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Steve Bruce Wary But Confident Against Former Club Who Sacked Him



The games will come quickly now because the Premier League has restarted, and we got off to a great start on Sunday with a tremendous 3-0 win at home against Sheffield United.

The lads are at home again tomorrow, when we play second-bottom club Aston Villa, who sacked Newcastle manager in early October of 2018, one day after a spectator had thrown a cabbage at him.

It followed a 3-3 home draw against bottom club Preston.

Villa are now in danger of being relegated, after only just returning this season to the Premier League, where they really belong.

Every game in the Premier League seems to be tough, so this will not be an easy game.

But Newcastle looked a good team on Sunday, and players will be trying to impress the would-be new owners and stay on board for Newcastle’s revival as a great team.

Steve Bruce (shown above earlier this season) is starting to get some plaudits from the fans for the job he has done this season – he has enabled the takeover – is wary of his former club.

He has reviewed the situation in his press conference today: here is some of what he has said, as reported in the Chronicle:

“It’s always good to get off to a good start. It’s been a long time so well done to all my staff and the players because they looked in good nick.”

“But it is totally strange playing in an empty SJP.”

“Without supporters, it’s not the same.”

“Any team (Aston Villa) at the bottom will be looking to put back-to-back wins together.”

“I’m expecting a difficult game as they have some very good players, they took the lead against Chelsea and they have McGinn and Grealish, two very good players.”

“But we’re confident”

“We’ve given ourselves a really, really decent platform but fair play to everyone concerned.”

“It’s vitally important we keep focused and finish the season strongly which we’re looking to do.”

Those are appropriate comments from the Newcastel manager.

We should win this game, but with Newcastle – you just never know.

Another win would be fantastic

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100 comments so far

  • Mund

    Jun 23, 2020 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #1

    Be mad to see a very strong finish and be inside top 10 and Europe isn’t even looking to far away…

    Dreaming but the table don’t lie and under these unprecedented times if we keep putting in top performances and others struggle with it all, ya never know.

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  • Bambams

    Jun 23, 2020 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #2

    Still we wait, other than taking SA to ensure World peace I dont know what more the PL can put before our would be buyers before authorising the takeover.

    I will take a shot in the dark and suggest Thursday morning for announcement

    Based on they wont announce just before our next match and if it is announced on Thursday morning it gives two days to calm before the masses land at SJP.

    So basically basing this on nothing at all.

    🙂

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  • Kevin Vegan

    Jun 23, 2020 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #3

    I think Villa will give us a bit of a fight, but we should come out on top. I’m expecting a tougher game on Sunday as villa definitely looked more dangerous when the two sides met last week.

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  • Mund

    Jun 23, 2020 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #4

    Bambams

    Fair point not wanting to announce on match day as I was hoping it was tomorrow but kinda makes sense that it won’t be.

    1
  • geordietom

    Jun 23, 2020 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #5

    repost 1…

    MUND …

    looking forward to watching WOR team play as you do mate , long day then the kick off i still get that buzz …

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  • Munster Mag

    Jun 23, 2020 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #6

    Kevin so what are your opinions on the takeover ?

    Can you clarify what is afoot – ie do you think its all a fraud, and that there are no moves to take over nufc and that its all media play etc?

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  • geordietom

    Jun 23, 2020 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #7

    repost 2 …

    kev …

    i’ve never put a time limit on it , it’ll happen when it happens …

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  • Lindisfarne

    Jun 23, 2020 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #8

    I am glad Bruce has exceeded expectations but did anyone watch the first half on Sunday?

    We were not dire but hardly put a dent on Sheffield. Lots to build on and good job done by Joelinton to earn the yellow card from their defender. I could see what was coming and in the end it was made far easier playing against 10 men.

    We started out trying to play 4231 but soon went to 4411 and again isolated the striker. Hopefully the win will breed confidence and we will continue to improve, the first match after the FA cup will be the real tell tale.

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  • Mund

    Jun 23, 2020 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #9

    Tom

    Imagine the bloody tingles you will get for match day in the new era. Can’t even fathom it.

