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Well there is a possibility that Sheffield Wednesday seek an injunction preventing him from starting the job. Which is the only way this disastrous pre-season could get any worse.

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“Lets get real here.
Benitez has gone. Its very sad but get over it and move on
We were never going to get Mourinho or any anyone of his class until Mike Ashley goes.
Give Bruce a chance. At least he is a local with passion..it could EASILY have been Pullis or Hughes.  
I am a long standing season ticket holder at NUFC and sat on the wall at the Gallowgate when i was 5 in 1966
Nothing changes.”

 

From the BBC comment section on the Bruce appointment article. I know people say don’t blame each other, but to be frank ones like this are a problem, on top of that he’s having a pop at other fans anyway. I hate that let’s just move on and back the team, we’re going fucking nowhere because this owner won’t let us. Stop backing them, stop fucking buying things, there’s absolutely no reason for him to stop this cycle of trying to come 17th, going cheap as possible until it gets the club relegated, fund promotion, back to the first aim. 

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53 minutes ago, ewerk said:

Well there is a possibility that Sheffield Wednesday seek an injunction preventing him from starting the job. Which is the only way this disastrous pre-season could get any worse.

Surely that'll improve things? I've never been so underwhelmed since Kinnear

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2 minutes ago, ewerk said:

Well the alternative is Neil Redfearn.

It was Ben Dawson's Newcastle United during the game :D

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This from Sheffield  Wednesday 

"The Club is disappointed to learn via public statement issued by Newcastle United that it has appointed former Sheffield Wednesday staff Steve Bruce, Steve Agnew and Steve Clemence.

 

Regardless of the fact that the staff resigned from their positions with the Club on Monday, there remains outstanding legal issues to be resolved between the club and the staff and Newcastle United.

“The Club is currently considering its position and taking the appropriate legal advice.

“No further comment will be made by the Club concerning this matter.”

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Love how any time Keys posts some bollocks half the replies are about him shagging his daughters mate, and the rest about his hirsute hands ;)

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Charnley

Steve has a deep affection for Newcastle Unitedand we are very pleased that a coach with his vast experience and connections to the club and city has joined us.

Steve knows what this club means to supporters and to the region and he will put his heart and soul into leading our talented group of players with the full support of our staff.

“The hard work for Steve and his team starts immediately and we will be fully prepared for the challenge of a new Premier League season.

“I would place on record my thanks to Ben Dawson, Neil Redfearn and our medical and support staff for the way in which they have worked together to oversee the start of our pre-season preparations.”

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Giving the cunt a three year contract is another act of stupidity, especially as he was on a rolling contract before.

Also, by doing it at least they finally made a statement about the "takeover"

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29 minutes ago, Ayatollah Hermione said:

I like how their explanation for hiring him is “He likes us”

I like how he was their 11th choice

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34 minutes ago, trooper said:

I like how he was their 11th choice

I certainly don’t like how he was anyone’s  choice, nevermind having Fat Sam on the list as well.

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4 hours ago, Howay said:

From the BBC comment section on the Bruce appointment article. I know people say don’t blame each other, but to be frank ones like this are a problem, on top of that he’s having a pop at other fans anyway. I hate that let’s just move on and back the team, we’re going fucking nowhere because this owner won’t let us. Stop backing them, stop fucking buying things, there’s absolutely no reason for him to stop this cycle of trying to come 17th, going cheap as possible until it gets the club relegated, fund promotion, back to the first aim. 

i want him out and fully support planned boycott of the arsenal game but people are still going to go to the match. to expect otherwise is unrealistic. 

i'm going to continue to go to two or three matches a season, even if we're shit, and there is no hope until ashley goes. 

 

 

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i mean, fuck the fat cunt. he can do his best to destroy the club but i'm fucked if i'm going anywhere. maybe not the best logic, but it's our club, not his, and we'll be here long after he has a coronary 

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5 hours ago, Howay said:

“Lets get real here.
Benitez has gone. Its very sad but get over it and move on
We were never going to get Mourinho or any anyone of his class until Mike Ashley goes.
Give Bruce a chance. At least he is a local with passion..it could EASILY have been Pullis or Hughes.  
I am a long standing season ticket holder at NUFC and sat on the wall at the Gallowgate when i was 5 in 1966
Nothing changes.”

 

From the BBC comment section on the Bruce appointment article. I know people say don’t blame each other, but to be frank ones like this are a problem, on top of that he’s having a pop at other fans anyway. I hate that let’s just move on and back the team, we’re going fucking nowhere because this owner won’t let us. Stop backing them, stop fucking buying things, there’s absolutely no reason for him to stop this cycle of trying to come 17th, going cheap as possible until it gets the club relegated, fund promotion, back to the first aim. 

It’s like some ridiculous badge of honour. 

