I write this as I sit on my sofa angry yet entirely unsurprised by the fact relegation rivals Brighton are 3-0 up against a Newcastle United side hurtling towards the Championship under Steve Bruce.
We’ve seen some absolute dross during his dismal stint in the dugout, but this really was a new low – and that’s saying something based on the abysmal standards this man has set since arriving at the club over 18 months ago.
Before tonight, Brighton had won ONE of their last 20 home games in the Premier League. Their biggest win of 2020/21 was their 0-3 win at St James’ Park on the second weekend of the season, yet here we are again – and it could’ve easily been four or five (not to mention the fact we didn’t have a single shot on target!)
This was a game billed as a ‘must-win’ by many and one Bruce vowed to attack, yet THAT is what we got served up on a night that could’ve sent us FIVE points clear of Fulham following their defeat to Leeds last night. I thought Sheffield United away was bad, but this was on another level given the stakes were so high and the opposition so out of form on their own turf.
He lost the plot a long time ago, but tonight it was abundantly clear that Steve Bruce has lost the dressing room. How can any player have faith in a man that sets his team up like that in a game we had to win?!
There is now over two weeks before our next game, giving us one last ideal opportunity to get Steve Bruce out of our club before it’s too late.
It may well be too late given our upcoming fixtures and injury list, however we remain two points clear of Fulham with a game in hand – so I’d argue that an improvement on Bruce (not difficult) and any new manager bounce could yet see us survive at Fulham’s expense if Mike Ashley acts now.
A pathetic display that stunk of relegation and a dinosaur of a manager who needs to go TONIGHT.