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Former Striker Believes Results Will Get Fans Behind Bruce

Les Ferdinand enjoyed two illustrious seasons at Newcastle from 1995-1997. He joined from QPR for £6m and was sold for the same fee two years later to Tottenham. In 68 Premier League appearances for Newcastle, Les scored an impressive 41 goals.

Ferdinand is currently the Director of Football at QPR and has weighed in on the situation at Newcastle with their coaching change this summer.

This is what Les had to say to talkSPORT about how Steve Bruce can ultimately win the support of the fans:

“I think the fans will love Steve Bruce and enjoy his time at Newcastle if Newcastle win games of football.

“I think no matter who you are, sometimes the managers who go into clubs are not the ideal choice and no one wanted to lose Rafa.

“Whoever was going in there after Rafa was going to get this effect. They see another manager coming in under the same regime, and I think it is more to do with that than with Steve Bruce.

“They’ve lost someone who they thought would guarantee them staying in the Premier League.

“Steve has got it all to do. I know his heart is in wanting Newcastle to do well and he will give it his best shot.

“The more games he wins, like the last time out against Spurs, the more he will grow in the hearts of fans and keeping them in the Premier League will have the effect it needs to have for Steve Bruce.”

For the most part, we agree with Les Ferdinand. Steve can win over a majority of the fans if he gets results. That won’t be enough to get a lot of the fans fully behind the club, however, but that will have more to do with the owner than Steve Bruce.

While we agree that any manager coming in after Rafa Benitez was going to find it difficult, we think that Bruce has taken a lot more heat right from the start than others would have.

A younger manager, like Mikel Arteta or Patrick Vieira, would have been given more leniency by some of the fans. They would have been allowed some time to grow into the position as their coaching histories are yet to be written.

Steve Bruce, fairly or not, was just an underwhelming choice. However, he can make his tenure at Newcastle a positive if he gets results.

It still doesn’t mean that the initial objections to his appointment were inappropriate though. Looking at Steve Bruce’s record, we can see why many fans were so dissatisfied with him following Benitez.

There is nothing that Steve Bruce can do about his coaching history not measuring up to someone like Rafa. All Steve Bruce can do is move forward and try to make his time here a successful one. If he can accomplish that, then it will indeed be a milestone for him in his career.

The initial skepticism in his hiring was wholly justified. Though, if he is able to make Newcastle a success on the pitch, he will have earned the support that will surely come his way. As it would be great for this team to have a better than expected season, we are rooting for Steve Bruce to bring that success to Newcastle.

35 comments so far

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Sep 9, 2019 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #1

    “They’ve lost someone who they thought would guarantee them staying in the Premier League.”

    Jesus, Les. We’ve lost more than that. We’ve lost someone who we thought would enable us to be our best selves, top 6-8, maybe lift a Cup. Someone who’d force Ashley to straighten his bat. We’ve lost belief.

  • Wimbletoon

    Sep 9, 2019 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #2

    Exactly right Nicky.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 9, 2019 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #3

    The Wife,
    Thank you, the multiple thing has caused a lot of hassle over the years, it’s not a problem if people just want to change their names, many do, but when people are using multiple usernames to gang up or bully a poster then it really isn’t fair and is actually quite sad, the individual responsible has been having a go at me for years, even bringing my wife and kids in to his antics, there’s not much you can do if he’s using different e mails or VPN’s but it would be nice to know that his behaviour is at least being monitored.

  • bettyswallocks

    Sep 9, 2019 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #4

    I watched Tanzania play Burundi last night. Samatta the Tanzanian lad who’s playing at Gent and banging em in regularly looked outstanding again. Baffles me why he’s not been snapped up, he would have been ideal for us at around £10mil.

  • Trent1211

    Sep 9, 2019 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #5

    Sorry about that Jail. I don’t know what possesses people to go to those lengths.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 9, 2019 at 7:27 PM

    Comment #6

    “Whoever was going in there after Rafa was going to get this effect”
    No Les, wrong, if Carlo Ancelloti had have been persuaded to join with the promise of a new training ground, recruitment in line with our wealth and genuine ambition on the table then Rafa would have been very quickly forgotten, the reason Steve Bruce has not been well received is because he came, desperate with none of that on offer at all.

