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Steve Bruce – There’s A Unique Spirit In This Team


Newcastle manager Steve Bruce has been at the helm of Newcastle United for about eight months after he came in during mid-July to try to steady the ship.

Mike Ashley had again caused confusion by failing to sign Rafa Benitez and his team to a new contact.

Newcastle were left without a manager when the team was in China for the Premier League Asia Trophy.

But Steve Bruce left Sheffield Wednesday to take up the position he has always wanted since he turned down the job back in 2004 – after Sir Bobby Robson had been fired.

And he steadied the ship rather quickly and got the players – if not the fans – behind him.

Bruce (shown above) was asked in the Shields Gazette about his time so far as the Newcastle manager:

“There have been some lows,” “I think the lowest was Leicester, even though we had 10 men.”

“The highlight was seeing the young Longstaff smash that one in against Man United. To beat Chelsea, Tottenham and Man United, they’ve got to be the highs.”

“I think you need time – time is crucial in management now,” “I think it was important we brought in two or three players in January.”

“Their actual presence in being here helped everyone, so I just think it’s a bit of time.”

“My own philosophy is what you have seen recently. That’s the way we want to go, that’s the way I want to go, but I didn’t think the players were ready for change, so I previously left it alone.”

“They were comfortable in it.”

“There’s a unique spirit amongst them,” “Some of them have been here four or five years.”

” I think they grasp what the club means, and I think that helps because it’s a difficult place to play and manage, but these lads have done very well.”

Steve Bruce has managed 938 games in his management career – 35 games for Newcastle so far.

And unless the team is sold by Mike Ashley Steve Bruce will be our manager next season.

If that happens, we hope he can bring success to the side.

He will work his socks off trying to do that – and you cannot ask more than that.

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62 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 29, 2020 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #1

    Wow, it was ten years ago I watched that, where does time go??

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  • bettyswallocks

    Mar 29, 2020 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #2

    Mar 29, 2020 at 11:38 AM
    Comment #3
    Jib if you’re about………. One of the lads sent me a vid of Billie Jo Saunders offering some advice on how to cope during isolation. I know you’ll find it amusing and I thought some of the lads on here might do too.
    Trouble is I received it via Whatsapp and I can’t copy and paste it to here . I think it’s from Instagram or Facebook not YouTube. Anyway just a thought if you can be bothered to locate it.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 29, 2020 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #3

    ”The plot centers around the Johnson family (consisting of Chris (Rob Hartz) and Ellen (Kathleen Cameron) Johnson, and their son Casey (Hy Rillero)) of Los Angeles, California, one of a small number of families to survive a global pandemic that, according to the opening of the film, occurs “sometime in the future…”[1] The disease began as a particularly virulent flu strain in Southeast Asia. Efforts made to contain the virus in that portion of the world are ineffective as global transportation networks carry infected individuals all around the world. Hospitals become overloaded, and the public works infrastructure begins to shut down. Eventually, the main characters leave L.A., encountering many hardships along the way. They make it to a friendly small town, where life begins again.

    Interspersed with the above are interviews with various experts giving their perspective on what is most likely to occur in a global pandemic scenario”

    They do not make this sh!t up for the sake of it, it has been warned of and prediucted for years, we seriously need to be better prepared for the next one.

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  • bettyswallocks

    Mar 29, 2020 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #4

    I’m away doon the beach this aft to watch a bit of beach footy. A couple of local team’sll be going at it hammer and tongs, they take it fairly serioUsly with some robust tackles flying in. Might do a bit of scouting to see if I can’t unearth another Samatta.

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  • Ron Knee

    Mar 29, 2020 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #5

    Stephen King’s The Stand is pretty good, but the revised version is maybe overlong.

    1
  • Just a fan

    Mar 29, 2020 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #6

    Watched the program about best ever premier league goalscorer.
    It was a big surprise who shearer picked.

