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Steve Bruce sacked by Newcastle United

Steve Bruce has officially been sacked by Newcastle United.

The 60-year-old had been heavily linked with an exit from St James’ Park for weeks after the takeover of the club went through during the most recent international break.

However with the search for a new manager not complete, the club opted to keep him in the role for his 1000th game in management in the 3-2 defeat to Tottenham on Sunday.

But the club have decided to pull the trigger now following a winless start to the Premier League campaign.

Assistant coach Graeme Jones has been put in temporary charge ahead of this weekend’s game with Crystal Palace while the club continue to search for their next boss.

In a statement released by the club, Newcastle said;

“Newcastle United Football Club can confirm that Steve Bruce has left his position as head coach by mutual consent. The club would like to place on record its gratitude to Steve for his contribution and wishes him well for the future.”

Steve Bruce also made a parting comment in the statement, thanking his staff and players and wishing the club well.

“I would like to thank my coaching team, the players and the support staff in particular for all their hard work. There have been highs and lows, but they have given everything even in difficult moments and should be proud of their efforts.

“This is a club with incredible support, and I hope the new owners can take it forward to where we all want it to be. I wish everyone the very best of luck for the rest of this season and beyond.”

Reports suggest that the Magpies have narrowed their search down to three managers with former Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe, former Dortmund boss Lucien Favre and former Roma boss Paulo Fonseca in the running for the role.

Newcastle United’s Poor Form Was Summed Up In Just One Half Against Chelsea

Few people involved in the footballing world, specifically the Premier League, would call Steve Bruce a “master tactician”.

The man himself has even gone so far in the past as to admit that he “doesn’t do tactics”. For those watching modern day football, where ‘Pep-style’ technical play has emerged, this admission is nothing short of alarming.

A striking graphic emerged over the weekend displaying Newcastle United’s average formation this season. As shown, it displays an absolute lack of forward-thinking football, and at any one time nearly every player is in their own half.

Coupled with the frightening statistics displayed during the Newcastle v Chelsea game at the weekend- Newcastle sit 20th in the league for total shots, touches in the opposition box and passes into the final third. This highlights a damning need for a change in the way Newcastle United play.

At the weekend Chelsea came to St James’ Park, by their own admission a “bogey” ground where results are unpredictable, and outplayed Newcastle United in every sense of the word.

With their main (and only reliable, respectively) striker out, Newcastle United barely got out of the starting blocks having only one shot on target and 29% possession. Without Callum Wilson, Newcastle have barely any threat going forward at all, unless you include Miguel Almiron who was benched, brought on at 65 minutes and created the only attacking threat.

This Bruce-style defensive football, which quite frankly barely includes any counter attacking nature, is simply not working- Newcastle have faced the most shots in the league up to this point and Karl Darlow has made the most saves.

The media like to portray Bruce as a great man who is “doing a good job” at Newcastle United. They sit 15th in the league, and have two 2-0 losses back to back, but prior to this beat a very strong Everton side 2-1 and drew with another strong Wolves team.

These types of unexpected results are what is giving the media, and other football fans at that, a false view on Bruce’s capability as a Premier League manager.

Southampton v Newcastle United - Premier League : News Photo

His managerial win rate at Newcastle United so far is 30% and for a team who wants to progress this is simply not acceptable. Especially when you take transfers under Bruce’s tenure on board; around £95m spent in his 18 months as manager and no progression being made as a team.

The football is extremely frustrating to watch and creative players like Saint-Maximin, who is regarded as one of the most exciting prospects in recent Newcastle United history, are being pulled back almost to wing backs as the lines are too deep.

Formations are being kept the same game to game despite different challenges faced from completely different teams which means our opposition have already found us out before the game kicks off.

With the emergence of attacking football this season which has allowed teams like Aston Villa, Everton and Leicester to surprise us all, this sitting back style of play will leave Newcastle United in very hot water unless something is done quickly.

Newcastle fans aren’t deluded enough to solely blame Bruce for this adversity but he IS in charge of the team selection and tactics and as a symptom of the Mike Ashley disease, this needs to be treated before it’s too late for Newcastle United.

Newcastle: Is Mike Ashley Their Unlikely Takeover Hero?

2020 – the year of the coronavirus pandemic, masked shoppers and Pizza-gate.

However seemingly even more wild is the emergence of Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley as the unlikely saviour of the Saudi takeover deal, and in turn, Newcastle United.

As we all know and saw, April 2020 brought news of a constant unsurprising aspect of Newcastle United fans lives – a takeover story.

PIF, the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia, came armed and dangerous with allies of renowned businesswoman Amanda Staveley and current owners of Queens Park Rangers Football Club, the Reuben brothers. Together tried to rally a bid that would’ve seen Newcastle United as one of not only the richest clubs in the Premier League but in the world.

