The fact that Steve Bruce used to be Sunderland manager isn’t the issue for Newcastle fans.
The problem is that he’s proven himself over the years to be past his best. The last time he managed in the Premier League was with Hull, unable to keep them in the top flight in 2015.
Before that he was sacked for a horrendous run of form at Sunderland that saw the fans turn against him.
At Aston Villa, the fans also turned on him. Some turned so much that they resorted to throwing a cabbage at him. And now he’s with Sheffield Wednesday.
If Newcastle do appoint Bruce, it’s an Ashley-like appointment that just reeks of a lack of ambition. He’s a manager that the hierarchy know will anger fans, yet they consider him anyway.
Bruce is from the area, so the chance to manage Newcastle might be too much for him to turn down. Even if he has to work for Ashley, he’ll likely never get the chance again.
Benitez attracted players, but who could Bruce sign?
When we had Rafa Benitez, players were much more interested in signing for Newcastle. The chance to work with a Champions League winner was too hard to turn down for many. He made us a much more attractive club.
But with Bruce, who can we really hope of signing? You’d be joining an unambitious club who are managed by a bloke whose reputation at the top is a distant memory.
Ashley might as well take the joke one step further and sign a couple of former Steve Bruce favourites in Lee Cattermole and Ahmed Elmohamady. The former has just been released by the Mackems, and has been signed by Bruce twice before.
As for Elmohamady, he just seems to follow Bruce around. First it was Sunderland, then Hull, and finally Aston Villa.
Both players wouldn’t improve the squad, but they’d be cheap. They’d piss off supporters, but who cares? None of this would matter to the owner.
It’s a joke now, and Ashley will take it as far as he can.