We think Steve Bruce did a commendable job last season in keeping Newcastle in the Premier League.
The Geordie manager also managed to keep us free of the relegation zone, so it was an easier season for Newcastle fans to handle.
There was less anxiety than in the previous two seasons.
Given the very low bar we set for Bruce at the start of the season, we thought we’d be struggling all season with relegation, Steve did very well.
And that’s what Sky Sports pundit Charlie Nicholas thinks.
The former Scottish striker has graded the Premier League clubs and Steve and Newcastle get a respectable “B” grade.
Only Sheffield United (B+) and Liverpool (A+) got better grades than Newcastle for last season, which is surprising.
Steve Bruce – did well last season
This is what Charlie wrote in his Sky Sports review of the PL teams:
“Some Newcastle fans are questioning how dare we suggest Steve Bruce has done as good a job as Rafa Benitez, but come on guys, he has.”
“A lot of people didn’t want him there, didn’t like the style, but I think he’s been more attacking than Rafa.”
“Not as well-drilled defensively, but for what he had, and what he’s done, Allan Saint-Maximin’s been a good signing, Miguel Almiron has enjoyed himself, Joelinton’s been a bit of a disaster though.”
“He ended up playing a decent attacking style which Newcastle fans would, if they’re sitting over their beer in the stadium, say he did a good job but not as good as Rafa – you’d say really?”
“The position he finished in the league? There wasn’t even one bit of sweat on the brow about going down, which you got with Rafa.”
We finished in 13th place – about the same points and position as we finished the previous two seasons under the great Rafa Benitez.
Steve Bruce will not get the plaudits he deserves for last season, because as he is only too willing to tell you – he’s not everybody’s cup of tea.
But he kept us in the Premier League and out of relegation trouble and that enabled the takeover to go forward, so it was a job well done.
What do you think about Nicholas’ grade for Newcastle?
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