Former Newcastle player Mick Martin spoke about Steve Bruce's tenure so far and what Alan Shearer told Bruce before he took the hotseat last summer.
Steve Bruce took over Newcastle at the beginning of the season. There was a general consensus amongst supporters that it would be difficult to surpass predecessor, Rafa Benitez's achievements.
The Spaniard got the Toon army back in the Premier League at the first time of asking and kept them up for two consecutive seasons.
Former Aston Villa, Sunderland, Wigan, Birmingham and Hull City manager Steve Bruce has so far guided Newcastle to 14th in the Premier League and has overseen their progression to a first FA Cup quarter-final in 13-years.
Mick Martin, former Newcastle midfielder, offered his thoughts on Bruce.
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“I remember talking to Alan Shearer about his appointment and Alan said: 'I told him not to take it because it was a difficult one following Rafa Benitez'. But in fairness to 'Brucey' it's his hometown club, he's a Geordie boy. He took it [the opportunity] on.”
Newcastle crept through to the F.A Cup quarter-finals midweek, where they'll face holders, Manchester City. The Magpies are also currently five points above the relegation zone.
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“At this moment in time for where he is in the league and also in the cup at the start of the season he would have settled for that.”
Martin continued: “Things have been pretty good for him I have to say. Over the last four or five games they have been very ordinary. Watching them was like pulling teeth.”
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Their style of play has often been criticised by the fans. Record signing Joelinton, who was supposed to be their main goal threat, has only scored three goals so far this season. Miguel Almiron is finally beginning to net after a seemingly indefinite drought. He has six goals for the Toon.
Should Newcastle beat their 45 point haul of last season it would be a visible improvement.
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