    1
  • Munster Mag

    Mar 29, 2020 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #7

    Jail it seems that respiratory viruses will most likely be the scourge again so at least we will have learned something from this one. Much as I like Bobby, the stuff he was coming up with re air quality being a contributing factor in china was horlicks. Tell that to the Italians and Spanish. And now the US. Hopefully we will be better prepared.

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  • Munster Mag

    Mar 29, 2020 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #8

    Just a fan, I missed that aswell last night, along with the 5-0. No idea wtf happened to yesterday but a lot of bloody house cleaning, a lot of footie playing with the young fella and wine in the evening and a row with herself. Too much time together!

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  • Moonraker15

    Mar 29, 2020 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #9

    Charlie
    Cantona was a nasty piece of work as highlighted in the 5-0 game fouling Beardsley with a potential leg breaker and snidey fouls throughout particularly Albert who had him in his pocket

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  • IrishRob

    Mar 29, 2020 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #10

    See ppl were talking about the GREAT Fred Dibnah yesterday. He was an absolute hero of mine, there is literally nothing I dont know about him, I even visited his home and workshop in Bolton about 10 years ago while it was still a heritage visitors centre and before it was all taken down and sold.

    There are so many tv series he was in particularly in the last few years of his life. The BBC decided to make a myriad of tv shows before he died of pancreatic cancer because he had a wonderful way of educating and presenting.

    He was soo much more than just a steeple Jack he was an expert in all things Victorian and early mechanics and inventions. Here’s a list of some of his shows you should find on YouTube and EVERY SINGLE ONE of them is worth watching.

    FRED DIBNAH STEEPLEJACK. 2, a year with fread. 3, FRED DIBNAHS ALL STEAMED UP. 4, Fred a disappearing world. 5, Fred Getting steamed up. 6, Fred. 7, life with Fred.8, FREAD DIBNAHS UPS AND DOWNS OF CHIMNEYS. 9, The Fred Dibnah story. 10, Fred Dibnahs industrial age. 11, Fred Dibnahs magnificent monuments. 12, Fed Dibnahs Victorian hero’s. 13, Fred Dibnahs building of Britain. 14, FRED DIBNAHS WORLD OF STEAM AMD STONE. 15, Fred Dibnahs made in Britain. 16 DIG WITH DIBNAH.

    There maybe a few more I cant think of but the ones in uppercase I’ve highlighted as the best ones to watch. Or ones i found to be my favourites.

    If you have spare time I’d highly recommend every single one of them. There just isnt people like that around any more. All the old mechanics and old belt and pulley systems he loves reminds me so much of my Grandads old
    Water mill that is no more only the water wheel is left and its turned into a hydroelectric generator. Fred is one of the most fascinating people you can watch.

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  • Jib

    Mar 29, 2020 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #11

    bettyswallocks
    If it’s how to hit your wife during lockdown
    forget it

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  • Moonraker15

    Mar 29, 2020 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #12

    Betty
    Is that allowed where you live? Not here!

    4
  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 29, 2020 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #13

    Munster,

    Absolutely gutted to be missing Scotland’s finest the Simple Minds performing in Dublin on April 21, now re-scheduled for Feb 22, 2021.

    Nightmare scenario, I paid a free cancellation fee for the hotel with lastminute.com who have become virtually uncontactable and took out flight cancellation insurance with Ryanair who also seemingly don’t want to know.
    The hotel say I have to deal with last minute and not them directly and last minute are now making website noises about issuing vouchers rather than refunds. I don’t know whether to try and get the money back, go later, ie in September or hold out for next Feb to see Simple minds whose tickets were non returnable. As you know back end of April in Dublin would have been preferable to February.

    I know in the context of people losing lives it’s not a biggy but just wondered if anyone else was having trouble contacting travel companies at the minute.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 29, 2020 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #14

    Munster

    Sorry forgot

    Do you know the latest status for hotels in Dublin and Ryanair?