  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Sep 9, 2019 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #7

    carl was an absolute plague at one time. Some threads he was virtually half the posters ha ha shouldn’t laugh but he made Tony B look congenial and constructive.

  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Sep 9, 2019 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #8

    It’s sad to see all these favours being called in to mitigate the disaster of their own creation. It’s sad to see the fans who have been spat on for over a decade being disowned and called stupid for having the temerity to not like their treatment. You kind of expect better of players past and present to come out in support of Ashley’s cynical plan and his rent a mob patsies but it’s misguided I suppose. They all have friendships, allegiances, business and job interests to maintain.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 9, 2019 at 7:34 PM

    Comment #9

    Nicky the ball tosser,
    Yes, I agree, it wasn’t about Rafa, he’s just another in the very long list of people who will come and go at the club, it was about the hope he represented, telling the country about our potential, what we could easily achieve, he brought us genuine belief that there might be some light at the end of the tunnel. After two years back in the PL we will be treating staying up as a huge achievement, Rafa would have seen it as a massive failure not breaking top ten with a cup run and unfortunately it’s not going to be any different next season either.

  • Just a fan

    Sep 9, 2019 at 7:39 PM

    Comment #10

    Jail .
    Have you any opinions on people who erroneously call others multiples with no tangible proof.
    Don’t worry I don’t expect a reply.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 9, 2019 at 7:42 PM

    Comment #11

    Just a fan,

  • RobLeenio

    Sep 9, 2019 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #12

    Nicky at 1, think you got the nail firmly and squarely on the head there, nicely put.

    I don’t understand how other fans, pundits and ex players don’t get it. I’m not against him, I hope he does well. He is, after all, just a symptom rather than the cause of our club’s malaise.

    Whichever coach was hired this summer would have been irrelevant, the only thing that matters to this club is removing Ashley as owner so we can progress and start to fulfill our potential.

    You’re as well off blaming the knife in the murderer’s hand, it’s an implement, a tool if you like, and so is Bruce.

  • RobLeenio

    Sep 9, 2019 at 8:02 PM

    Comment #13

    The wife, it’s quite clear why Jonjo wanders around looking surly most of the time – the alternative is frankly terrifying.

  • Munster Mag

    Sep 9, 2019 at 8:10 PM

    Comment #14

    Maybe Les should meet Tarquin and bring him to his senses about not supporting the manager of the club until he has won something, the silly fool.

  • Moonraker15

    Sep 9, 2019 at 8:11 PM

    Comment #15

    As far as getting rid of Ashley, I can’t see it happening based on Jim Ratcliffe’s analysis that the asking price is too high.
    Seems like there’s no buyer willing to invest half a billion quid to get a top 8 club.
    Depressing as it seems the club is well over valued!

  • Moonraker15

    Sep 9, 2019 at 8:17 PM

    Comment #16

    Have to say I can’t see why Ratcliffe would want to buy a club Nice’s stature In Ligue 1. I know it was a low purchase price but what’s he gonna gain from it?

  • RobLeenio

    Sep 9, 2019 at 8:23 PM

    Comment #17

    Moony I dunno. It depends what they want the club for. If it’s as an investment then maybe 350 is the top and of the valuation, but if it’s an ego project or to project a brand then that’s maybe different as the value isn’t in the club itself but how the club can work for them.

    I do think we’ve had realistic buyers, I just don’t believe we have a realistic seller. In that case, it’s irrelevant what the club is valued at, really.

    Interesting that Jim Ratcliffe confirmed he had been considering buying us, though. I remember highlighting Ashley’s plane going to Lausanne and nice and Ratcliffe’s plane visiting Majorca when Ashley was at his holiday home there also. Funny how things turn out.

  • RobLeenio

    Sep 9, 2019 at 8:27 PM

    Comment #18

    True, also why buy Lausanne FC? He also owns what used to be team sky. Ineos is one of the biggest chemical companies in the world, it hardly needs advertising to the masses so where’s the value in these investments? It’s not like hell dog his wares directly to the punters.