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George Caulkin: 

 

 

In February last year, I was asked to write a piece about Aston Villa. They were second in the Sky Bet Championship and so the time seemed right to appraise how they’d got there and their readiness or otherwise to return to the Premier League. Speak to people in and around the club, I was told, gauge the mood, reflect the atmosphere. Perhaps I could give Steve Bruce a ring; after all, I’d known him for a long time.

That last bit, though, was not on the agenda. Joe, Bruce’s dad, had just died and Sheenagh, his mother, was in hospital with a serious illness (from which she never recovered), and Villa’s manager was reeling, juggling his work with thrice-weekly trips up the motorway from his home in Cheshire back to Tyneside, where he was born and his parents still lived. In those circumstances, pushing for an interview would not have felt appropriate.

So I talked to a couple of fans, arranged a chat with a member of Villa’s coaching staff and decided to drive to Birmingham, to stroll around Villa Park and to pop in to Bruce’s regular pre-match conference. I sent him a text as a courtesy, just to let him know I’d be there. Within 30 seconds, he rang. “Why are you coming all the way down here, son?” he asked, even though he was in the middle of the same journey. “Save yourself the bother. What do you need?”

By the time the article appeared in the paper, it was no longer about Aston Villa. Bruce spoke searingly about “the horrible pain in the stomach that grief gives you,” his sense of “powerlessness.” Towards the end, Joe would often ask his son why he still put himself through the wringer of management. “It was his way of saying, ‘What are you doing, Steve? Are you mad?’” Bruce said. “We all ask that question of ourselves sometimes.”

Perhaps this is not much of an anecdote but, in my experience, it is a small illustration of the kind of man Bruce is; considerate, helpful and fundamentally decent. None of which are qualifications to manage Newcastle United, although that is precisely the point. The people who say that Bruce is not good enough for Newcastle have got it all wrong; he is too good. Way too good for Mike Ashley’s works team.

There are two reasons why Bruce, who has signed a three-year contract as head coach, should not be within a million miles of the job at St James’ Park. The first is that if Newcastle had even a modicum of ambition then Rafa Benítez would still be in the role, but after having the wit to appoint a manager who could still see the club in terms of potential and stature, they failed to understand what it entailed. That to improve means investment, imagination, speed of thought.

After Benítez, almost any manager would represent a step down, but he was the exception at Newcastle not the rule. Take the Spaniard out of it and Bruce is following Alan Pardew and Steve McClaren, all English, all experienced, all greeted with either bemusement or hostility. In both emotional and footballing terms, Benítez held the club together, keeping them in the Premier League and giving supporters a reason to believe. That glue has dissolved.

And so the second reason is more personal. Ashley’s Newcastle chews good people up; Benitez, Chris Hughton, Alan Shearer, Kevin Keegan. If anyone thinks it will be different with Bruce ... well, the last 12 years provides compelling, distressing precedent. At best, the club is unconventional and at worst it is dysfunctional, incapable of putting two good decisions together. Something always lurks around the corner.

The mood is noxious. Newcastle have lost Benítez, Ayoze Pérez has been sold to Leicester City for £30 million, Salomón Rondón, so impressive on loan from West Bromwich Albion last season, is not returning and they are yet to sign a player. Plenty of supporters are jettisoning season tickets, others are campaigning for a boycott of Newcastle’s first home match of the season. This is not fertile territory for optimism.

It will be said that Bruce knows what he is getting into, that by working for Ashley he is complicit with the regime, but nobody knows; not really. Benítez believed he was joining a club with designs on Europe, but is now working in China. McClaren believed he could change things; within months of his appointment, he and Paul Simpson, were given written warnings after the first-team coach spoke about transfers in public.

Bruce will back himself and so he should. “This is my boyhood club and it was my dad’s club, so this is a very special moment for me and my family,” he said today. Sheffield Wednesday and their supporters have a right to feel bruised, particularly regarding the timing of Bruce’s arrival and departure, but the 58-year-old has a chance to go home, into the Premier League. Like all managers, he will look at the peril and reckon he can wrestle with it.

New additions will arrive, belatedly. Newcastle have long been fixated on Joelinton, Hoffenheim’s Brazilian forward, who will cost around £36 million. They pressed the 22-year-old on Benítez, who demurred; he liked the player, but not at anything like that price and, if there was that much money available, why not let him spent it on his own choices? Who makes the recruitment decisions will be interesting. And what about the club’s ‘takeover?’ Where does that now stand?

At this mute club that shuns responsibility, everything Bruce says will be dissected and thrown back at him. He will be a very different figurehead to Benítez and, initially at least, the atmosphere will be toxic. As nufc.com, the independent fans website, put it, “this is the very opposite of ambition, but an appointment that nicely mirrors our grubby, unloved, derided shell of a football club”. I wish Bruce luck and victories. And I wish he wasn’t there.

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