Bruce is widely expected to part with Newcastle after the Saudi Arabia Public Investment Fund takes over the club
“What is a club anyway?” Bobby Robson wasn’t the first to ask the question, but his indictment was the most Newcastle-centered and devastating in modern football.
“Not the buildings or the directors or the people who are paid to represent them. It’s not the television contracts, exit clauses, marketing departments or boardrooms. It’s the noise, the passion, the sense of belonging, the pride in your city. ”
To take away those elements – the passion, the pride, the prestige of
Sports Direct Arena St James Park – aims to explain how we got to where we are today. It mitigates why a fan base is in moral conflict, cautiously hoping for a new dawn, but unable to see the departure of Mike Ashley and the end of that era – one marked by relegations and the sight of players hitting the garbage cans use as ice – appropriate to celebrate baths on the training ground.
In a sort of perverted Stockholm Syndrome, some had given up the fight with Ashley, a billionaire who had almost apathied one of the most passionate football cities in English football. Steve Bruce somehow became the villain of a theater that he had arrived at in 2019 and positioned himself as a “local hero” who roared at the Tannys.
Born in Corbridge, just 15 miles away, he must have burned these bridges long before he started his dream job when he took over the post in Sunderland more than a decade earlier.
Also, Bruce’s charges never concerned his Geordie credentials; Fans were desperate over his lack of solidarity, his seemingly willing acceptance of the agenda Ashley set. During his pathetic tenure, Newcastle managers were always lacking in power, but at least Rafael Benitez felt compassionate, hit back and eventually walked away realizing his battle was lost.
Football was somewhere in the middle. Newcastle is 19th and has not yet won a game. Their defensive record is so bad that it is only beaten by Norwich City and they have Tottenham, Arsenal, Leicester, Liverpool and Manchester City to play in the next 11 games.
During the 2-2 draw with Southampton, when the fans were chanting “We want Brucie out,” he replied, “You have a right to your opinion. I find the whole thing very, very disappointing, as anyone would probably do. ”
Last season, finishing twelfth looked respectable on paper, but they were 14 points off the top half. Only Sheffield United, West Brom, Crystal Palace and Southampton conceded more goals.
Unlike at the end of his tenure at Aston Villa, Bruce has not yet seen the shame of being pelted with cabbage on his way out, but it is becoming more and more likely that he will actually leave as the ink dries when the bookies take over He rates him as the odds favorite to be the next Premier League manager to leave his post as new director that Amanda Staveley plans to hold talks this week.
Lampard has been unemployed since being laid off by Chelsea in January. The former English midfielder stayed at Stamford Bridge for just 18 months, finishing ninth with the club and only having one win from five league games. Even so, he has received praise for his work with Chelsea’s youth and helped develop people like Mason Mount (though his hand was forced through a transfer embargo).
The chances that the former Borussia Dortmund coach will take over the office in Newcastle have fallen dramatically. The former coach of Borussia Mönchengladbach and Nice has been unemployed since his dismissal by Dortmund in 2020, and although he was about to move to Crystal Palace in the summer, the Swiss retired with a late about-face and is now planning to head northeast .
The great coup. Conte has held talks with Tottenham over the summer but reportedly snubbed Daniel Levy’s hesitant transfer plans. The Italian, who won the league with his last three clubs – Inter Milan, Chelsea and Juventus – would inevitably be given a much higher budget at Newcastle, where the wealth of the new owners will eclipse even that of Manchester City’s Sheikh Mansour.
Gerrard led the Rangers to their first Scottish title since the re-establishment, but the consensus has always been that his appearance at Ibrox is a trial run before accepting a job in the Premier League. Often touted as the man who will eventually take over from Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool, the odds suggest his time could come sooner if he were willing to fight a struggle for survival with Newcastle first.
Rodgers’ odds have increased, not least because he would be difficult to get out of Leicester after winning the FA Cup last season. The 48-year-old has eight major honors on his résumé, but has spoken publicly about his commitment to the Füchse – although his current team is 13th in the table at the time of the international break.