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Steve Bruce’s nightmare at Newcastle is finally over, but what exactly went wrong during his time on Tyneside?

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Bruce’s nightmare at Newcastle is finally over, but what exactly went wrong during his time on Tyneside?

 

With the long-awaited departure of manager Steve Bruce yesterday afternoon, all eyes look
towards his potential replacement. No successor has been lined up yet but the Saudi-Arabian led consortium seem to have a number of potential managers in mind.

 

However, before we look forward to a hopeful future under new ownership lets reflect on 27months of Steve Bruce football – perhaps a painful reminder of the awful performances or more an opportunity to learn from the mistakes made.

 

The news had a certain inevitability about it with everyone knowing it needed to happen – including Bruce himself. During the 3-2 home defeat to Spurs on Sunday, supporters yet again chanted for the removal of the manager after witnessing yet another inept performance.

 

Following the recent poll by Newcastle United Supporters Trust in which over 90% voted that Bruce should take the clubs best interests into account and walk away from the job – Bruce finally took the decision to step down – news that came as no surprise to anyone involved with the club.

 

He told Newcastle club website: “I would like to thank my coaching team, the players and the support staff in particular for their hard work.

 

“I am grateful to everyone connected with Newcastle United for the opportunity to manage this unique football the club.”

 

“I wish everyone the best of luck for the rest of this season and beyond.”

 

The toxic relationship between fans and management has come to an end after over two years of football that was depressingly awful to watch, with a win rate of just 28.3% – the worst for any club he has managed.

 

However, perhaps the shining light of his reign is Newcastle remain in the Premier League after consecutive finishes of 13th and 12th. Yes, mid-table mediocrity but a respectable outcome given the lack of squad depth at the club?

 

One positive has to be the signing of Allan Saint-Maximin who became the attacking talisman and get fans off their seats with his mesmerising dribbling ability. This combined with introduction of a new number 9, Callum Wilson gave supporters hope that relegation could be avoided.

 

Before the arrival of Bruce to St. James Park toon fans were already skeptical of the appointment and some showed their discontent with the decision – the relationship was damaged from the start.

 

The role of Newcastle manager under Ashley was a poisoned chalice.

 

To the rest of the football world Bruce represented a “Geordie” boy who had returned home to change the fortunes of his boyhood club but to Newcastle fans he just another Mike Ashley appointment doomed to succeed from the beginning.

 

The treatment of the 60-year-old has been troubling at times but the feelings of frustration at his turgid style of football are perhaps justified.

 

The introduction of assistant Graeme Jones in January seemed to give the squad a lift as the performances on the pitch improved – the 2-0 away win at Everton a highlight.

 

However, this was short-lived.

 

The dreadful 3-0 away defeat to Brighton in March sticks in the mind of many Magpie supporters, after which there was an expectation within the club that Bruce would be dismissed.

 

But when he remained in his job, many feared the decision to remove him had been left until too late.

 

Banners called for the removal of the Englishman as calls of “we want Brucie out” became a common occurrence on a match day. The lack attacking threat was worrying as his side sat bottom of the standings for chance creation.

 

Against all odds, Newcastle survived and managed a 12th place finish but this wasn’t a true reflection of the volatile atmosphere that surrounded the club.

 

Demands for the removal of Bruce intensified over the summer and despite thoughts of giving up he continued in his role. His contract became a rolling deal for three-years and involved a pay-out of around £8million.

 

Bruce’s tenure was torturous, shambolic and at time nauseating. Substandard performances became customary as pundits continued to show support for the manager, despite a real lack of understanding for just how bad the football had become.

 

Following two seasons of mostly mind-numbing football and a wearisome third heading towards relegation, the new owners took the decision to remove Bruce from his post and give the fans what they wanted – a fresh start.

 

After 14 years of Mike Ashley, Newcastle have the opportunity to invest in January and push the club forward.

 

Whoever replaces Bruce won’t have it easy and survival is a must. The new era starts properly on Saturday with Graeme Jones taking charge at Selhurst Park. Could the removal of Bruce give the squad a new lease of life?

 

Only time will tell. But what is for sure is that it’s finally over and change is on its way.

