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Bruce ‘Would Desperately Want Fans In The Ground’ Despite Potential Backlash



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.”

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228 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 2, 2021 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #1

    Oh dear, I forgot he’s been at it this morning, are his full quotes out.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 2, 2021 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #2

    Here we go:
    Steve Bruce on critics:
    “Certain individuals are entitled to their opinion – of course, they are – but I’m determined to see it through and that’s what I’ll try and do.” #nufc

    1
  • Regan

    Apr 2, 2021 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #3

    #bruceisaknacker

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  • bettyswallocks

    Apr 2, 2021 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #4

    Brucie’s now on a personal crusade to prove his critics wrong and avoid relegation.
    He has depressed , angered , tortured and frustrated the club’s fans more than any other manager in the club’s history and is now making our predicament all about him.

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  • Tackle from behind

    Apr 2, 2021 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #5

    Bruce: “Look, I would desperately want the fans in the ground. Absolutely 100%”

    Erm, you probably wouldn’t though – 50,000 “opinions” that close to you would soon see your “determination” turn to termination.

    15
  • toon22

    Apr 2, 2021 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #6

    The clowns not got a clue
    The worst manager in the clubs history

    Every time he opens his pie hole
    Excrement escapes

    15
  • hibbit

    Apr 2, 2021 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #7

    bettyswallocks you including Bruce in this “everyone deserves a second chance malarkey” ??

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  • toon22

    Apr 2, 2021 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #8

    Maybe he’s just so good the players just don’t understand him
    Like he’s on some other level beyond their comprehension

    Deluded
    Liar
    Narcissists

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  • toon22

    Apr 2, 2021 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #9

    He’s taken me of the most expensive squads the clubs ever had
    With at the time a solution d base , a well run team

    And turned it into an utter cack show
    We would struggle in the championship

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  • hibbit

    Apr 2, 2021 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #10

    well that’s me off to enjoy my birthday lunch , be good !!

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  • toon22

    Apr 2, 2021 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #11

    Auto correct on this phone is shocking

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  • Tackle from behind

    Apr 2, 2021 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #12

    Shame here Spoon 22

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  • Wor B

    Apr 2, 2021 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #13

    Haha

    The ghost of Tsunki’s otter crypt.

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  • bettyswallocks

    Apr 2, 2021 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #14

    Hibbit…….. Yes Bruce deserves a second chance to admit that he’s totally clueless and should be nowhere near the management of a Premier League Football Club.

    If he fails to take up the chance to accept that he’s made many thousands of fan’s lives a misery with his pretence and ineptitude then I’m afraid justice should be served on him in a more medieval way. Stoning him in a pit springs to mind. Any other suggestions welcome.

    6
  • toon22

    Apr 2, 2021 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #15

    LOL

    It’s never Jabbas fault
    Auto correct sentences on this phone have a very turd theme

    2
  • toon22

    Apr 2, 2021 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #16

    Made to watch every game he’s managed for us on a loop

    1
  • Regan

    Apr 2, 2021 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #17

    We she throw him in an oubliette…

    And let people do their business on him..

    1
  • WLtoon

    Apr 2, 2021 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #18

    Good afternoon fellow Tooners, i hope you all have a cracking Easter weekend, hopefully a decent display on Sunday will give us all a boost.
    I`m actually looking forward to the game, missed the last 3, that might of been a blessing tbh.

    Re Jib, nothing to do with me why he has been banned from here, and never had a problem with him, all i do know is that there has been some disgusting comments on here, even worse personal attacks on certain individuals who in turn react with even worse insults, which have been nothing to to with Jib.
    All that follows is a ticking off, or , at worst, a few days on the naughty step.
    So , for Jib to be banned indefinitely , he must of really went OTT with the blog monitors, simple as that. if that IS the case as some posters are suggesting, then he deserves everything he gets.

    12
  • Tackle from behind

    Apr 2, 2021 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #19

    Public flogging using a streaky bacon whip.

    1
  • Wor B

    Apr 2, 2021 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #20

    Noted Regan

    🙂

    1
  • lesh

    Apr 2, 2021 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #21

    Bruce wants the fans in the ground?

    He’s either realised he’s alienated supporters and is trying to appeal to them or he’s of a mind that his critics are a few keyboard warriors.

    Either way, he’s up to his neck in clarts and is desperate for personal support.

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  • Regan

    Apr 2, 2021 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #22

    Wor..
    I won’t win…

    I never win anything mate..lol..

