Steve Bruce has insisted he’ll “never walk away from the challenge” and leave it up to Mike Ashley when asked about fans calling for him to resign following tonight’s abysmal defeat to Sheffield United.
In what was perhaps one of the most negative, passive and sloppy performances you’re ever likely to see from a side facing a winless team woefully low on confidence, we sat deep and gifted the Blades chance after chance – and were eventually punished as a red card and penalty helped them to a 1-0 win.
That said, it was the 5-4-1 formation, fielding of FOUR centre-backs, zero creativity and just one striker in Callum Wilson that left fans angry before the game kicked off…yet things only got worse as Bruce got what he deserved in the 90 minutes that followed.
Here’s what Bruce told reporters when told about calls for him to resign after tonight’s abysmal defeat:
“Look, you’re asking the wrong person about that…
“I will leave it to other people to decide.
“I’ll never, ever walk away from a challenge
“I’ve been in it long enough to have that respect.”
“But I understand that, especially watching the first half, we weren’t good enough and, at the end of the day I take the responsibility for that because I pick the team.”
Bruce has bemoaned the VAR decisions that went against us and Fraser’s red card, but that can’t mask what was a truly appalling performance from start to finish.
As for Bruce’s ‘resilient’ response to those calling for him to go, his stubborn approach makes you question if ‘local lad’ Bruce really is a Newcastle United fan. After all, he’d walk rather than wait for his pay out if he really cared about this club – because we’re only going in one direction if he continues to set up this capable group of player THAT badly.
If he won’t leave, it’s time for Mike Ashley to protect his asset and get rid.