Under Rafa Benitez, Newcastle were an organised and solid outfit.
For the first time in years, we were hard to beat. Defensively sound, we very rarely got battered, even against elite teams.
Yet in the first game after his departure, we lost 4-0. We were a shambles. The chaos behind the scenes resonated onto the pitch, and players who were so disciplined under the previous manager were all over the place.
Then there were the players who Benitez deemed not good enough. The likes of Achraf Lazaar and Jack Colback got another chance, and quickly proved why the Spaniard didn’t want them in his side.
It’s not as if Wolves were ripping us apart with slick passing and glorious movement. We were the masters of our own downfall most of the time. No communication. Lack of positional sense. Dawdling in possession. Limited leadership.
Steve Bruce has a massive job on his hands. The supporters already hate him, and won’t be rolling out the red carpet.
And to make matters worse, he takes charge of a team that looks devoid of the quality to required stay in the Premier League.
We always had a chance under Benitez even if the quality wasn’t there. Can Bruce do the same? I wouldn’t bank on it…