We’ve heard some laughable attempts to defend Steve Bruce from the mainstream media over the past two years, and it seems former Brighton striker has joined that baffling bandwagon.
After deciding to hang up his boots back in May and having a crack at punditry, Murray has come out with his own theory on the under-fire NUFC boss.
According to him, we’ve had it in for Bruce ‘since day one’ because he’s a ‘local man that’s been around’, claiming he’d get ‘a lot less stick’ if he was a foreign manager with ‘all the right answers’.
That last line….you don’t say, Glenn?! We certainly would give someone less stick if they had ‘all the right answers’, but instead we have a man who blames the local press for our ‘negativity’ and refuses to take the blame for any of our shortfalls on the pitch, choosing to blame VAR, injuries and individual mistakes instead.
Oh, and as for us having it in for him since he first walked through the door, I think you’ll find that’s because we replaced Rafa Benitez with a Championship manager who arrived with one of the worst Premier League records to his name. It’s not rocket science.
Here’s what Murray had to say when speaking on BBC’s Football Daily Podcast this week:
“I’ve looked at Bruce from afar and I think he’s done a good job at Newcastle, a steady job”
“If he was a foreign manager with all the right answers he would’ve got a lot less stick.
“Because he’s a local man that’s been around they’ve had it in for him since day one.”
It’s amazing how us fans are painted out to be the bad guys in all of this, although it’s easy to make such short sighted and lazy remarks when watching from ‘afar’ – which probably translates to ‘I barely watch them, they finished 12th last season and he’s not been backed so get off his back’.
Bruce may have had a rough ride – fans have made their feelings clear and he looks fed up – but he also knew what he was signing up for under Mike Ashley; a man he doesn’t dare question, with journalists instead taking the brunt of his deadline day anger in recent press conferences.
Is this blog against Bruce? Yes, I don’t think one of our writers doesn’t want him sacked, but only because of the way he continues to conduct himself and his team on and off the pitch. It’s not a personal vendetta, it’s the fact we’re only heading in one direction if he remains – and that’s down.
His luck has ran out and ridiculous theories like this from the likes of Glenn Murray only fuel this false narrative we’re sick of seeing from uninformed pundits.