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Steve Bruce – You Need A Thick Skin In This Job – It’s Never Easy

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.

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17 comments so far

  • archaeomag

    Jun 20, 2020 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #1

    @10.06 @53% rising
    Looks happy – this has the potential as a caption competition

  • IrishRob

    Jun 20, 2020 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #2

    A thick skin and a crooked nose!

  • captainmarvel

    Jun 20, 2020 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #3

    21st June is the longest day.

  • Bladey

    Jun 20, 2020 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #4

    Andy sick note and mesmerising manquillo are about to sign new contracts this has got me so worked up as Colback deserved to sign on the dotted line first maybe we will hear about that in the coming days
    This team is now taking shape and next year hopefully if Mike gives the cabbage some cash we can fight for that fourth from bottom place
    Disappointed in the ever so LOYAL LOL season ticket holders taken up their refunds shame on you

  • Gothmog's Pyjamas

    Jun 20, 2020 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #5


    dont think so this year, can be 20th, 21st or 22nd i think. though normally it is 21st.

  • geordietom

    Jun 20, 2020 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #6

    morning all thought id start the day off with a joke …

    At the bar last night, a woman got her nipple pierced right in front of me
    . On a related note……………………. I suck at darts.

  • archaeomag

    Jun 20, 2020 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #7

    You said much the same thing on May 18, 2020 at 8:13 PM, your persist illiteracy does you credit

  • Jib

    Jun 20, 2020 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #8

    The summer solstice, or longest day of the year, takes place between June 20 and 22 each year.
    This year it falls on Saturday, June 20 – when the UK will enjoy 16 hours and 38 minutes of daylight.
    The sun will rise at 4.43am and set at 9.21pm

  • archaeomag

    Jun 20, 2020 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #9

    . . & there is a New Moon tomorrow – followed by a “waxing crescent “

  • Jib

    Jun 20, 2020 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #10

    Bladey mentions Manquillo Colback and Bruce
    Which other club do they all have in common ?

  • geordietom

    Jun 20, 2020 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #11

    summer solstice song …


  • geordietom

    Jun 20, 2020 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #12


  • DaveD1000

    Jun 20, 2020 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #14

    Bladey is a big fan of Ginger Jack

  • beermonkey

    Jun 20, 2020 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #15


    He died of a minor injury but should be ok for the match
    Is he the new Chuck Norris

  • WLtoon

    Jun 20, 2020 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #16

    Good morning all, the sun is out but there are 4 games to enjoy so i`le stay indoors all day.

    Another theory why this takeover hasn`t been announced.

    Maybe an announcement wont be made til Monday after we have got the Shef U game out of the way as to not be accused of influencing the game if we were to win. Hmm, just a thought

  • davis_toons

    Jun 20, 2020 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #17

    …whatever still a good well done, steve!


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