Steve Bruce is closing in on two full seasons as Newcastle United manager.
And it looks like he is on course to guide the Magpies to another year of Premier League football.
While Toon fans want more than survival, Bruce’s latest ‘achievement’ will no doubt he heralded in the media as a triumphant moment.
But while pundits far and wide toast the tremendous job done by Bruce, Newcastle fans continue to watch on in horror.
This has been an appalling season. Bar a handful of games, the football has been absolutely wretched.
At one point, their form was so bad it seemed unimaginable that Bruce would continue as boss.
But with four Premier League games remaining, he is still Newcastle United manager.
And Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers has been singing his praises ahead of the clash at the King Power on Friday night.
“I think Steve has done an outstanding job,” Rodgers told the Leicester Mercury.
“He’s limited in terms of the budget he has to spend on players but he has had to go in and organise.
“Newcastle is an incredible club, the fanbase, the expectation there.
“He has organised them really well. You can see the football idea. I think he’s done an outstanding job and he’s shown he’s an excellent manager.”
Of course Rodgers isn’t going to openly criticise another manager, but how can he seriously say that Bruce has done an ‘outstanding’ job?
Since becoming Toon boss, Bruce boasts a win percentage of just 28% in the Premier League. 20 wins from 72 games so far. That is shocking.
We’ve played Rodgers’ Leicester three times in the league since Bruce took over, and lost every time. We haven’t even came close to getting a result.
We’ve lost three times in a row to the Foxes, with a combined scored of 10-1 to Leicester.
But if that classes as an ‘outstanding job’, then well done Steve Bruce.