During Steve Bruce’s press conference this morning, he was asked a lot about his tenuous position as Newcastle’s head coach after the dreadful result at Brighton two weeks ago. He revealed very little other than what we’ve heard over the past few weeks.
Bruce confirmed that he’s received support from Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley while reaffirming his stance that he will not walk away. He was also asked about the recent poll in the Chronicle in which 95% of the 14,000 who responded wanted him to be replaced.
While Bruce did seem aware of the poll, he maintained that he was not taking any notice of it. He also dispelled a recent claim that he was involved in intense meetings with Lee Charnley.
Bruce said the following about his meetings with Charnley:
“Lee Charnley comes down to the training ground every week. There’s nothing different in that. Nothing different whatsoever in that.
“He comes down every week to see how things are. There’s nothing new or different in that. That’s the way it works.”
The next question was asked by The Telegraph’s Luke Edwards, who had originally reported about the ‘frantic meetings’ earlier in the week. Edwards followed up on Bruce’s response about the poll by asking about what the potential atmosphere would be like in St. James’ Park if fans were allowed to attend matches.
This was Bruce’s verdict on whether having fans back in the stadium now would be positive or negative considering the poor form the team is in:
“Look, I would desperately want the fans in the ground. Absolutely 100%.
“Without them, then we’re just like every other club, playing behind closed doors. For me, we’ve all got sort of used to it a little bit.
“When we see the internationals and we see 4 or 5 thousand at the game. It makes a difference.
“Look I would want the supporters in because that’s what it’s all about. We’ve missed them dreadfully.
“I am sure at this particular time they’d get behind the team. That’s the most important thing. Look we’re in a scrap, we’re in a fight – let’s get ready for it.
“Certainly, the supporters would play their part in it. I’m absolutely convinced they would, to try and drive us over the line in certain situations.”