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  • DaveD1000

    Jun 23, 2020 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #10

    Bam
    they are waiting till the pubs open 🙂

    2
  • geordietom

    Jun 23, 2020 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #11

    repost 3 …

    kev …

    but advise take a step back, take a couple of long breaths , take it from someone who knows its what i do now…

    its ok to defend your corner but to go on and on its not good …

    3
  • Mad Frog Boom 22

    Jun 23, 2020 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #12

    Stop this all madness, not seen money! Ashleys property.

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  • geordietom

    Jun 23, 2020 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #13

    bit*….

    0
  • Mund

    Jun 23, 2020 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #14

    Tom

    3 reposts on one thread you naughty boy….

    1
  • Kevin Vegan

    Jun 23, 2020 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #15

    Munster,

    Not a clue. I’ve heard a lot of speculation, but we’ve had similar things many times that have come to nothing. I don’t think anything I have seen is proof, but there is also no reason to think it’s a complete write-off. Personally, I’m leaning towards it being another fraud. The timing and nature of the reports are all too familiar. It’s happened as soon as play has stopped every window for the last 3-4 years at least, but this one did feel slightly more credible at times. I’m still wary that it’s more smoke and mirrors though. We’ve been here too many times before for me to trust speculation and assumption. I’ll wait for proof.

    1
  • geordietom

    Jun 23, 2020 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #16

    mund …

    once its all done and dusted me and wor lass are gonna try and get a S/T , probably wont get one like. it means traverling from here to newcastle stop at one of the family’s house on the friday night leave after the match …

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  • Kevin Vegan

    Jun 23, 2020 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #17

    GeordieTom,

    So if there’s not been an announcement by new year, you’ll just keep waiting? What about 2022? Or 2040? How old are you mate?

    1
  • Munster Mag

    Jun 23, 2020 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #18

    Ledge, nobody would deny Rafa’s pedigree but to be fair, Bruce has done a similar / better job with nufc at the top level with a broadly similar bunch of players, and has now got to the stage of improving the football. Rafa was apparently under pressure in China to hold his job, and finished mid table. I think its very possible that if Bruce had the same extremely strong squad in the championship, he would also have got us up.

    Rafa clearly is better, but the pasting Bruce took before he had even managed his first game was OTT.

    The change in tone towards a bit more respect for what he has done in the season he has been here is noticeable on the blog too i think.

    Personally I’d prefer a different younger manager to both, but many of us would have taken Arteta ahead of Bruce, and that might not have been so clever.

    1
  • The ledge

    Jun 23, 2020 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #19

    I think we will beat villa i even put a tenner on it .
    2-1 to us id say . Big joe and miggy to score .

    1
  • cleveleysbob

    Jun 23, 2020 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #20

    I’m interested in what PIF’s long term mission is, they’ve bought up the rights for Serie A for the next 3 years, announced they are buying the Bundesliga rights next, they’ve bought a large stake holding in BT and also in Disney, but significantly not in Comcast, the owners of Universal and SKY.

    I’m thinking there’s a plan here to derail, SKY’s dominance in football output, what do you guys think?

    3
  • geordietom

    Jun 23, 2020 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #21

    Mund …

    long time since i’ve been naughty mate … 😀

    1
  • bettyswallocks

    Jun 23, 2020 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #22

    Cans………. The fact that Shelvey is our top goalscorer goes to prove that with a more natural goalscorer playing up front , making space for himself and others and finding better angles of attack , then the link up play with said forward and StMax and Miggy would have been far more fluent and given a far higher number of goals and assists.

    5
  • Kevin Vegan

    Jun 23, 2020 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #23

    GT

    I don’t mean to go on and on mate, but it was Mund that was bringing this up 6+ hours after we both put it to bed, for no reason at all. I lrobably should have just left it but to be honest I’m bored of it and wanted to make my point. I’ve done that now though, and happy to move on. Thanks for putting that so nicely by the way mate 🙂

    2
  • geordietom

    Jun 23, 2020 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #24

    KEV …

    i gave my answer not going into which year this year next year …

    i’m the same age as my gums and a little bit older than my teeth …

    6
  • geordietom

    Jun 23, 2020 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #25

    kev …

    forget it mate move on its not worth the hassle …

    2
  • Mund

    Jun 23, 2020 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #26

    Tom

    Me too mate been waiting years since I started working back from home. For at least 5 years I could of had one but I wouldn’t give Ashley my money no chance but was really tempted because I wanted to support the lads week in week out and I want to take my lad as well but not the greatest atmosphere during this ownership, I want the lad to feel what I felt walking up then steps when I was a youngun. Hopefully mate I can get a couple but no matter what if I can’t I’ll keep trying till I do get one.

