Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce has been dubbed the “fall guy” at the Premier League club, and his son Alex says the abuse he has endured since his appointment in 2019 has been difficult to bear.
Following the team’s acquisition by a Saudi Arabia-led consortium last month, Bruce has had a rough time since replacing fan favorite Rafa Benitez, and suspicion is rife that he is on his way out.
Following a 3-2 loss to Tottenham Hotspur in his 1000th match as a manager on Sunday, he vowed to stay on as long as the new owners wanted him to.
“It’s been difficult. I’m not going to lie and say it hasn’t been difficult to watch the criticism “Alex Bruce, who played for Hull City in the Premier League, told the Bazzup.
“Considering he’s done 1000 games, the lack of respect that’s been shown to him since he accepted the position has been astounding.”
Former Newcastle owner Mike Ashley, according to Alex Bruce, did not allow his father to send in reinforcements.
Alex Bruce explained, “He had an owner who was seeking to sell the club.” “An owner who didn’t want to put any money into the club for a variety of reasons could only use the money generated by the club, and with the COVID-19 pandemic, there was none.
“In the last transfer window, he attempted to bolster the squad. They sorely needed defensive reinforcements, and I believe he was angry that he couldn’t provide them, so there were a number of factors that made the task tough.
“He’s been the scapegoat. ‘Why don’t you let someone else do the press?’ I’ve told him numerous times. ‘Because I’m the manager, it’s my responsibility,’ he explains.” <