With his appointment deemed ‘imminent’, it sadly feels like time to have a closer look at the man set to take over at St James’ Park this week – Steve Bruce.
He’s not been up to much in recent years, having uninspiring spells in the Championship with Aston Villa and Sheffield Wednesday following some highs and lows with Hull, but his Premier League record is pretty damning.
Here’s how his Premier League record compares to previous Newcastle United managers Rafa Benitez, Kevin Keegan, Sam Allardyce, Joe Kinnear, Alan Pardew and Steve McClaren:
He has been with several clubs battling to stay up – unlike Benitez and Keegan – but his record is extremely underwhelming, with his teams averaging just over a goal per game and 1.12 points per game.
Some say Rafa ‘worked miracles’ to keep us up, and the squad he had has been weakened severely this summer, with Rondon, Perez, Diame and Kenedy all gone and no one player signed.
With that and Benitez’s far superior managerial record in mind, Bruce will need to be handed some very decent signings over the next month if he’s to have any chance of keeping us up.
That said, who on earth are we going to attract in our current position? Not to mention the fact Mike Ashley would have to fund any deals – a man who was reluctant to give Rafa Benitez money to spend, never mind Steve Bruce.
Losing Rafa Benitez was bad enough, but replacing him with Bruce’s recent record just speaks volumes about Mike Ashley’s level of ambition.
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