Steve Bruce has made it to China and has linked up with the Newcastle United squad. After resigning from his job at Sheffield Wednesday, Bruce was announced as Magpies boss shortly before Newcastle took on Wolves in the Premier League Asia Trophy.
The 58-year-old introduced himself to the players, overseeing his first training session ahead of the game on Saturday with West Ham.
After the session, Bruce spoke in person for the first time since he was appointed. The new Toon boss discussed the pressures of replacing Rafa Benitez, while admitting it would’ve been easier to say no.
Many fans wish he had done exactly that, but instead he signed a three-year deal at St James’ Park.
“I just hope that people will show the respect which obviously you only gain by getting a few results and doing the job, but hopefully that’ll go hand in hand,” he told the club’s official website.
The interesting word there is ‘respect’. He didn’t really show much respect to his previous employers, leaving the Owls in the lurch ahead of their Championship campaign. They have even less time than Newcastle to prepare for the new season.
Bruce has a lot of work to do to gain the respect from the Newcastle faithful. He’s already fighting a losing battle by accepting an offer from Mike Ashley to replace Rafa Benitez.
But some supporters are split. There is a portion of fans who don’t see Bruce as the problem, and believe he should be given a chance. While others don’t think he deserves support.
Some fans support Bruce, but the reaction is mainly negative
No Steve, the CORRECT thing for you to have said is no.. out of respect to your former employers who granted you extra time leave and did everything to accommodate you.
— Callum Vass (@CallumVass) July 18, 2019
I hope Bruce does well. A lot of fans wishing he fails already. I just can’t understand that….
— Harry Thomas (@harrythomas451) July 18, 2019
Can’t believe he has the audacity to mention the word respect. He get the amount of respect he’s earned, none #BruceOut
— Barry Blakely (@BarryBlakely) July 18, 2019
Your the one that has to earn the respect of the fans instead of expecting it interview was a joke
Jesus some of these comments! Rafa’s gone, move on, take aim at Ashley! Bet some of these are the lads who stalk exes on Facebook seeing who they’re out with and where!
— Carl (@_geordiecarl) July 18, 2019
Behind you and the player’s all the way Steve , good luck and best wishes from me ⚽⚽⚽
— Mick (@Michael25809049) July 18, 2019
Haha no chance of respect. Prove yourself and earn respect
— Darshan (@Daaarshan) July 18, 2019