Lee Charnley gave an interview to the Chronicle, and during it he spoke about Steve Bruce’s appointment, and one of his quotes could be seen to confirm some Newcastle fans’ fears.
He refutes claims that Bruce was 11th choice as manager, with Charnley decrying them as “nonsense” ,”absolute garbage” and “a complete fabrication”, with the Chronicle suggesting that some of the names mentioned were never close.
But Charnley added Bruce was “always somebody in our thinking”, but they were obligated to “explore every option” and went through a “comprehensive and extensive process” before deciding on the local man.
The Newcastle managing director added: “He is somebody we can have a really good relationship with and we can work with.
And it is that line that will concern fans who think he has been installed as someone who will toe the line, and just be a public voice for the regime.
Fans will say that line underlines that belief.
Newcastle fans worry that Steve Bruce is another Alan Pardew
Rafa Benitez was not that. He was someone who pushed the owner at every opportunity, gave them ideas to take the club forward, and never settled for anything less than what he thought would bring success.
The result, ultimately, was his departure, and many think his demanding nature was too much for Charnley and Mike Ashley, and that Bruce was brought in as an easier-to-manipulate option.
Charnley’s comments are not likely to win over any of those fans who see Bruce as another Alan Pardew, and could fan the flames of disgruntlement between them and the club.