Steve Bruce really doesn’t help himself sometimes, with him doing little to inspire Newcastle fans in his latest comments about “tactics and all this nonsense”.
The NUFC head coach also prides himself on ‘having a go’, but it seems he needs to take his own advice on this front given the total lack of attacking intent his side has shown so far this season.
Here’s what he’s had to say when speaking to the media about his approach to game following our 5-0 hammering at Leicester last weekend:
“I’ll analyse myself like I always do. What have I done? What have we done this week?
“We changed to a back four to see if we are not comfortable with it.
“Tactics and all this nonsense, the big thing is to have a go and show some pride.
“Unfortunately we’ve let everybody down.”
It may have been a throw away comment, but he appears to play down the importance of tactics, which seems an incredibly foolish move given his lack of them so far during his time on Tyneside.
He can’t expect fans to take him seriously and believe he’s the man for the job if he’s describing tactics as ‘nonsense’ – especially when he’s replacing a tactical master in Rafa Benitez.
If a team is to at least survive in the Premier League, the side needs to be set up well. Each player has to know what their role is within the side, that’s simply not the case at Newcastle under Steve Bruce.
Bruce has said he wants to play on the front foot, however, the way he has set Newcastle up makes it impossible for them to do so.
Miguel Almiron is playing out of position and unable to influence a game properly and summer signing Joelinton is far too isolated. If that’s front foot football, it would be interesting to see what tactically inept looks like!
Bruce stated that he will assess where he’s going wrong, but there’s no need for assessment, it is as clear as day. The Newcastle manager cannot leave it too late to change things, otherwise he will lose his job sooner rather than later.
Another heavy defeat on Sunday against Manchester United would see calls for Bruce’s head become even louder, yet his latest comments do little to suggest he’s ready to change his failed approach.