Steve Bruce returning to work on Wednesday to prepare for Crystal Palace – Report

Steve Bruce

Steve Bruce once again refused to consider resigning on Sunday.

In the aftermath of yet another defeat and bewildering tactics and team set up, the Head Coach making it clear he will not leave Newcastle United without his massive reported £8m pay-off.

Whilst outsiders demanded that Steve Bruce should be allowed to stay on and get a ‘sentimental’ 1000th game in management, the overwhelming majority of the fanbase looked on in disbelief, as he was allowed to extend his run to no wins in the last nine games (this season) and only seven victories in the last thirty eight matches (last ten months).

Wednesday morning has now brought news that Steve Bruce is returning to work today after having time off following Sunday’s dismal display and defeat.

The situation not helped with supporters seeing the Head Coach making it a three day gap before he and the players get back to work to try and improve the situation, Steve Bruce reported to have given himself and the NUFC squad Monday and Tuesday off work. It becoming a constant theme of fan unhappiness at the lack of time Steve Bruce has the players on the training pitch preparing for matches.

There is a perceived lack of fitness and sharpness, with Newcastle fans seeing the players chasing shadows for much of Sunday’s match and many of them tiring long before the final whistle. Danny Rose contributing at least one thing in his poor loan spell back in 2020, when he said he couldn’t believe how much time off Steve Bruce gave himself and the players, never having seen anything like it at any other club.

This perceived lack of fitness and time spent preparing for matches, is just one area where Newcastle fans are expecting to see major improvement in, when a new manager is appointed.

However, 13 days into the new ownership era and still no sign of that new man being appointed.

A new report non Wednesday morning from the Northern Echo says that Steve Bruce will be at the training ground today, to spend the first of the three days (unless there is more time off…) preparing for the away trip to Crystal Palace on Saturday.

The newspaper saying their information is that Steve Bruce has had no contact at all with Amanda Staveley or anybody else in the new ownership since Sunday’s latest disaster under Bruce.

Tuesday saw a comical day when it came to who was favourite to become the new Newcastle United manager, with bookies constantly moving potential candidates up and down the odds to try and get media attention and betting interest, over the course of the day there were four different favourites, with Frank Lampard, Eddie Howe, Lucien Favre and finally Paulo Fonseca ending up at the top of the market.

The bookies clearly having zero idea who will replace Steve Bruce, whilst fans hope the new owners do (have more than zero idea) by this point!

The Northern Echo points to early teething problems within the new ownership in terms of ‘establishing the chain of command’, as a key reason why no new manager has yet been appointed. The newspaper saying any decision has to be signed off by Amanda Staveley, the Reuben family and of course, the Saudi PIF majority shareholders.

It is obviously a balance in terms of getting a new manager in quick and making sure you get the right manager. However, the shambles against Spurs and Steve Bruce’s unprofessional press conference before that match, simply underlined that each extra day he spends at St James Park drags the club ever further down.

Whilst reports since the Tottenham defeat have claimed major unrest and unhappiness within the playing squad, with it reported that players were openly questioning Bruce’s tactics and team set up in the dressing room after the match, whilst frustration said to have boiled over to such an extent that Isaac Hayden and Jamaal Lascelles had to be pulled apart in the tunnel after the match.

Yet another complication is the desire by new owners to appoint a Director of Football and potentially needing that person in place before then appointing the new manager. Once again, most fans clearly understand the importance of that relationship and it is no good appointing a manager and then a Director of Football who may not be compatible. The reasoning being of course that a newly appointed DoF would then help decide which manager to appoint, whereas that doesn’t really work the other way (managers don’t help decide who the DoF is!).

If this was the summer and time to spare when deciding who to fill key positions at the club, it would be a very different scenario of course and no need for anybody to get uptight.

However, the Newcastle fans can see all too well the total mess Mike Ashley and Steve Bruce have got this club in and especially when it comes to the playing squad, any decent manager surely able to get far more out of this group of players. Despite a generous set of opening fixtures Bruce has overseen six defeats and three draws to have Newcastle deep in relegation trouble, a far from perfect scenario when you are taking control of a football club.

The conundrum is, the new owners need to get the right manager in, BUT whilst the wrong one remains, it just feels as though the relegation situation is going to get ever worse with each game Steve Bruce is allowed to remain in charge of.

Steve Bruce now preparing for managing game 1001, whilst for Newcastle fans it feels more like room 101 whilst he is allowed to remain.

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