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  • lesh

    Apr 2, 2021 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #23

    Hibbit

    Enjoy your birthday and gan canny on the vino collapse.

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  • Tackle from behind

    Apr 2, 2021 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #24

    Wor B

    Is the word of the day limited only to sesquipedalian words?

    Asking for a friend who suffers from pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis.

    2
  • Regan

    Apr 2, 2021 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #25

    “Hes up to his neck in the clarts”

    It’s at times like this he wishes he was taller..

    1
  • lesh

    Apr 2, 2021 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #26

    bettyswallocks

    You know as well as I that Bruce won’t admit he’s made mistakes.

    But, would you give him the chance to redeem himself, show us he’s a good coach next season?

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  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 2, 2021 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #27

    How many chances has Jib had previously and he continues to take the absolute – – – out of the Harrisons with his alts etc. Look how much he puts this blog down on twitter which Mund strangely gives him likes for and comes on here like butter wouldn’t melt.

    Jib can’t help being obnoxious and we still have enough wums on here without recalling the biggest one of all. Do people really think he will change? Ok he’s come a way from being Jeff the cross dresser from Benwell but he’ll always have that superiority complex and think he knows more than any of us, even though his constantly comical google misinformation was legendary.

    Actually thinking about Jib’s howlers and desperate attempts to recover from them is something I do miss.

    23
  • WLtoon

    Apr 2, 2021 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #28

    Hibbit,

    Happy Birthday mate, have a great day

    0
  • lesh

    Apr 2, 2021 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #29

    Tackle

    @24

    Or malapropisms?

    0
  • Wor B

    Apr 2, 2021 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #30

    Tackle

    No limits, but also no rhyme or reason when dispensing the rosettes.

    As DubiaMicky discovered last night.

    😉

    1
  • geordietom

    Apr 2, 2021 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #31

    is there any bread left , prefer buns mesell …

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  • geordietom

    Apr 2, 2021 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #32

    lows and highs of Newcastle United , been there done that went to my first match when i was five years old … 62 years ago ,so yea ive seen some shit at wor club …

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  • Regan

    Apr 2, 2021 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #33

    Tom..

    Always thought you were a good CHAPatti..

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  • bettyswallocks

    Apr 2, 2021 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #34

    Lesh…….. I’d invite you over for a few Easter celebratory bevvies in the club . Trouble is old boy, I couldn’t guarantee you receiving a warm welcome from the other chaps. You see I don’t think they would take too kindly to someone with such extreme political views. Not that it would bother me of course.

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  • ArtyH

    Apr 2, 2021 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #35

    O.K, so some so called “fans” return to the ground and shout abuse..to what end? Do they really think it will make a difference? Will it spur on the team? Will it help to keep the club in the EPL, again to what end, another year in the groundhog scenario? While the owner pockets another EPL paycheck at the expense of the real fans who have tried to end the cycle by staying at home and far away from the toxicity of the club and all that goes on there. I am sick of having to stay away from the club as my form of protest about the way the club is mishandled, I want to return but refuse to give a penny to the regimen which is milking the club and taking the p!$h!
    Now is the perfect time to display an empty stadium and show solidarity and the MSM together with the $ly camera’s its all gone too far and the real fans have chosen to get rid of the problems bringing down the club.
    If however anyone is happy with the way the club is heading, go watch the fine display of, ehhh, is it football on display? Aren’t we Geordies supposed to know what football is all about, and know a good team from the pile that has been masquerading at our club, the time is now to show the world we have had enough and need a change!

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  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 2, 2021 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #36

    Bruce would get away with having fans during 90+ minutes now as we are desperate and need to support the team with only 9 games left. If we lost, however, he couldn’t get out of sjp quicker enough.

    Bruce is either really disingenuous or totally thick and insensitve, take your pick.
    He knows fine well there’d have been riots before if fans had been let in.

    4
  • lesh

    Apr 2, 2021 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #37

    Geordietom

    You’re trying to start yourself on another roll?

    Some would say you’re off your crust but no, there’s more than a crumb of sanity in your posts.

    1
  • Mund

    Apr 2, 2021 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #38

    Ok Rotonda the voice of the blog :thumb up thingy:

    6
  • Tackle from behind

    Apr 2, 2021 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #39

    Lesh

    Think we had Malcolm Chisolms the other day.

    0
  • geordietom

    Apr 2, 2021 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #40

    regan …

    pmsfl mate

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