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  • Munster Mag

    Jun 23, 2020 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #27

    Munster,

    Not a clue. I’ve heard a lot of speculation, but we’ve had similar things many times that have come to nothing. I don’t think anything I have seen is proof, but there is also no reason to think it’s a complete write-off. Personally, I’m leaning towards it being another fraud. The timing and nature of the reports are all too familiar. It’s happened as soon as play has stopped every window for the last 3-4 years at least, but this one did feel slightly more credible at times. I’m still wary that it’s more smoke and mirrors though. We’ve been here too many times before for me to trust speculation and assumption. I’ll wait for proof.

    ….Personally i think that’s pretty ridiculous Kevin but each to their own. Maybe if the takeover goes through and a video goes up of Staveley manually shovelling the balance of 300million into a bank account entitled ” NUFC Bank Account” , then the doubts might subside a little.

    5
  • Munster Mag

    Jun 23, 2020 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #28

    Mund, you living in the toon yeah?

    0
  • simon376

    Jun 23, 2020 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #29

    Not sure if I saw it here or twitter, but if its right that BT have the rights for the announcement, maybe it will be as they are showing the match tomorrow. Might also help to keep people at home rather than go to the ground as be watching the match on TV

    2
  • Mund

    Jun 23, 2020 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #30

    Munster

    No mate live in the Boro

    0
  • Kevin Vegan

    Jun 23, 2020 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #31

    GT

    I agree, I’ll happily put it to bed now. Thanks again 🙂

    2
  • The ledge

    Jun 23, 2020 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #32

    fair enough munster but bruce hasn’t even had a full season yet .
    He has used rafas system rafas players .
    Your could be right but we will never know because next season would of been the season I would of judged bruce on .
    And if rafa had of still been here this year I think we would of comfortably been in the top 10 .
    And the pasting bruce got before his first match was based on his really bad record in managment nobody wanted him only desperate clubs like us .
    And I’d bet with anyone he will never manage a bigger club than us again .

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  • cleveleysbob

    Jun 23, 2020 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #33

    Lindisfarne, I thought we outplayed SU on Sunday except for 1st 10mins, during which I thought Rose looked awful and off the pace, but after (I presume Bruce) Ritchie and St Max switched wings so Rose had more cover, we improved and were clearly the better team. Plus Rose started to get into the game and ended up playing probably his best performance for us since he joined.

    3
  • onmeedsun

    Jun 23, 2020 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #34

    I will be gutted that we won’t be able to celebrate the parting with Ashley as a collective. Under normal circumstances thousands would descend on the City and the first home game would be like no other. We will just have to keep our powder dry!

    0
  • Mattroge

    Jun 23, 2020 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #35

    This takeover is real. The companies house document is proof.

    0
  • cleveleysbob

    Jun 23, 2020 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #36

    Pubs possibly re-open 4th July, might leave announcement till then, but I doubt it. 🙂

    1
  • Kevin Vegan

    Jun 23, 2020 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #37

    Good to see ASM listed in Garth Crooks’ team of the week on BBC sport. He’s earned his place there. He’s settled in very well and the most exciting player to watch on the ball in the league right now for me.

    1
  • onmeedsun

    Jun 23, 2020 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #38

    Can someone please tell me how we know the bus has moved? Clearly a novice!

    0
  • carltoon

    Jun 23, 2020 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #39

    Rotunda heights, I liked your last few posts. There’s no comparison between Rafa and Bruce, but ones our manager now. So just let’s see how far we can go. Like Hibbit said, we’ll soon find out what the new regime want.

    1
  • DaveD1000

    Jun 23, 2020 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #40

    onmeed
    they will be able to hear the roar in Landin when it is announced bud

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