After scrolling through Twitter following Sky’s damning claims that Newcastle will now make an ‘official approach’ for ‘no.1’ target Steve Bruce, I came across a brilliant but equally disturbing series of tweets.
Here’s a ‘comparison thread’ shared by @ByTheMinNUFC – a series of must-read posts for Mike Ashley before he replaces Rafa Benitez with Steve Bruce:
Rafa Benitez: Valladolid, Osasuna, Extremadura, Tenerife, Valencia, Liverpool, Inter Milan, Chelsea, Napoli, Real Madrid, Newcastle
Steve Bruce: Sheff Utd, Huddersfield, Wigan, Crystal Palace, Birmingham City, Sunderland, Hull City, Aston Villa, Sheff Wednesday.
Major Trophies Won
Rafa Benitez: La Liga (x2), UEFA Cup, FA Cup, Champions League, UEFA Super Cup, Italian Super Cup, FIFA World Club Cup, Europa League, EFL Championship.
Steve Bruce: None.
Rafa Benitez: La Liga Best Coach, UEFA Manager of the Year (x2), European Coach of the Year, LMA Special Merit Award, Premier League Manager of the Month (x7), Championship Manager of the Month.
Steve Bruce: Championship Manager of the Month
Rafa Benitez: Manager for 960 matches with a 51.7% win rate. Has accumulated 1705 points at a 1.78 points per match ratio.
Steve Bruce: Manager for 762 matches with a 38.4% win rate. Has accumulated 1061 points with a 1.39 points per match ratio.
Top Players Signed
Rafa Benitez: Gonzalo Higuain, Fernando Torres, Mateo Kovacic, Robbie Keane, Javier Mascherano, Dirk Kuyt, Xavi Alonso
Steve Bruce: Asamoah Gyan, Michael Turner, Abel Hernandez, Darren Bent, Scott Hogan, Emile Heskey, Connor Wickham.
Players Used Most Often
Rafa Benitez: Jamie Carragher, Steven Gerrard, Pepe Reina, Sami Hyypia, Xavi Alonso
Steve Bruce: Ahmed Elmohamady, James Chester, Damien Johnson, Mail Taylor, Kenny Cunningham.
The stats and facts speak for themselves.
I won’t slate Bruce if he does get the job, I’ll question how on earth Mike Ashley feels this is A) an adequate Rafa Benitez replacement or B) a manager who will keep this ordinary squad in the Premier League over the coming season.