Alex Bruce has launched a scathing attack on Daily Mail journalist Craig Hope following our 2-0 win against Fulham.
Hope, who was banned by NUFC after leaking a true story about a dressing room bust-up, has been highly critical of our manager ever since he took over the reins at St James’ Park.
Steve Bruce actually ripped into the reporter in an explosive interview on talkSPORT earlier this month, calling him “negative” and saying he “needed put in his place”.
Now his son Alex has echoed his Dad’s views – albeit with slightly more aggressive language – after Hope criticised our manager for antagonising Toon supporters in his post-match interview on Sunday.
While Bruce junior is within his right to defend his Dad if he feels the criticism is unjust, the tone of his attack comes across as unprofessional and hardly something his old man is likely to be happy with.
Is there some truth in Hope being incapable of saying “well done?” Maybe, but his initial exclusive wasn’t wrong, so you’d have to wonder if there’s an agenda in the opposite direction when it got him banned from the press room by Bruce senior!
There are many Toon fans who appear unwilling to admit that we have had a good end to the season, and some may argue he is one of them.
That said, for Bruce junior to rip into him the way he did, in a personal manner, is wrong. Hope’s vendetta has never been personal, he simply doesn’t believe that Steve Bruce is the right man for NUFC, and he is well within his right to think so based on a lot of what we’ve seen, heard and read over the past 18 months.
The story he reported back in March is undeniably true – Bruce and Ritchie confirmed the bust-up – making NUFC plain wrong to ban him from the club.
Both father and son appear unwilling to accept criticism when it comes their way, even when it is justified, suggesting they really don’t have the ‘thick sin’ Steve Bruce constantly talks about.
This latest episode shows why the toxicity would only continue if Bruce senior remains in charge next season.