Newcastle United fan group reiterate calls for under-fire Steve Bruce to be sacked

Newcastle United fan group Toon For Change have reiterated their calls for Steve Bruce to be sacked claiming relegation is the likely result of further delay in addressing the situation.

Monday, 22nd February 2021, 8:26 am
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 21: Steve Bruce, Manager of Newcastle United interacts with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Manager of Manchester United after the Premier League match between Manchester United and Newcastle United at Old Trafford on February 21, 2021 in Manchester, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Phil Noble - Pool/Getty Images)

Earlier this year the group put out a statement calling for the former Aston Villa and Sunderland boss to be booted out of St James’ Park, following a dismal run of Premier League results.

The club’s two latest defeats – and an upturn in fortunes for Fulham – has seen a 10-point gap to third bottom disintegrate to its current total of three.

And in their latest statement, Toon For Change want the club’s hierarchy to act now, before it is too late – because they believe relegation is inevitable should Bruce remain in the top job at United.

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They also want the club to appoint a more ambitious successor to the post.

Their statement reads: “Toon For Change reiterate our urgent plea to Newcastle United – Bruce must go before it is too late.

“Having managed over 300 Premier League games, Steve Bruce is statistically one of the worst ever Premier League managers. Despite an illustrious playing career, Bruce’s managerial career has failed to come close in any aspect. Whilst priding himself on his man management skills, Bruce’s comments such as “bang average” when referring to his managerial career are unlikely to inspire those currently playing under his stewardship or excite any potential new signings.

“Steve Bruce is the most immediate threat to the future of our football club; the club he purports to love. We are now only 3 points outside of the relegation zone and with a worse goal difference than our immediate rivals. We continue to urge the club to appoint an ambitious and progressive manager urgently to protect the future of our club.

“Without a change in the management team, the club is fast sleepwalking into their third relegation in as many seasons. Mistakes have not been learnt from previous relegation seasons where a change in the management team came at too late a stage to save our Premier League status.

“This is not histrionics, this is not mass hysteria and we are not keyboard warriors. We have seen this play before and we know how it ends. Bruce out – before it is too late.”