The Premier League rejected the takeover deal, and the rejection brought with it the threat of legal action from Mr Ashley himself with all interested parties insisting that this was not the end.

This brings us to October 2020 and the news that members of a fan-led consortium, Newcastle Consortium Supporters Limited, have issued a ‘Letter Before Action’ to the Premier League supposedly backed by Mike Ashley and his current legal team, including leading Sports law QC Nick De Marco.

This fan-led group and their instructed QC, namely Robert O’Donoghue, have sent documents to the Premier League purporting that the halting of the £300million plus deal was against UK anti-competition law.

In their statement, the group believe the rejection of the takeover “infringed competition law”, specifically through the Owners & Directors test, and are seeking any and all documents in possession of the Premier League relating to this deal. The letter gives the Premier League until 4pm on 3rd November 2020 to respond and if this is not adhered to, the group intend to “commence legal proceedings forthwith against the Premier League for breach of competition law”. Their main aim is to be understood as to get the rejection overturned.


This news comes on the back of a week which saw Jamie Reuben, one of the spearheads of the Newcastle takeover deal stepping down from his position at QPR Football Club in “respect” for QPR fans, on top of Newcastle manager Steve Bruce claiming he “won’t be in the job much longer” and ‘bread-gate,’ where the lawyer in charge of Mike Ashley’s legal team sent Twitter into a meltdown over pictures of bread that included Black & White named champagne and bottles of Newcastle Brown Ale.

Also this week, Ashley himself shockingly & unusually released a statement opposing to the £14.95 pay-per-view costs that were introduced for Premier league games at the beginning of the month.

In his statement Ashley said;

I am calling on the Premier League to immediately act and review its current pay-per-view arrangements. Charging £14.95 for single televised matches in the current climate is not acceptable to any football fan.

He then goes onto advise the Premier League that reducing the price to £4.95 would make the matches “more accessible” to those who cannot attend games currently and any money retained from these PPV arrangements should be split equally between the Premier League & the football pyramid below.”

This all came as a huge surprise to Newcastle fans who know Ashley as a greedy businessman only interested in himself, and also a kick in the teeth to those fans still having season ticket money taken from the club monthly.

We know that Mike Ashley is more willing than ever to sell the club and is actively doing everything in his power to get this deal the green light. He is even attending most games which comes as a surprise to fans considering his notable absence in recent years, since the anti-Ashley chants echoed around St James’ Park. Maybe he is only there because the beloved fans aren’t allowed in stadiums for the foreseeable.

No one truly knows for certain what the real reason is, or what will happen at the club regarding the takeover. However, I think all Newcastle United fans can agree that the even less expected outcome of this is that the infamous Toon villain Ashley may just end up being Newcastle United’s hero.

Allan Saint-Maximin: Tyneside Saviour Ready To Explode

Over the last year and a bit, Newcastle United fans haven’t had the most to cheer about.

They managed to survive in the Premier League despite struggling for goals, with manager Steve Bruce opting for defence-first tactics. They had a big win over Manchester United during the campaign too and have started this season relatively well, securing 7 points from their first four games.

The good news continued this season too as it was revealed star-man Allan Saint-Maximin has put pen-to-paper on a brand new six-year deal, tying him to the club until 2026. Essentially the deal is just a one-year extension to his previous deal but on much improved terms to match his status in the squad.

His explosiveness, dribbling ability and unpredictability has seen him become a fan favourite at St James’ Park and he’s quite comfortably their best player. Not only have his performances matched it for the most part, but the player seems genuinely happy to be at the club too.

The new contract will obviously give Newcastle all sorts of leverage if any team decides they want to come in for the 23 year old winger, but the truth of the matter is there’s no rush right now.

Saint-Maximin is playing regular football, performing to a high standard and is a contributing factor in almost anything good coming out of the club right now.

Steve Bruce has made a considerable effort to ensure that Saint-Maximin doesn’t get burdened with being the only creative hub at the club this summer too. They signed Callum Wilson to play up front from Bournemouth while also signing Ryan Fraser, Jeff Hendrick and Jamal Lewis to strengthen the starting line-up.

The side have been a bit more daring this season too. Bruce has abandoned the five-at-the-back formation and opted for a more traditional 4-4-2, with Saint-Maximin given the freedom of the left-wing. Jamal Lewis operates behind him and is an upgrade on former midfielder Matt Ritchie in that position, helping in the attacks when necessary but more often than not just ensuring that defensively it isn’t a gaping weakness in the side.

The addition of Jeff Hendrick adds cover to the central midfield position while Callum Wilson’s addition to the attack means that Saint-Maximin’s hard work isn’t going without reward now since Joelinton’s role as the main goalscorer has been reduced.

Now that the club have got a star to build their club around once again, it’s time for results on the pitch to match so that Tyneside can have a giant of a football club for the first time in over a decade.