Newcastle fans hoping for an ambitious appointment to replace their hero Rafa Benitez will not be happy with the latest Tweet from Sky Sports’ North East reporter Keith Downie.
He claims that Steve Bruce is one of the names under consideration for the vacant post at St James’ Park, in a possible move that could be the final straw for many Toon fans.
We understand Steve Bruce is one of the names under consideration to take over at Newcastle United. He’s been backed in to 9/4 favourite with some major bookmakers overnight. Bruce is Newcastle-born, but of course previously managed rivals Sunderland. #NUFC
— Keith Downie (@SkySports_Keith) July 9, 2019
A report in the Chronicle stated that the new man must have Premier League coaching experience, and as poor as his CV reads, Bruce does tick that particular box.
But fans will be dismayed at the thought of the former Sunderland boss taking over, in a move akin to when they gave Joe Kinnear a job, or appointed Steve McClaren or John Carver.
Appointing Steve Bruce could mean all-out war between club and fans
It will almost certainly lead to an all-out fan revolt, and it would be difficult to see how he could ever win fans over across Tyneside.
Of all the names that have been thrown at fans over the weeks – and many of those have been average, at best – Bruce would be the most dire appointment of all of them.
He would be such an underwhelming choice that fans are sure to see it as an apppointment from a detested owner, simply to spite them.
It would leave the very real possibility of the home side’s manager being booed when he steps out to the dugout for his first game in charge at St James’ Park.
If we had any sway whatsoever with anyone at the football club, we would implore them to look elsewhere.
Many fans reacted with utter anger at the prospect. Here are just a few of the replies:
I’m less concerned about his Sunderland history than I am about the fact that he’s an absolutely shocking football manager.
— Marc Duffy (@MarcSDuffy) July 9, 2019
There better be riots if he gets the job
— Greg O’ Grady (@Peglegmacgreg) July 9, 2019
Glad I cancelled my season ticket. That is the level that they want to stoop to. He’s a crap manager. Bargain basement tripe.
— Jason Miller (@rough_justice76) July 9, 2019
If this happens I will be sacking my season ticket in after 14 years
— Iby (@iby_ashraf) July 9, 2019
The only plus side this will turn even more fans away to support #BoycottArsenal
— JT (@JTNUFC99) July 9, 2019
Be the worst decision ever it be like getting Kinnear back 🙄🙄🙄
— chris usher (@chrisusher8) July 9, 2019
— Josh (@JoshJordan31) July 9, 2019
@NUFC announce instant relegation
— Andrew Wells (@wellzy95nufc) July 9, 2019
So that idiot #MikeAshley has gotten rid of Benitez & looking to bring in #SteveBruce to #Nufc, a guy whose #EPL record is a 28% Win rate, Average Points-per-game of 1.1, and an Average Goal Diff of -0.29 yes that’s a MINUS!
— In Oxford (@Oxford_Life) July 9, 2019