Fresh from calling Allan Saint-Maximin a ‘clown’ just a few days ago, Gabby Agbonlahor has made another desperate attempt to defend his old pal Steve Bruce.
His rant at our Frenchman was laughable (you can read it in full here) – as if he is to blame over Bruce for our recent struggles – and he’s now turned on Freddie Woodman to try and take the blame away from his former boss.
Agbonlahor claims we wouldn’t have conceded either of Man Utd’s opening two goals if Bruce had a “proper keeper” between the sticks, insisting the NUFC boss was let down by his players at Old Trafford.
Not only that, he’s called our criticism of Bruce ‘boring’, asking ‘what more do we want’ from the 60-year-old – as if he’s working wonders!
Here’s what he told Football Insider:
“Criticising Bruce is boring from Newcastle fans.”
“Your manager is managing a team with limited funds. Everyone else is spending money and Newcastle aren’t so what do you expect from him?
“They put up a great fight against Manchester United for 40 minutes until the keeper decided to throw one in and Ronaldo’s second goal went through his legs.
“With a proper keeper both of Ronaldo’s goals wouldn’t have gone in. The keeper let him down.
“The Fernandes goal you can’t do anything about.
“Steve Bruce deserves a break, he will keep them in the league but he can’t take them to the next level with limited funds.
“Newcastle fans need to understand that. I don’t understand what more they want for him.”
Agbonlahor played under Bruce at Villa and stated last season that we’d be beaten 6-0 every week if Bruce tried to play the ‘attacking football’ we demand – an amusing line which sums up the lengths he’ll go to defend his man.
It seems they both have something in common – it’s never Bruce’s fault. He’s not been backed. He hasn’t got good enough players. He’s being let down at one end by Saint-Maximin and then at the other end by Woodman.
Rubbish. He was lucky to get the Newcastle job in the first place – he arrived as a Championship manager with an abysmal EPL record – has a squad capable of more than just surviving, yet has us second bottom, winless in the league and out of the cup.
The sooner Bruce and his mates in the media realise it’s time he took a look in the mirror and worked on solutions, not blaming others for his incompetence, the better.