If his brand of football isn’t bad enough, one thing that’s infuriating about Steve Bruce is his total lack of self-awareness and ability to blame everyone but himself after a defeat.
Following last night’s abysmal display against a previously winless Sheffield United, it appears the NUFC boss spent most of his post-match interview bemoaning the penalty call, VAR’s decision not to send Billy Sharp off and the fact Ryan Fraser’s red card ‘ruined’ his plans to change it – how convenient!
That’s not all, however, with him also referencing the busy festive period and the fact we are a ‘bottom half side’ as reasons why bad runs like this were inevitable.
Watch his angry rant at VAR below, followed by his post-match excuses in full:
“You know when the referee goes to the screen it will be a penalty – it’s pathetic. It’s beyond me.
“And then there’s a horror challenge by Billy Sharp, that should be a straight red card. It’s blatant. They didn’t check it. It’s laughable the whole VAR situation and I don’t think anyone enjoys it.
“I’m struggling to cope with it. Week in week out, it’s ruining the game .
“We needed half-time to change things around but the sending off meant we were hamstrung. It was disappointing.
“We didn’t give ourselves a chance going forward and we didn’t create.
“When you are in the bottom half you can end up having a run like this. We had a decent start.
“We knew the festive period would be difficult and tonight would be.“
Interesting that he says, “we didn’t give ourselves a chance going forward and we didn’t create”. Shock horror Steve, it’s pretty hard to when your negative 5-4-1 formation consists of Dummett at wing-back, a midfield featuring Hayden, Hendrick and Sean Longstaff and an attack that has Ryan Fraser as the only creative force to feed a woefully isolated Callum Wilson.
His team selection and tactics were abysmal and he got what he deserved – yet it’s the referee, VAR, our passing, Ryan Fraser and the festive period that’s at fault.
He also claimed that it’s “poor” for the game to be decided on a so-called dubious VAR decision (see below), but in truth I’d far prefer if he focused on why his negative tactics and fearful was not just ‘poor’ but frankly pathetic when facing a side who’d not in 17 games before last night!
He’s either stubborn, in denial or just that much of a dinosaur he can’t see through the absolute rubbish