According to ex-Premier League striker Glenn Murray, Steve Bruce would get less stick at Newcastle if he was foreign.

It’s a new one, we’ll give him that…

This came in the aftermath of Newcastle’s latest defeat, with the Magpies yet to win a single game this season.

Bruce was incredibly spikey after the game, furious that the local media asked him about his alleged trip to Portugal.

In response, Bruce blamed the Chronicle for the negativity, but failed to address his reported excursion.

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It’s an absolute mess right now at Newcastle United. However, things are unlikely to change with Telegraph reporter Luke Edwards stating that his position as manager isn’t under threat.

Fans are very angry, but Murray believes the criticism of Bruce is unfair.

“I’ve looked at Steve Bruce from afar, and personally I think he’s done a good job at Newcastle, a steady job,” said Murray told the BBC’s Football Daily Podcast.


“If he was a foreign manager with all the right answers he would have 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.”

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Glenn Murray’s Steve Bruce theory doesn’t add up

It’s a bold theory from Murray, but yet another punditry claim that doesn’t really make sense.

First things first, there’s no evidence to back up claims that Bruce is doing a good job. Yes, he’s kept us in the Premier League twice, but is that success? And if you watched Newcastle every week, you’d struggle to work out how on earth he actually did it.

Secondly, Murray’s claim about things being different if Bruce were foreign are just strange. What has nationality got to do with anything?

Yes, if Bruce did have all the right answers he would be much more liked, regardless of where he comes from. But the problem is he doesn’t have the right answers.

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Rafa Benitez had the right answers. He respected the fans and the club. He knew what could be achieved. And on the pitch you could see what he was trying to do. With a bit of investment, things would have been so much better right now.

But instead Benitez was forced to leave, and Bruce took his place. He’s since been given more money to spend, but has failed to improve things.

I’m not sure where Murray is coming from with this claim, but it’s another one that Toon fans will see right through.

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