    He must have a plan, I assume. Sadly doesn’t seem to include us.

  • RobLeenio

    Sep 9, 2019 at 8:28 PM

    Comment #19


  • Just a fan

    Sep 9, 2019 at 8:36 PM

    Comment #20

    Well thought out reply.

  • bettyswallocks

    Sep 9, 2019 at 8:42 PM

    Comment #21

    Could be a proper pasting for the Jocks the neet.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 9, 2019 at 8:52 PM

    Comment #22

    Maybe down in Nice he’s just another billionaire, or that not that many people know he’s a billionaire and think he’s just another very rich person with all the trimmings, it might be that buying the local football club makes him very much the it guy and man about town, it could be just that.

  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Sep 9, 2019 at 8:53 PM

    Comment #23

    Maybe Felonious Munster the horny handed son of the soil from the Emerald Isle should just cram something in his cakehole and belt up. Nobody asked you anything you troublemaking oaf. No offence.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 9, 2019 at 8:54 PM

    Comment #24

    What sounds cooler as you walk in to a party full of supermodels, ooh look there’s that chemical bloke or ooh look he owns Nice 😀

  • bettyswallocks

    Sep 9, 2019 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #25

    I know that self made billionaires don’t tend to buy anything unless they feel they are getting value for money. However this Jim Ratcliffe could buy us without hardly affecting his net worth so there must be more than the price putting him off.

  • mallorcamag

    Sep 9, 2019 at 9:09 PM

    Comment #26

    Jim Ratcliffe bought Nice late July
    Nice sold us Saint Maximin early August?

  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 9, 2019 at 9:16 PM

    Comment #27


  • Moonraker15

    Sep 9, 2019 at 9:20 PM

    Comment #28

    If he wanted a vanity project though, surely Newcastle would be the one! His brother reckoned half a billion quid to be “in the Everton cup”. So he’s not prepared to throw billions at a project for champions league!

  • mallorcamag

    Sep 9, 2019 at 9:26 PM

    Comment #29

    Nice Lausannne and Newcastle would make an interesting
    portfolio of soccer clubs

  • Moonraker15

    Sep 9, 2019 at 9:32 PM

    Comment #30

    I reckon they all know what a tw@t Ashley is in negotiations and that he’s probably wanting to retain advertising, merchandise and god knows what!
    I can’t believe they didn’t have a good look at us!
    Where’s Jib he’ll be in the know!

  • Munster Mag

    Sep 9, 2019 at 9:33 PM

    Comment #31

    Tarquins dont speak like that. You’re a very naughty boy. Off u trot and support sunderland as you have splashed them all over your avatar to denigrate the manager of our football club. You cheap prick.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 9, 2019 at 9:37 PM

    Comment #32

    When looking for Ian Toon’s catchya later post, I stumbled upon this, it really does highlight what Munster mag really thinks of us Geordie’s despite his claimed early allegiance to the club, he’s backed all the managers happy to see us loll in mediocrity while Ashley tells us how shit we are but saw it as his divine right to critique the one manager who genuinely wanted what was best for the club.
    Munster Mag

    Sep 24, 2015 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #16
    Ian good post re pardew in previous thread. As i said the sack pardew guys made geordies look stupid, or more to the point, pardew made them look stupid when he revived palace in a hurry. Carr and his control is the central issue at nufc now.

    The fact that he tends to agree with Ian Toon, rebecca, Jack Root et al tells it’s own story anyway.

  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Sep 9, 2019 at 9:41 PM

    Comment #33

    Aye thats Munster. Get toiling in the furrows, my agricultural friend. You’re a powerhouse at digging.

  • Munster Mag

    Sep 9, 2019 at 9:45 PM

    Comment #34

    Thats just more conspiracy talk betty. He didn’t need to make a statement. He just said prem clubs were basically too pricey. Which is fair enough.

  • Munster Mag

    Sep 9, 2019 at 9:48 PM

    Comment #35

    Not at all Jail. Ive probably supported the club longer than you so I want whats best too. I thought the sack pardew campaign was tawdry, even if he was a fool.


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