Steve Bruce has declared that he’s now “going to do is his way” in an expletive-filled embargoed section of his press conference earlier today.
The quotes see him not only describe Tuesday’s first half display as “frigging hopeless” and “absolutely *****”, but also see him announce that he’s now going to rip up his previous approach (presumably five at the back) and play more front football.
So, it seems he’s going to FINALLY opt for four at the back and a more attacking set up on a regular basis – something he claims to have not done enough (you’re telling us, Steve!).
Mind you, I’m sure he’s said this before (albeit far less aggressively!) and immediately reverted back to a five-man defence as soon as we play someone half decent…
Nevertheless, here’s what he’s had to say in his explosive press conference:
“If I was a supporter, I’d be concerned as well after watching the first half.
“We were absolutely frigging hopeless the other night
“Absolute *****, we were.”
“The gloves are off now… I’m going to do it my way now.
“We’re certainly comfortable with the central defenders we’ve got because week in, week out they’re arguably our most consistent players.
“Okay, we’ve played a certain way to try to make sure we get the results that we need.
“It’s pragmatic. But I’ve said from day one the way I wanted to play – more on the front foot. I haven’t done it enough.
“It’s something I’ve toyed with since I’ve been at the club and, for me, to change is sometimes difficult for them.
“We all like being comfortable. I’m going to do it the way I see fit and see where we are.”
It’s as if someone else was picking the team and deciding on tactics up until now. Laughable comments from a man who sounds well and truly rattled.
Seriously though, we’ve won just TWO of our last 24 games when starting with a back five, so I think it’s about time you changed it, Steve!
That said, his comments come across as if he’s lost the plot – and it feels like he’s in serious danger of losing the dressing room too (if he hasn’t already) when speaking so badly of a side HE has failed on countless occasions this season.
After all, it’s one thing playing five at the back, but to have Paul Dummett at wing-back, ZERO creativity in midfield and nothing but an unfit Ryan Fraser nowhere near an isolated Callum Wilson away to bottom of the table Sheffield United is another!
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