After yet another Premier League defeat, Newcastle boss Steve Bruce incredibly took aim at the Evening Chronicle.
Yes, apparently it’s their fault that the Magpies are so poor…
The altercation came after Newcastle were beaten 4-1 by Manchester United, leaving Bruce’s side in 19th place. So far they’ve picked up just one point. They have also been knocked out of the League Cup by Burnley.
The Magpies have had an appalling start to the season, while they’ve also struggled with issues off the pitch.
Bruce wasn’t backed by the hierarchy, only able to make one first-team signing this summer.
Then came an incredible statement from the club, as they defended their actions.
Meanwhile, there were reports that Bruce had jetted off to Portugal for a holiday during the international break.
And this is what caused Bruce to blow on Saturday evening…
Steve Bruce vs the Chronicle
After the game, Chronicle reporter Lee Ryder asked Bruce about his alleged trip to Portugal, stating that fans want answers. To his credit, yes we do want answers.
Bruce was spikey in response, saying: “That’s what the fans are asking are they?
“We trained all week. We’re in every day.
“We were in every day this week. Our preparation was meticulous, let me tell you. There’s nothing more in preparation.
“What was I supposed to do? We had six of them away. The preparation was fine. Absolutely fine. We’ve been in all week. You could see the game plan of what we work to.
“To answer questions like that is typical of a question that I’ll get off you and your newspaper, If I’m brutally honest.
“That’s why they’re the way they are. The way you are and your negativity.”
In the end, Bruce didn’t actually answer Ryder’s question…
How can Steve Bruce blame the Chronicle?
It’s not the Chronicle’s fault that Newcastle are a rotten football club.
It’s not their fault that Steve Bruce has failed to win any of their first five games in all competitions.
It certainly isn’t their fault that fans are sick of Bruce and want him gone. He’s done that himself with his appalling football, even worse results, and his attitude towards the local media and the fans.
Perhaps Bruce wishes everyone just believed what they heard on Sky Sports and TalkSPORT. Then everyone would think he’s a great guy who is doing a great job.
But the facts suggest otherwise. 19th in the league. 12 goals conceded. No wins. And that’s just this season!
Overall, Bruce’s win percentage at Newcastle United is just 30%. That’s not the Chronicle’s fault. How could it be?
Bruce may want to point the finger and suggest the media have turned the fans against him, but that doesn’t explain last season.
There were no fans inside stadiums, and still Bruce’s side were shocking.
The Chronicle don’t decide to use a formation that barely suits the players. It wasn’t their decision to jet off to Portugal.
The local media should represent fans. They should be asking the questions that fans want answered.
For Bruce to launch a scathing attack on them is embarrassing, and indicative of the terrible situation he’s found himself in. I suppose that’s the Chronicle’s fault too…