How Paul Merson avoided the cull on Soccer Saturday along with Phil Thompson, Charlie Nicholas and Matt Le Tissier is beyond me.
He truly is one of the most embarrassing ‘experts’ in football right now and his latest rant about Steve Bruce and Matt Ritchie is frankly unsurprising in its stupidity.
Check it out here:
First off… what? Just… what?
So, Merson believes the first thing that Steve Bruce should be doing is attempting to embarrass one of the players?
How is forcing Matt Ritchie to play in a Number 10 role solving a single thing? If Bruce were to do that then it would establish him further as an extremely petty man and would further ruin the team dynamics by forcing a player to play in an unfamiliar position.
The idea that Ritchie’s teammates would be fine and dandy with Bruce actively trying to embarrass one of their friends whilst also risking a game of football during a time that we’re desperate for points is ludicrous.
Also, this definition of what “a coward is all about”… to quote Alan Partridge “I’m sorry, that was just a noise.”
Matt Ritchie hasn’t been one of the first names on the team sheet for a good while now and, in better circumstances, I would have thought we would have upgraded on him by now, but questioning his effort is laughable.
The last piece of nonsense Merson spouts is all about “respect” and how he wouldn’t play someone who doesn’t respect him. Well, maybe Merson should pause for a second and consider context here. Why are we at a point that a player as senior and well-respected as Matt Ritchie isn’t showing respect to the manager?
Tim Sherwood touches on the idea but then shies away from it, but what is stopping Callum Wilson from being the next person to fall out with Bruce?
We have numerous reports now of player unrest under Bruce and know that he’s fallen out with a number of players so it is well within the realms of possibility that Wilson could be the next person to call out Bruce. Many fans of touched on it throughout the season, but it would be completely understandable for Wilson to be disappointed that he chose Newcastle over Aston Villa and the one reason that disappointment would exist is Bruce.
Merson needs to consider why respect for Steve Bruce is so hard to come by. Both Newcastle fans and Newcastle players have a lack of respect for the man and that’s because of what he does and says as a manager.