I often say that when NUFC are doing well they get a lot of media coverage in the North East and when they are doing badly they get even more. The fallout that is cascading after Saturday’s latest downward spiral is proving that so much.
I never thought we had a chance of a result yesterday and in the end we collapsed to a 4 – 1 defeat that had so many damning moments.
There were a few improved performances – Almiron did well and Sean Longstaff did OK – but it’s hard to believe that a defeat like that has so many picking out positives when that’s now no wins, one point from a possible twelve and more goals conceded than any other side in the Premier League.
We are, at the moment, simply not good enough and looking very likely to be digging a hole we might never climb out of. There is a theory that Bruce is a “lucky” manager and that just when you think he has to go he manages to get a result. Perhaps though his time is running out.
Luke Edwards insists he’ll be given time by Ashley, but Leeds at home on Friday without Callum Wilson is going to be huge. It could turn very ugly.
A poor performance and a defeat may well be the beginning of the end for Bruce’s agony. I say agony because it was hugely uncomfortable watching him yesterday after the game.
Not just the words – he blamed The Chronicle for fan negativity – and astonishing “its everyone’s fault but mine,” rants but the body language and facial expressions were absolutely damning and in a lot of ways sad to see. This is a man that is clearly suffering and looks just about all done in. He doesn’t look well and is reacting in a way that is worrying to see.
Goodness only knows what effect it’s having on his players and the atmosphere in the dressing room and at The Club. Confidence, if there was any in the first place, must be completely shot and motivation has to be at an all-time low. If neither are then Bruce is some kind of genius.
Unfortunately, we know he’s not. Leeds at home is followed by Watford and Wolves away before the next international break. As I said earlier even the Leeds game could seal his fate. But surely any less than one win from those three games and he has to be gone.