A year is a long time in football and for Newcastle boss Steve Bruce, he must be seriously regretting some comments from October 2020.

The Magpies are still limping along under their current incumbent. Bruce is showing little signs of reviving the club’s fortunes and fans aren’t happy.

This time last year, with football a behind closed doors sport, the Newcastle manager pleaded for time.

He used Liverpool as an example, suggesting that Jurgen Klopp, was a prime example of what can happen if a manager is offered patience.

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Bruce told Sky Sports: “We all need time. It took a great manager like Jurgen a few years to get what he needed.

“Every manager needs time, of course, because nowadays you can’t just change it overnight. It’s very, very difficult.”

Klopp has been in control at Anfield for almost six years. In that time he has overseen a first Premier League title win for Liverpool and also reached two Champions League finals, winning the competition in 2019.

Admittedly, Liverpool have an embarrassment of riches in contrast to Newcastle.

Bruce, however, is wrong to use Klopp as a benchmark for him getting time at St James’ Park.

His Newcastle team are badly underachieving and something or someone will have to give sooner rather than later.


What next for Newcastle and Bruce?

A year on from Bruce’s call to the board to give him time, the Magpies are even worse.

Back then his team sat in 14th place in the Premier League table, with eight points from their opening six Premier League games.

Now, the contrast is alarming. Bruce’s team have gone backwards and currently sit second bottom with only the hapless Norwich below them in the league.

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Newcastle haven’t won any of their seven Premier League fixtures; drawing three and losing four.

This time last year, the Magpies had just added the likes of Callum Wilson, Jamal Lewis, Ryan Fraser and Jeff Hendrick.

In the summer, Newcastle didn’t lose any of their star men and added Joe Willock who was brilliant during a loan from Arsenal last season.

One year ago Bruce was perhaps right to call for the board to give him patience.

Now, 12 months down the line, his team has regressed and Bruce must now carry the can for the team’s poor form.

The clock is ticking for the 60-year-old boss…

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