Steve Bruce had a zoom video call with reporters yesterday and answered lots of questions, and there was no waffling from the Geordie manager.
He has handled this season superbly so far, and now all he wants to do is to finish in the top ten.
If he can do that it’ will have been a successful season for Newcastle, the one club Steve has always wanted to manage.
When Sir Bobby Robson was sacked back in August 2004, after only finishing 5th in the Premier League and out of a Champions League place, he was Freddy Shepherd’s number one target.
But he didn’t want to leave Birmingham City and he put that club ahead of his own personal ambitions and turned down the offer.
He never forgot that huge opportunity he missed out on, so he was delighted to finally get the chance to manage his home town club last summer when he came in with the club in another complete shambles, created by owner Mike Ashley.
Now with Amanda Staveley leading a Newcastle takeover, he may only get one season managing Newcastle with other managers freely being touted in the person to come in for next season.
This is some of what Steve (pictured above) said yesterday:
“Some of it has been disrespectful, of course. But, look, I’ve been in the job long enough and I’ve been here the best part of 12 months.,”
“The one thing you need here more than anything is a thick skin and to let it ride unfortunately and try and ride the storm.”
“It’s never easy and it becomes unsettling – not for myself but for other people who are close to me i.e. my staff.”
“With the takeover, and I’ve only been here 12 months, I think everybody is a bit bored with it, aren’t they?”
“We’ve heard it all before. It seems to drag on.”
It seems like it’s a dog eat dog place in football these days, especially in the Premier League.
But to his credit, Steve Bruce has kept his dignity under difficult circumstances, and he has got on with the job he is paid to do.
If he can get Newcastle into a top 10 position, he and Newcastle will have had an excellent season.
We really hope that happens.