During an appearance on talkSPORT, Steve Bruce has mocked a “so-called” ant-Ashley protest held by “12 people” following Rafa Benitez’s exit – saying he’s confident fans will ‘stand behind their team’ instead of boycotting.
Having no doubt been briefed by Keith Bishop Associates, Bruce showed a complete disregard for the current mood of the fanbase – and the fact he also suggests the issues at the club have been ‘blown out of proportion’ is another insult to us Newcastle fans.
Is he going to promote a boycott? Of course not, but almost mocking the fact few turned up at an initial demonstration outside of St James’ Park following Rafa’s exit does little to prove his ‘Geordie’ status – and goes a long way to proving he is Mike Ashley’s puppet after all.
Here’s what he said during his chat to talkSPORT last night:
It is nothing personal against Bruce, but his record speaks for itself, and this interview does little to suggest he is anything other than a yes man.
Stating that we were ‘only in the Championship two years ago’ is another foolish comment, mind. It’s as if it serves as an early warning to keep expectations low, despite the fact we had a world class manager at the helm in Rafa behind just two months ago!
Wake up Steve – we were in the Championship because of Mike Ashley, we lost Rafa because of Mike Ashley and fans have a right to protest because of guess who? Mike Ashley!
I know Bruce is probably trying to get fans on side after accepting a job that was going to be a poisoned chalice for any man replacing Rafa Benitez, but his praise of Mike Ashley combined with the disregard he’s shown towards unhappy NUFC fans leaves a sour taste in my mouth – especially coming from a man who’s adamant he’s not a ‘puppet’.
Our club is sleepwalking into the abyss and slowly sinking as we allow newly promoted clubs to come into the league and immediately show more ambition to overtake us.
23 years ago today we paid a world record fee for Alan Shearer of £15m.
Who knows what he would be worth in today’s market but one thing is for sure, he would not be joining Newcastle United under this regime.