After being announced as the successor to Rafa Benitez at Newcastle United, the former Sunderland manager Steve Bruce is looking certain to face a tough uphill battle to get the fans onside and secondly the players firstly.
Furthermore, the fans of Newcastle United are not exactly in a loving mood, to put it politely. This is after the owner Mike Ashley, who the fans already despised enough, let the man that brought stability to the club slip through his fingers.
This left the fans fuming and therefore led to them once again demand Ashley finally sell up, which to be fair to him he has been trying, but negotiations are going fairly slow put it that way.
Moreover, the new Newcastle manager, Steve Bruce, will only have one recognised striker in Yoshinori Muto at his disposal after the club failed to sign Salomon Rondon on a permanent deal and sold star man Ayoze Perez to Leicester City for £30 million. This means that Mike Ashley will be forced to put his hand in his pockets and perhaps spend big on a new striker. However, if previous occasions are anything to go by, Newcastle fans shouldn't get their hopes up for a big-money player.
In addition to this, the fact that Bruce is a former Sunderland manager, Newcastle's arch-rivals, means that the Magpie fans may struggle to warm to the new manager. This along with Bruce's trophy history, with the only significant trophy in his cabinet a Championship playoff title, doesn't exactly give the fans hope. One can understand why when you compare former manager Benitez to new manager Bruce.
To conclude, Bruce currently faces the hardest job in football with uncertainty with the ownership of the club, star players leaving and the fans slowly but surely becoming angry and simply fed up with how the club is run. This season could be a devastating one once again for Newcastle United bit this time under Steve Bruce.Published 18 Jul 2019, 20:30 IST