Steve Bruce has revealed his “biggest frustration” and the big thing that “upsets” him most as Newcastle United manager – the inconsistency of his players.
Considering he’s used five different formations in our opening eight games and regularly chopped and changed the players used within those systems, I find it hard his comments hard accept.
OK, the team that did well in the win over Everton was the exact same side who were appalling at Southampton, however I’d argue that our approach to the game and naive tactics were as poor as the players performance.
Here’s what Steve Bruce has had to say in his latest interview with The Chronicle:
“It’s the biggest frustration that I have.
“Since I have been here in the last 18 months we didn’t look anywhere near that (vs Everton).
“It’s right, it’s the inconsistency that is the big thing that upsets me the most because we didn’t look anywhere near where we were the game before.
“We were nowhere near where we’d been five days earlier.”
Don’t get me wrong, an element of the blame has to lie with the players, who just didn’t turn up at Southampton or get anywhere near their energy levels, however it feels like the blame can never lie at Bruce’s door.
Also, when he talks about ‘inconsistency’ I’d say we’ve been consistently poor this season. Aside from a decent display on the opening day and well deserved wins over Burnley and Everton, we’ve been pretty awful against Brighton, Spurs, Man Utd, Wolves and Southampton.
Bruce continually claims it’s “work in progress”, but is it not time he took a look at himself now he’s over 16 months into the job and still struggling to know his best team – let alone formation!