Steve Bruce has confessed this week that Newcastle United will be his last job in football – and has revealed his long-term plans for the club in a bid to go out in style.
The 59-year-old states that his aim in the next “two to three years” is to get us back into the top 10, then going on to say top 8, competing to win a cup each season and challenging for the European places are his long-term goals after that.
Speaking exclusively to The Telegraph, here’s what the Newcastle boss has had to say:
“I think this will be the last job for me, if I can make a success of this one, if I can get Newcastle back into the top ten in the next two to three years.
“If in the long-term, I can get them back into the top eight, competing to win a cup every season, challenging for a place in Europe.
“I can’t think of a better way to sign out…
The Northumberland-born NUFC boss clearly wants nothing more than to make a success of what appears to be his final spell in management at St James’ Park, however I think it’s fair to say both he and we will have to improve significantly over the coming years if we’re to get anywhere near his goals.
On the subject of improving, Bruce then discussed his transfer plans heading into the summer:
“The plan is to grow and improve.
“We will add three or four quality players in the summer to the experienced core we have got – players like Miguel Almiron and Allan Saint-Maximin, who everybody can see have improved us.
“We have identified transfer targets and when this (current Coronavirus virus) blows over, we will make the moves to get them.
“We know what we need.”
It would be brilliant to see us back in the top 10, competing for cups regularly and pushing for Europe, yet that feels a distant dream based on some of the football we’ve seen at times this season.
Let’s hope we continue from where we left off when football finally returns and that Bruce can build on this four at the back formation that appeared to be working much better.
Good luck to him. As fans we want to see him do well, it’s just tough to see us kicking on in the long-term under the current regime.
Hopefully Bruce can prove us wrong and sign out in style!