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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