6:38 AM

    Comment #112

    I like to watch MotD in bed
    to recall what proper footy looks like
    I usually fall asleep halfway through
    last night it was LPool put me to sleep

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  • martoon

    Aug 25, 2019 at 8:04 AM

    Comment #113

    Aye Jib people don’t realise 11.00pm is past our bed time 😀
    I think today’s game is going to be a hard watch! I just hope we don’t get embarassed.

    3
  • posada

    Aug 25, 2019 at 8:13 AM

    Comment #114

    Genjikai
    Aug 24, 2019 at 10:57 PM
    Comment #53
    Makes you sad as **** jib when you actually have to make 6 or 7 accounts to back yourself up.
    You really are a sad sack of ****.
    ****************************************
    Disgraceful.
    Who are the people behind this type of thing.

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  • Trent1211

    Aug 25, 2019 at 8:22 AM

    Comment #115

    https://twitter.com/craighope_dm/status/1165373786650304513?s=12 Absolutely spot on. Think this an article Neil.

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  • hibbit

    Aug 25, 2019 at 8:24 AM

    Comment #116
  • Ron Knee

    Aug 25, 2019 at 8:33 AM

    Comment #117

    Why does Steve Bruce have a squashed nose? Is it the result of an accident?

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  • Trent1211

    Aug 25, 2019 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #118

    Ron Knee somebody was having a BBQ on the other side of patio doors and his greed had him run straight into them not realising it was glass.

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