The ‘Geordie’ has been absolutely full of it following his arrival as our new head coach, and who could blame him given his days as a Premier League manager looked long gone, however he’s changed his tune significantly when you look back on what he had to say during his time on Wearside 10 years ago.
Here’s what Bruce had to say about managing Newcastle back in 2009 – comments which totally contradict what he’s now saying a decade later after landing his ‘dream’ job:
Steve Bruce 2009 – (Sunderland’s manager)
“Managing Newcastle has never been my dream.
“This opportunity at Sunderland has everything I want – the infrastructure, the fanbase, an ambitious chairman and an ambitious new owner.
“I don’t need anything else – I have everything here. Everything you look for as a manager is here at Sunderland.”
Steve Bruce 2019 – (NUFC ‘head coach’)
“To be given the opportunity now, I’m like any other Geordie. I’ve lived the dream.
“If you can’t play for them then of course, if you’re a Geordie, what better thing than to take the No 1 seat.”
Some will say ‘give him a chance’, or ‘stop dragging up the past’, but it’s fair to say these comments won’t sit well with most Newcastle United fan given he’s totally milked the fact he’s a ‘Geordie’ and ‘local lad’ since landing this ‘dream job’ at NUFC.
I hope he proves me wrong and manages to keep us up over the coming season, but you have to question his Geordie status based on A) his decision to join our closest rivals and B) the remarks he made about NUFC during his spell at the Stadium of Light.