We hope that Steve Bruce can enjoy the last 9 games of the season and take us further than the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.
He’s had a tough season, but he has done well, and the players have been right behind him.
We don’t know what’s going to happen in the future, as we wait for the Premier League to show some courage and announce their decision on the Amanda Staveley led consortium, which is trying to buy the club for £300M.
The fact that the Saudi Arabia Public Investment Fund is financing 80% of the deal has caused problems, and may even lead to the deal being blocked by the Premier League.
But we don’t think that’s going to happen.
When Bruce came in last July, there was a lot of negativity about his selection, after the great Rafa Benitez had been forced out by our stubborn and obstinate owner Mike Ashley.
Bruce (shown above alongside captain Jamaal Lascelles) has looked back on the season today in the Chronicle:
“Whatever the negativity has been around me, the vast majority of people I have bumped into in the street have been hugely respectful and wished me luck.”
“That even still goes for now.”
“Whoever was going to sit here in the circumstances of replacing Rafa was going to have a difficult time.”
“I was under no illusions and the way I knew I could change the perspective of me was to win a few matches.”
“Certainly that night at Bramall Lane the supporters enjoyed the way the team played.”
“The resilience and the way they are, that bit of spirit and I think that has come from the nucleus of players from the Championship days.”
“I still think they have a huge influence on the club even this season.”
“They have done fantastically well.”
We still have a lot of those Championship players in the side.
Players like captain Jamaal Lascelles, Matt Ritchie, Isaac Hayden, Jonjo Shelvey, Ciaran Clark, Paul Dummett, Christian Atsu, and others.
And since Rafa came in to replace the woeful Steve McClaren in March of 2016, the team spirit has been outstanding.
That’s something we must not lose with the new owners.
What do you think?