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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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Police Alerted After Newcastle United Fan Urinates On Statue Devoted to Sunderland Legend

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Police have been alerted about social media footage which appears to show a Newcastle United fan urinating on a statue of Sunderland football legend Bob Stokoe.

The tribute, outside Sunderland’s Stadium of Light ground, recreates the late Stokoe’s famous dance across Wembley’s turf after he had masterminded the club’s 1-0 FA Cup final victory over Leeds United.

Footage has now emerged on social media of a male wearing a Newcastle United change shirt while apparently urinating on the statue.

In response to the images, a Sunderland Football Club spokesperson said on Monday: “This matter has been referred to the police and we will not be making any further comment at this moment in time.”

Stokoe, ironically, is also a hero and an FA Cup winner on Tyneside. Born in 1930 in Mickley, in Northumberland, the central defender made 261 appearances for Newcastle United and was a member of their 1955 FA Cup final winning team.

Arriving at Sunderland in November 1972 while they were struggling towards the bottom of Division Two, he plotted the club’s FA Cup final triumph in May the following year before guiding the Black Cats back to the top flight in 1976.

He resigned just months later following a poor start to their Division One. Stokoe died at the age of 73 in 2004 in Hartlepool after suffering from pneumonia.

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Newcastle Fan Gets ‘Attacked’ by Aiden McGeady in Bar With Sunderland First Team

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A video was published to Twitter which shows a Newcastle fan get ‘attacked’ by Aiden McGeady in a bar with the Sunderland first team.

Twitter user @rheppellhardy, who has since deleted his account following backlash, wrote a tweet on Wednesday night explaining what happened in a Stack venue, before the post started to gain traction.

He said: “Why the fuck has the actual Sunderland first team come and started on me and big Premier League Aiden McGeady ripped me top in the stack 🤣🤣🤣.

 

He issued the above video before captioning it with: “Someone who I’ve never heard of said how much are yous on ur skint 🤣 league 1 yina”

Again he wrote in another post: “Scuse me mate can a have a word, do you know who I am” 🤣🤣 No fucking clue mate”

There were plenty of reaction tweets too….

@worthy_noah: “I remember my first pint aswell mate”

@worthy_noah: “Not sure I went on like this much of a cock like”

@MackemTalk_: “You saw the state of you lad he’d Snap you in half But again You had to act like the Big man Because Your boyfriends where with you”

Did you see what happened?

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Fans urged to clap at Newcastle match in memory of teen

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Mason Kirk (Credit: Family Picture)

Fans are being encouraged to clap at Newcastle match on Saturday in memory of teen who died from cancer.

Mason Kirk passed away suddenly from a rare form of cancer in January – ITV reports.

The family of the 17-year-old are urging people to clap at the 17th minute of the Newcastle vs Brighton match.

His dad Michael told ITV News Tyne Tees: “After complaining about back pain for several weeks and unsuccessful trips to a walk-in centre, and his GP, I took him to A&E where he received an MRI scan that showed lesions in his spine.

“We were transferred to the RVI, which is where we received a diagnosis no parent wants to hear – aggressive and inoperable late-stage ATRT cancer in his spine and brainstem”

“Mason died on the 27 January, just nine days after he was diagnosed.

“It’s took awhile for me to pull myself round (as I suffer from severe mental illness). So I decided to begin organising something to raise awareness of ATRT and teen cancer, and to pay tribute to our beautiful brave son.

“Mason was an avid Newcastle United fan, I took him to his first game when he was 6 and he caught the NUFC bug. Later, he and his friends bought season tickets.”

Michael continues: “Mason’s memory will live on through myself, his Mam Leanne, his little brother Alfy, cousin Liam and the rest of our family.

“He was the nucleus of our lives…our world is shattered but we cannot let our courageous son’s story go untold.”

“We realise things are tight for a lot of us at the minute but we’d like any donations to go to Great North Children’s Hospital or the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.”

ITV also said that Mason will feature in the programme.

Go here to donate to Great North Children’s Hospital.

Or to donate to the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation go here.

 

 

 

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