Quite often, managers will be defined by not just their results but what they say. There’s supposed to be a lot of weight in a manager’s words. Their words can echo round the club corridors like a memento of what makes the club something for the fans.
Newcastle have been treated to some perfect, era-defining quotes from managers such as Robson’s “What is a club in any case?” to Benitez’s “We are not a stepping stone.” Many will point at Kevin Keegan’s “I would love it” moment as his most iconic, but the one that sticks in my mind is that beautiful, damning destruction of Ashley’s reign insisting that “He is one man. We are a city.”
I’m glad I reminded myself of these quotes, because Steve Bruce has now made his era-defining statement; confirming everything I thought about the man, the pathetic excuse of his management and the absolute falseness of his fan credentials.
His statement reads as the following:
“What do you gauge as success?
“I gauge success last year as matching Rafa’s tally of points.
“He was a world-class manager. Where did he finish (10th & 13th)?
“Is that success?
“We matched the mighty Rafa.”
The part that really irks me here is that last bit. That last snarky, sarcastic, nasty comment should define him for the disrespect he consistently shows us fans no he’s completely lost the plot.
How dare we dream and enjoy something under a different manager! How dare we look forwards towards a better future! How dare we take more heed from the words of greater men that him!
He really is the most spineless, narcissistic cretin of a person and shows how he cannot be ever considered a real Geordie.
For context, Steve, we were promoted as champions with Rafa after he decided to stay at what could have been a sinking ship, he gained us a top 10 finish on a shoestring budget, he had a clear plan from day dot and he didn’t insult the fans with nauseating negative comments every time he was asked to speak about the club.
Rafael Benitez was adored by many of the fanbase because of the message of his era-defining statement, whilst you are despised for the message of yours.
He then follows up this absolute detritus of an opinion with this:
“I’ve been in it and managed nearly 500 games in the Premier League and would like to think that deserves a little bit of respect.
“When you are on a bad run, of course, accept it.
“But some of the stuff has bordered on being outrageous.
“Maybe people need to change and give the club a little bit of respect rather than always being negative.”
“Unless that changes it doesn’t matter who will sit here, anybody could. That is why it is so difficult.”
God only knows if he understands the irony of his statement on ‘negativity’ from the press and fans on social media, because it’s one of the most ridiculous things to come out of his mouth (and there’s been a lot).
I’m not going to comment much more on this but instead flip it around to him: Maybe you need to change and give the club a little bit of respect rather than always being negative. After all, this is the man who played a 5-4-1 formation featuring four centre-backs and only two attacking players in the entire line up against a rock bottom Sheffield United who hadn’t won a league game for SIX months until Bruce-ball rocked up.
Steve Bruce is the luckiest man in football to live in a world where Newcastle fans can’t currently visit St James’s Park, because I can promise him that he would know our true, vehement, unrestrained feelings if we could.