Steve Bruce reveals his view on the return of Newcastle United fans

Steve Bruce says he’s “desperate” to see fans back inside St James’s Park.

Sunday, 4th April 2021, 9:44 am

It’s been more than a year since Newcastle United fans last attended a Premier League game at the stadium due to the coronavirus pandemic – and this afternoon’s home fixture against Tottenham Hotspur will be played behind closed doors.

Bruce – who has been spared a supporter backlash for poor results inside the stadium – is keen to see them back this season, despite the likely calls for him to go from the stands.

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"I would desperately want the fans inside the ground,” said United’s head coach. “Absolutely. 100%.

“Without them, then, we're just like every other club. Playing behind closed doors, for me, we've all got sort of used to it a little bit, but when we see the internationals, and we see four or five thousand at a game, it makes a difference. Look, I would want the supporters in, because that's what it's all about.”

Bruce believes supporters would get behind the team – whatever their views on his future.

"We've missed them dreadfully, and I'm sure, at this particular time, they'll get behind the team – and that's the most important thing now,” said Bruce. “We're in a scrap, we're in a fight – let's get ready for it.

Steve Bruce

“Certainly, the supporters would play their part in it – I'm absolutely convinced they would – to try and drag us over the line in certain situations."