Earlier today, Jamie Redknapp declared “people have to have more respect for Steve Bruce” amid links with Mauricio Pochettino – an opinion that’s not being shared by one ex-Mag in particular on social media.
Michael Chopra has issued a blunt but difficult to disagree with response to the Sky Sports pundit, stating that people are quick to forget the lack of respect Steve Bruce showed Sheffield Wednesday as he forced a move to St James’ Park last summer.
Here’s what the former Newcastle striker tweeted in the last few moments – with his home truth being agreed upon by many on social media:
I think Bruce is generally a pretty decent bloke, hence why he’s well-liked in the media, but what goes around comes back around, sadly. After all, there’s only so much respect, loyalty and sympathy he can expect ahead of a potential takeover after he turned his back on Sheffield Wednesday just two weeks before their season was due to begin last summer.
Chopra’s agenda towards Steve Bruce was uncalled for last summer, but I can’t help but see the very valid point he’s making here.
Here are the comments he was responding to, shared by Jamie Redknapp on the Sky Sports Football Show this morning:
“People have to have more respect for Steve Bruce because he has done a really good job at Newcastle.
“Why can’t he be given an opportunity?
“Why can’t Steve Bruce be given some money and the chance to show what he can do?
“He’s never had the opportunity before and there’s nothing to say he couldn’t manage a top six club.
“Nothing at all.
“He knows the game inside out.
“Everybody predicted Newcastle would go down this year and he has done a great job with players that aren’t at the top level.”
In all honesty, Redknapp’s deluded if he really does think there’s “nothing at all” to suggest Steve Bruce isn’t capable of managing a top six side.
He’s got the players on side this season, kept us pretty organised and hard to beat at home, but he’s rode his luck and we’ve played frankly awful football for the vast majority of the season.