 

What are your thoughts – Let us know on our social media below…

 

Author: Sam Smith

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Newcastle target rejects Everton move following £45m bid.

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Everton have made a £40million bid with £5m in add-ons to sign Connor Gallagher from Chelsea.

This comes after Newcastle completed the signing of Anthony Gordon, the club’s second most expensive transfer behind Alexander Isak.

Everton received an initial fee of £40m plus add-ons that could increase the deal to £45m.

The Toffees currently sit 19th in the Premier League and are looking to reinvest the money from the Gordon deal to sign much-needed players under newly appointed manager Sean Dyche. 

But, multiple sources have reported today that Gallagher is not actively pushing for a move and has no intention of going to Goodison Park. However, with Chelsea having met the record-breaking €120m release clause for World Cup winner Enzo Fernandez, Gallagher may be forced to leave the club if the transfer is complete.

This leaves Newcastle an option as the player would prefer a move to a top-six club.

This morning, Eddie Howe said, “We’ll see what we can do to try & bring a player in. There’s no guarantees. In terms of permanent signings, it will be very difficult. We’ll look at a potential loan. But it’s got to be the right player & not one for the sake of it”.

Due to financial fair play, the only way Newcastle could sign the player is through a loan, with an obligation to buy the player for at least £45m, the same price they paid for Anthony Gordon.

Gallagher has been playing regular Premier League football over the last two seasons. Since returning to his parent club Chelsea, the 22-year-old has been linked with a move away to numerous Premier League clubs.

Last season he was named Crystal Palace’s Player of the Season by their fans. He also won the Player of the Month award twice, Goal of the Month once, and was awarded the Young Player of Year at the 2022 London Football Awards.

In the same season, he made 36 appearances scoring eight goals and registering three assists that earned Palace a 12th-place finish, one point behind Newcastle.

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Transfer News: Newcastle Sign Everton Winger Anthony Gordon In 45m Deal

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Newcastle United have agreed to sign Everton winger Anthony Gordon for an initial fee of £40,000,000, which could rise to £45,000,000 with add-ons

Sky Sports understands that personal terms between Newcastle United and Gordan’s representatives are still ongoing, but both parties are confident of reaching an agreement.

The Magpies’ were interested in bringing Gordon to St James’ Park in the summer. However, both clubs were far apart on valuations for the player.

The 21-year-old has failed to attend training at Finch Farm for the last three days after making it clear he wants to move away from Goodison Park.

Chelsea were interested in bringing Gordon to Stamford Bridge in the summer and were willing to pay up to £60,000,000 for the wide-man’s services. However, Everton were reluctant to let their talisman leave before the start of the 2022/2023 Premier League season.

Gordon has scored just 3 goals in 16 Premier League appearances (12 starts) this season for the struggling Toffees, who currently sit second bottom of the table.

That said, the former Preston North End loanee had his best campaign last season, playing a major part in Everton’s Premier League survival.

The Everton academy graduate had 6 goal involvements in 35 Premier League games (25 starts) last season, which was the first season he had a consistent run of games.

It’s clear that Gordon has a significant amount of potential, and with Eddie Howe at the helm, Newcastle could be getting a very exciting player.

We have seen an unbelievable transformation in many players’ performances since Eddie Howe took charge in November 2021, with the most obvious transformation being Joelinton’s positional change.

The Liverpool-born winger can play in several forward positions, which is the type of player Eddie Howe has been keen to add during the January window, especially after Chris Wood’s loan departure to Nottingham Forest.

Joelinton is currently being deployed as a left-winger, with Allan Saint-Maximin in the process of regaining match fitness.

The addition of Gordon could see Joelinton be moved back to his preferred position as a box-to-box midfielder. This would see one of Sean Longstaff or Joe Willock drop out of the eleven, with Bruno Guimarães making that number 6 role untouchable.

Four days remain of the January transfer window, and it is yet to be seen if Anthony Gordon is the only player The Toon are adding to their ranks.

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Gary Lineker shocked as ‘adult noices played on BBC Live on air!

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Viewers on Tuesday night prior to the FA cup football games were left shocked and confused as noises of an adult nature were played in the BBC studio – Live on air!

 

Gary Lineker reacted fast to try to address and cover up the noise before going live to Alan Shearer.

 

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