More alarming quotes have emerged from Steve Bruce, highlighting how much he’s changed his tune and lost the plot since discussing his aims for 2020/21 over the summer.
Like many fans out there, his latest set of comments left me unmotivated, frustrated and uninspired, so goodness knows how the players feel reading it!
The man who vowed to take us forward, play attractive football and push towards the top 10 after bringing in several of his top targets over the summer is now saying this…
“All the fans are like we are – we have to accept where we are.
“My remit is to make sure that Newcastle stay and remain a Premier League outfit.
“That’s what I’ll try to achieve.
“That’s where we’ve been for the last three or four years.
“It’s as straightforward as that.”
No, it’s not! Why do we “have to accept” such abysmal standards? Aston Villa were an unbelievably bad VAR decision away from being relegated last season.
On Sunday morning they were sat 6th after beating Crystal Palace 3 – 0 with ten-men in a second half they won 2 – 0. Now that’s progress! Way to set the bar high and raise our expectations Steve.
Interestingly, or should I say ‘unbelievably’, here’s what Bruce said about his targets for ‘next season’ on the final day of 2019/20 (July 27th, 2020):
“We’re disappointed that we faded a bit at the death. We’re disappointed not to overtake last year’s tally
“But if someone said at the start of the season ‘would you be happy to finish with seven teams below you?’ we’d have taken that.
“But that’s not enough. We want to push for the top 10 on a regular basis and not look over our shoulders.”
“It’s not about finishing above six or seven teams. We can’t be happy with 13th.”
The last line was him vowing to push for more and aim for progress in 2020/21, yet you just need to look at his comments after Saturday night’s defeat at Man City to see how he’s let his standards slip just a few months later…
“Of course, for Newcastle, in a lot of people’s eyes, that isn’t going to be enough (only just staying up.
“But that is where we are at the moment. We have to accept it and keep trying to move it a little bit forward.”
We don’t have to accept it and won’t but we are realists and realise that until Ashley leaves the Club and the new owners sack Bruce then we’re going to have to put up with it!
Bruce offered only clipped answers when asked by Chronicle Live to expand on the “mass hysteria” that supposedly followed the -1-0 loss to Brentford:
“There’s been a lot of criticism of the way we limped out of the cup, so the one thing you need is a response.
“It was always going to be difficult coming here, but I couldn’t have asked for any more in terms of the commitment and attitude shown by them.
“I’ll let other people judge that.”
Thanks Steve and in my judgement not only was last night unacceptable the Brentford game was completely unforgivable and always will be in my opinion. It was an absolute disgrace.
I for one think his remit against Man. City is to surrender before we start and keep the score down. I really can’t assess that any differently from what I’m seeing.
“We had a bad week, but some of the mass hysteria, in my opinion, was unfair.
“A lot of it was not right, in my opinion.
“I’m probably going to say that, but that’s my opinion on it.”
Frankly I’m sick of his assessments, but it certainly sounds as if his tune has changed, he’s feeling the pressure, even his “mates” are turning against him and we’re being sold down the Tyne.