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  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 29, 2020 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #15

    is it over simplifying things to say that covid-19 isn’t great for obese smokers

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  • Moonraker15

    Mar 29, 2020 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #16

    Betty
    Where’s the beach football?

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  • Moonraker15

    Mar 29, 2020 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #17

    Rotunda
    I would say high risk group definitely!

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  • WLtoon

    Mar 29, 2020 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #18

    Talking about cancelled gigs,
    Was seriously looking forward to seeing The Who last Saturday at the Arena but like so many gigs it was postponed til 23rd March next year. Gutted

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  • IrishRob

    Mar 29, 2020 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #19

    BOYCOTT at 11:31am they use body sensors, similar to the ones sewn into the backs of players jerseys.

    They record how many miles on the treadmills players do each day. Their specific movements so they know if they are doing the right exercises they were told to do. They monitor body vitals when worn also and things like calories burned etc. These devices transfer this information electronically to the likes of the physio’s et.al.

    When they return they will also be subject to more rigorous tests and things like body fat percentage testes to check if players followed their regimens.

    1
  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 29, 2020 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #20

    Me and the bairn have got tickets to see part one and two of Harry Potter the cursed child in London on May 02.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 29, 2020 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #21

    Got a great deal on first class bullet train thing going down there as well, probably won’t find that again.

    1
  • IrishRob

    Mar 29, 2020 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #22

    Jaf did he pick himself by any chance? Lol Big Al is not known for his modesty when it comes to football.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 29, 2020 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #23

    That docu-drama is on You Tube, it’s a history channel production if anyone is interested.

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  • magscar

    Mar 29, 2020 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #24

    Rotonda

    Yes there are bigger issues but there are also a lot of other matters which while lesser in gravity still need addressing sooner or later or they can fester whilst trying to get throughthis crisis.

    Unfortunately your dilemma isn’t too surprising as the economic effects continue and businesses look to survive. Some do it with compassion whilst others seem to duck out. Could be that there are technological and/or staffing problems in manning customer lines though and evetually you can get through but maybe from what you say best you can expect is a voucher
    rather than refund

    I presume you have looked on various websites to see if any definite advice or statements on refunds

    Seem to recall a feature on BBC a few months ago before all this happened ( may be airline collapse?) and the different outcomes depending on how and through which companies /agencies holidays had been booked

    Good luck

    Its a massive problem for even HMR ( or inevitable you might argue given contraction and reconfiguration of department over 10 years)

    1
  • IrishRob

    Mar 29, 2020 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #25

    Rotunda, actually a little bit yes. While they are higher risk. Really the only ones who should be overly concerned are the immunocompromised.

    Nonetheless everyone should try keep themselves safe.

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  • magscar

    Mar 29, 2020 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #26

    sorry last post got out of sync somehow 🙁

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  • geordietom

    Mar 29, 2020 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #27

    At christmas i was supposed to fly to Portugal for a week had to cancel the holiday as i came down with what i thought was the flu couldn’t shake it off . it lasted nearly four weeks i got took into hospital for a week they said i had Pneumonia . got home still couldn’t get rid of it , hacking cough high temperature in bed sweating four solid weeks it lasted , i had the same thing earlier that year just wondering if i had been touched by this virus or some form of it . only put this on as a couple of people on here have said they have had sympton’s in the past …

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  • IrishRob

    Mar 29, 2020 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #28

    Maybe so Tom. It will be interesting when this antibody test comes out and is widely available. I’ve a strong suspicion a lot of people will show up as having had it already.

    1
  • magscar

    Mar 29, 2020 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #29

    Rotonda / Moonraker

    a comparison of relevant risk to an obese smoker in fifties to a reasonably fit and healthy person over 70 was made in passing by a Doctor on one of the daily BBC your questions answered slots although can’t recall if age wasn’t a factor just the other 2

    The point made was yes that whilst the older you are the more risk of complications (but not greater risk of catching it) then so are other people in younger age groups who dont fall into highly vulnerable but nevertheless may have issues what is what is an attack on respiratory system

    A shout out to those below 70 and not within the stated risk categories that they need to also be wary and not be complacent.

