Steve Bruce – It’s time to resign

At the beginning of the international break, rumours started circulating on Twitter that Steve Bruce, whose squad only had five away playing for their countries – had nipped off to Portugal for an early-season holiday.

I was raging straight away, and I went to tweet about it. But then I stopped. Looking through the tweets, there was no official confirmation that he had. What’s the point in getting angry about something you don’t know is true?

But then more evidence started to trickle through, and eventually Craig Hope and a photo confirmed the grim truth: our manager trotted off on a holiday during a two-week window when he could have worked with the 80% of his squad who were still in Newcastle.

I’ve never bought into his insistence that he loves the club above all else. Look at Rafa Benitez – a man with no prior ties to the club – who didn’t even have a holiday in the close season.

But let’s look beyond the fact that he took a holiday barely a month into a so-far winless season. Because there are so many more reasons that he should be resigning. Not least his pathetic win record, which is 31% – around the same as his entire career, which ranks him as the worst Premier League manager with 300+ games in history. Surely a man who was that bad at his job wouldn’t knowingly drag his boyhood club down with him, right?

But Steve Bruce is a nice man, we’re told.

I don’t even believe this anymore. Every time I see him speak, he’s bitching about something or someone. In Friday’s pre-match presser, he snapped Lee Ryder’s head off for asking a reasonable question about the club’s pathetic transfer policy statement.

Is Bruce right to be frustrated by only one signing this summer? Absolutely. But do I believe he’s trying to change that? No. Let’s be realistic – he wouldn’t be in this job if he wasn’t a yes man.

National coverage of our transfer window has been infuriatingly scarce, but one saving grace is that the local press has been critical. Bruce also seems to be getting some sympathy for it, but why? Are you telling me he didn’t know what he was getting himself into when he signed on as manager?

I’d also like to point out that if Bruce is so frustrated, he can do something about it. He can either demand we spend more, or he can walk. But he won’t, will he? He’s got a cushy job dictating the worst football I’ve ever seen at Newcastle United (his boyhood club, remember). And because he’s a yes man, he’s untouchable.

In recent weeks, he’s moaned about:

  • VAR, which was, to a degree, fair
  • The lack of transfers, when he’s meekly accepting our ridiculous “policy”
  • Our squad depth, when he let five players go permanently and only brought one in
  • Penalties costing us points
  • The Chronicle making fans ‘negative’
  • The RAIN in Birmingham
  • The fact that we’re not a “big” club (nice one, Steve)

But what’s the one thing he never complains about? The club’s hierarchy. Instead, he lashes out at journalists who question it.

He also conveniently forgets the fact that, had we managed to maintain decent football for 90 minutes in any given game, we’d probably have at least one win on the board so far. Sitting back against West Ham cost us massively, and in all honesty, we deserved to concede five or six in the second half.

Bruce loves the blame game, but he’ll blame anyone except the people actually responsible for this shitshow of a club.

He won’t blame Mike Ashley for a lack of investment, for bleeding the club (his boyhood club, remember) dry. He won’t accept responsibility for the fact that his tactics lose us games.

He’d even rather blame supporters than accept the fact that he’s simply not good enough.

It’s his job to “never be satisfied”, and clearly he isn’t on many levels. But he’ll always be satisfied with a fat pay check and the knowledge that he won’t be sacked…but if he is, that’s another hefty pay-out.

Loyalty, eh?

13 thoughts on “Steve Bruce – It’s time to resign

  1. When you say he could have worked with “84% of his squad who were still in Newcastle”, that sounds a lot, doesn’t it? Doesn’t sound quite as much as 63% of his team, though, does it?
    As for your moaning about him moaning.

    “VAR, which was, to a degree, fair”
    He’s meekly accepting our ridiculous “policy” – so you know what is said in private?
    When he let five players go permanently – players who wouldn’t get in the first team
    Penalties costing us points – didn’t they?
    The Chronicle making fans ‘negative’, the Chronicle have piled in – proving him right.
    The fact that we’re not a “big” club – we’re certainly not as big as the top 6.

    What is the point of this article? Are you looking for a job with the Chronicle?

