Ex-football manager confused why Steve Bruce doesn't get the credit he deserves

Monday, March 9th, 2020 2:31pm

Martin Allen, former manager of several football league sides and now Love Sport presenter, discussed the job Steve Bruce has done at Newcastle.

Being a football manager is a hard job. It's even harder when you're producing the goods on the pitch but aren't getting the recognition you feel you might deserve off it. 

Steve Bruce at Newcastle might be feeling like that in his current role overseeing the Magpies. 

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Sat 13th in the Premier League, 8 points away from the relegation zone, Newcastle don't look likely to be going down this campaign. A run to the FA Cup quarter-finals, something the club have not achieved since 2006, has many wondering whether Bruce is doing a better job than the club's previous man at the helm, Rafa Benitez. 

On the face of it, Benitez may argue he didn't get the backing in terms of transfers like the club have seen recently- the impressive Allan Saint-Maximin has bolstered the Toon's squad and Joelinton was acquired in a record signing for the club.

The fans though haven't always taken to Bruce, who managed bitter rivals Sunderland several years ago.

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Asked by former Charlton player Paul Mortimer why Steve Bruce doesn't get the credit he deserves, ex-Leicester and Brentford manager Martin Allen was unable to answer the question.

"I have no idea. I have absolutely no idea.

"Here at Love Sport, I've met some of the Newcastle fans who do the Newcastle supporters show and I don't know.

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"I know that they had a loving with Rafa Benitez but I've watched Rafa Benitez's Newcastle team play at home; against Man City and have had basically 11 players on the edge of their own 18-yard box and play with the occasional counter attack. And [Newcastle fans] still be happy.

"Steve Bruce's players, it's not a very good squad that he's got you know, it ain't great.

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