    Having said that we still don’t know all there is to know as to why some have mild infection and others are devastated by virus but the comparison is surely one no one would dispute

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  • hibbit

    Mar 29, 2020 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #30

    Rob
    i’ve been listening to a guy this morning on the bbc, he was explaining the significance of these antibody test and how they need to get as many of the results in to the system as soon as possible , and just how important that information is going to be in the fight against this virus

    1
  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 29, 2020 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #31

    Thanks Magscar,

    Tbh I’m on the other side of it too with my sports tour business. I have 20 groups due to go to Spain in the next 3 months. Most have been very understanding re – force de majeure and our suppliers are all trying to offer alternative dates rather than refunds.

    On another theme did the wife ever reveal her real name?

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  • Ron Knee

    Mar 29, 2020 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #32

    Care home managers are refusing to accept elderly people discharged from NHS hospitals owing to coronavirus fears, and one has said government-issued protective equipment for residents and staff is “completely useless”.

    David Steedman, the manager of Arlington House care home in Sussex, said he had five empty rooms but he was not taking in people discharged from hospital as it would be “madness” to expose residents and staff to the risk of infection. (The Observer)

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  • IrishRob

    Mar 29, 2020 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #33

    Hibbit do you have a link by any chance, something to listen to later?

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  • Munster Mag

    Mar 29, 2020 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #34

    Rotonda sorry I don’t have any insight. I wud think you can get vouchers and hold the booking. From what I have heard, ryanair will honour flights affected by covid 19 but they are a bunch of knackers. Aer Lingus Will always be the airline that the Irish call “our” airline. Miles more friendly and professional and we always felt matched the Irish disposition. Best of luck, maybe it will be a great feeling when we get through this nasty and frightening time.

    1
  • IrishRob

    Mar 29, 2020 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #35

    Although myself I have a feeling the antibody test wont be Available for most people for months. It’s far more important to know who has it atm rather than who had it, and also I imagine countries will want to spend their money on testing for people who have it rather than retroactive tests to see who’s had it, for now at least until it settles down.

    That’s why I’m very interested in why they think it’s so important to know who’s had it rather than fighting the disease with who has it presently.

    I imagine it might be to indicate how much more or even less virulent it is to what we know atm or maybe to test survivors to get better treatments, other than that I wouldnt have a notion why it’s as import as might be.

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  • hibbit

    Mar 29, 2020 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #36

    I never realised that gathering information from people who have recovered from the virus was so vital in developing a vaccine to fight it,
    and yet when you put your mind to it and think, it really is one of the most obvious step to take

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  • geordietom

    Mar 29, 2020 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #37

    just had a bit of good news well sort of , my cousin moved to the states last year his son is in Thailand he took a gap year from UNI . they had not heard off him in 2 weeks he got in touch yesterday he’s ok . only problem is he cant leave till this blows over , at least he’s ok …

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  • Moonraker15

    Mar 29, 2020 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #38

    Magscar
    I’m in the over 70s group being 72 but I know it’s an arbitrary age as I’m fitter than a lot who are 10 years younger but probably not as fit as some older guys.
    However I would like to be able to take this antibody test as I’m convinced jive got (or had) a mild form of the virus, having had strange symptoms, but no temperature, over the last 2 weeks.
    Trouble is there’s a lot they don’t know about it!

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  • geordietom

    Mar 29, 2020 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #39

    Moonraker …

    will these test kits be available to everyone i heard they are gonna give them to people on the front line first …

    1
  • Munster Mag

    Mar 29, 2020 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #40

    The 2k radius is frustrating. I want to get out fishing to a river about 1km away as won’t be near another soul. But can’t. Did Dibnah ever say bugga? Well, bugga!

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