Steve Bruce responds to ‘personal’ criticism from Newcastle United fans

Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce believes the criticism from some fans is “personal” but says he won’t be leaving the club because of it.

Bruce has been in charge of the Magpies since July 2019, succeeding fan favorite Rafa Benitez at St. James’ Park.

Fans at the club started a ‘Bruce Out’ move following the loss to Sheffield United, which claimed their first Premier League season win after 18 games against Newcastle, Bruce later admitting he picked the wrong side. for the game.

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Bruce is under heavy pressure at St James’ Park | Pool / Getty Images

Bruce however thinks the criticisms are personal from some as they never thought he should have gotten the job to begin with.

Speaking in his pre-match press conference ahead of Monday’s trip to Arsenal (via BBC), Bruce said: “I have made a career of never giving in, so I won’t. [now], I will continue to try to do my best to make things better.

“[The criticism] has been personal from day one – some people think I shouldn’t have been in labor to begin with. All I can do is accept it and try not to be too downcast. “

Newcastle are winless in six Premier League games and have slipped to 15th position in the league, and they were eliminated from the Carabao Cup in the semi-finals and the FA Cup in the third round, along with the club’s official supporters. trust claiming they “sleepwalker to relegation”.

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Bruce thinks the criticisms are personal from fans who never wanted him to get the job | Mark Runnacles / Getty Images

Bruce admitted his team were in a relegation battle this season, but defended their defensive approach to games.

“I understand the frustration and anger of the fans – I would be the same way,” added Bruce, who was a Newcastle United fan growing up.

“But I keep pointing out that if you’re in the lower half of the Premier League, you have to be a little pragmatic. Now, to find that balance, I understand fully, fully.

“Has Newcastle been a good watch for years? We have been in the lower half of the Premier League. Now we’re not saying it’s okay, but that’s how it is. So we have to have a certain way of defending well, but I agree that we have to offer more in the future. “