Results of a survey by The Chronicle recently surfaced revealing that 13,300 out of just over 14,000 fans want Steve Bruce removed as manager of Newcastle United. I think it would be fair to say that the 95% would probably be higher if there was an adequate block on Mackems, Mancs and pundits.
This is quite a damning statistic for Steve Bruce and the club to face – especially when the shameless NUFC boss previously labelled our reaction to bad form as “histrionics” and fans “keyboard warriors” for voicing their concerns.
I’m sure that Bruce would be quick to claim that the 13,300 fans would be a minority of the 49,000 that could possibly attend St James’ Park but, ignoring the fact that it isn’t as simple as that, 27% of stadium being disgruntled and angry is more than enough to make a noise loud enough to make their feelings known.
Let’s face it too, given that there really isn’t anything to cheer at the moment, even if the remaining 73% of fans were pro-Bruce, then they would easily be the silent majority.
The truth is, I’m being overly generous with the idea that there’d be 49,000 fans in the stadium and that only 27% of those fans would be unhappy with our current display of football.
The thing that Steve Bruce needs to understand is that this is the politest way for fans to display their absolute displeasure with his management. He needs quickly needs to recognise that if he is still in the job when the fans return, even if this is in a situation where we miraculously stay up, the treatment of his will be justifiably horrific.
For too long, Bruce has lived a managerial life where he is practically free of noticeable scrutiny (and the scrutiny he does notice, he quickly blocks off and shoots down). If Bruce were to remain in charge of the club when all the fans are allowed to return then he must know that there will be a reception which is the result of pent up rage and frustration created by results, performances and the insulting rhetoric of himself.