Former defender Micah Richards has defended Newcastle manager Steve Bruce, and in doing so, trotted out two of the most-used, irrelevant lines about him and fans’ feelings towards him.
Speaking on the same BBC Football Daily podcast in which Chris Sutton launched a blistering attack on Toon fans – despite his comments being woefully inaccurate – Richards (22 minutes onwards) claimed “thick-skinned” Bruce will “get the best out of the players”.
He also used the tired – and very boring – line about Bruce being a great person, which, as we wrote yesterday, is irrelevant, and does not win points for a football club.
He said: “I’ve worked under him, he’s a great manager, but not just a great manager but a great person as well, he always goes over and beyond and puts the players first.”
Please change the record, it is stuck on a loop!
He then used cliche number two, which once again, is tragically wrong, and portrays further ignorance of any semblance of knowledge to what the actual situation is on Tyneside.
He claimed: “Yes, maybe it’s difficult when you’ve been the Sunderland manager but give him time.”
It provides fans with yet another ‘face-palm’ moment, as the pathetic ‘Newcastle fans do not want Bruce because he managed Sunderland’ garbage is aired once again.
And for the umpteenth time, Newcastle fans need to remind a national audience, lapping up their ill-informed misconception of the ‘stupid, deluded Geordies’, that none of this has anything to do with their anger at the club.
Will it already be too late by December?
Richards did then add: “Lets have this conversation – in 10, 15 games.”
And he is probably right. But the worry is, if we do have to have this conversation in December, after 15 games, the club will already be cemented into the bottom three, cast adrift from safety, and it will already be too late.
Nice guy, or not, he simply does not have the tactical nous to rescue a side that could well already look doomed, as Rafa Benitez did two seasons in a row.
He needed a fast start, and he has not got it. Fans do not care that he managed Sunderland. What they care about, is his ability to keep Newcastle in the Premier League.
And after two games, the signs do not look promising that he can.