We were among those who were not too happy when Mike Ashley brought in Steve Bruce to replace Rafa Benitez last summer as manager.
The club was in China and in turmoil and not for the first time under our current owner.
But Bruce has done much better than we thought he would, and he has shown he is an experienced and savvy manager who got the players behind him almost immediately.
And there’s not much BS comes from the Geordie manager as he has transformed Newcastle over the last 8 games or so to be a lot more of an attacking side.
And the team looked flowing and brilliant last night at Bournemouth in the 4-1 win, and the home side were no match for this free-flowing Newcastle side.
If the Cherries can’t play better than they did against the Magpies, especially in defense where we ran them ragged, they could well be relegated this month.
Steve Bruce – making a good case to remain at Newcastle
West Ham, who we play in London on Saturday had a surprise 3-2 home win against Chelsea and move 3 points clear of 3rd bottom Bournemouth.
Former Liverpool full-back Stephen Warner had these complimentary things to say to BBC Radio 5Live, about the Newcastle manager:
“I love Steve Bruce. I think he is brilliant at what he does and what he brings to a club,”
“This is now like an audition for the new owners coming in to show the diversity of what he can do.”
“‘I am not just a defensive manager and once I have got the right players and the right formation this is what I can do.”
“Don’t forget this was Bournemouth who are bang average at the moment, but if there ever was a time to try a new formation and to try things, tonight was the time.”
“They are safe and it was the right time to do it and credit to the players and credit to the manager.”
“He has done a terrific job and the Newcastle fans weren’t happy with him coming in but Rafa Benitez did not play exciting football.”
“Steve Bruce has gone in there, done a similar job, got paid a fraction of what Rafa did, and he is doing a better job than what Rafa did.”
Newcastle are in 13th position but just 4 points behind 7th placed Arsenal in the league.
We have won three and drawn one of the last four league games for a good 10 points – and since the restart of the Premier League, we have scored 8 goals in 3 games and reduced our goal difference to a more decent -10.
Next up are the Hammers on Sunday with a 2:15pm kickoff, and a win is even possible in that game against the 5th bottom side.
That’s what Bruce and the boys will be hoping for and the manager will use his squad again for this game, with quite a few of our players in top form at the moment.
Howay The Lads!!