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  2. Helen Clarey:
    When you say he could have worked with “84% of his squad who were still in Newcastle”, that sounds a lot, doesn’t it?Doesn’t sound quite as much as 63% of his team, though, does it?
    As for your moaning about him moaning.

    “VAR, which was, to a degree, fair”
    He’s meekly accepting our ridiculous “policy” – so you know what is said in private?
    When he let five players go permanently–players who wouldn’t get in the first team
    Penalties costing us points – didn’t they?
    The Chronicle making fans ‘negative’, the Chronicle have piled in – proving him right.
    The fact that we’re not a “big” club – we’re certainly not as big as the top 6.

    What is the point of this article? Are you looking for a job with the Chronicle?

    With respect Helen, is your real name Alex Bruce?

    You defend the indefensible a LOT…

    Also, of the players who went away on international duty, ZERO started against Man Utd, so there really is no excuse for him forgetting about those who were left behind and jetting off to Portugal.

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  3. Spot on, Natasha. As I said this morning, he claimed 6 were away on international duty (5), but none of them were in yesterday’s starting 11, so his excuse was nonsensical!

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  4. Helen Clarey:
    When you say he could have worked with “84% of his squad who were still in Newcastle”, that sounds a lot, doesn’t it?Doesn’t sound quite as much as 63% of his team, though, does it?
    As for your moaning about him moaning.

    “VAR, which was, to a degree, fair”
    He’s meekly accepting our ridiculous “policy” – so you know what is said in private?
    When he let five players go permanently–players who wouldn’t get in the first team
    Penalties costing us points – didn’t they?
    The Chronicle making fans ‘negative’, the Chronicle have piled in – proving him right.
    The fact that we’re not a “big” club – we’re certainly not as big as the top 6.

    What is the point of this article? Are you looking for a job with the Chronicle?

    Helen, you’re right that I got my numbers wrong at first – but yours is also incorrect – where did you pull 63% from?

    Each of those points don’t excuse the fact that Bruce is using them as excuses to deflect from his awful managing.

    If you’re moaning about me moaning about Bruce moaning and you don’t see the point in this piece…why did you read it?

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  5. Why should he resign Natasha?

    Are you suggesting he should resign because you know he won’t get sacked?

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  6. Brucie has always been a baby. The Mr Nice Guy persona is a fiction spread by his golf circuit pundit pals.

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  7. Steve Brice should have gone along time ago in my opinion as he is inept at managing a big club and doesn’t have great man management skills to work comfortably within the Premier league.
    BUT he has chosen to work with a minimal budget and appears to just nod his head and go along with with hierarchy at Newcastle and his win rate is Pish.
    Time and time again we will see many stories like this but as a fan we have to put up with it.

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  8. Cocobear:
    Your spot on, only other thing is the lack of investment by Ashley over years, and when he does invest he gives it to morons to spend McLaren and Bruce for example both useless licking split yes men.

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  9. Steve Bruce to resign. Who will replace him? Only another yes man who needs some money. I think the only way forward is for Steve to try and keep going. If I was in his shoes and did not get backing and not allowed to bring in my choice of players, saying to me right we’ve got this and that player, work with what you are given get us into Europe. And from the other side get slagged off as a bad manager and get called names like cabbage etc, I would not resign because despite everything who else would take being the scapegoat. I am not saying that he is a good or bad manager, that is the professionals business. But I would hang in there till either I got given £4 million-plus from Ashley to leave or the club passes to another owner.

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  10. Newcastle played well. If MA had given more money to spend in the summer for quality additions, this club wouldn’t be 2nd last.
    Players gassed out after 70mins playing counter attacking football against a very Togo’s opposition. Can see NUFC getting points from here onward.
    I’ve read several articles on this site and someone here seems to have a vendetta to get rid of SB. He is here for the long haul if the Takeover doesn’t get the green light in Feb

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  11. Bruce’s record as a manager/coach says it all . Please resign . It does no t matter who follows you because nobody could hopefully do a worse job. Rafa saw the light and realised him upstairs had no professional aims for the club and walked away. At least Rafa could get the best out of 11 headless chickens and get them to play to a plan. Bruce has nothing to offer both the players and a game plan for the headless chickens to work on

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