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Fans take aim as Steve Bruce causes a stir with Eddie Howe and ‘retirement’ comments

Fans take aim as Steve Bruce causes a stir with some surprising comments regarding Eddie Howe and ‘retirement’ this week.

The 62 year old manager continues to remain unpopular among Magpies supporters, however he has recently claimed he helped the club find his managerial successor in Eddie Howe.

Bruce departed from the club back in October 2021 by mutual consent, with Newcastle, at the time, sitting second from bottom in the Premier League and picking up no wins in eight matches.

Before long, the Saudi-backed owners said goodbye with Bruce less than two weeks after taking ownership, and for the better with Newcastle now flying high in 3rd place with 35 points from 18 games.

Bruce was appointed as Bruce’s successor in 2021. Howe has since transformed the fortunes of the North East club, finishing 11th in Premier League for 2021/22, and 14 points clear of relegation.

They have lost only once in the top flight and on Tuesday night, they will take on Leicester City in the Carabao Cup quarter-finals as they attempt to reach a domestic semi-final for the first-time in 18 years.

Bruce was positive when he talking about the impact of Howe and the owners at his old club, as well as how his personal situation ended there.

‘The new owners were terrific with me I have to say,’ said on the Die For Three Points Podcast.

‘They did say how can we help you, I said: “Look I think my time is up here, because the only negative thing that’s left now is myself”.

‘And would you believe they did ask me my opinion of who could take over and I did recommend Eddie to them and thought he’s a very very good young manager.

‘Pleased to say that he got the job and I am delighted that they’re doing so well.’

‘The new owners were terrific with me I have to say,’ he told the Die For Three Points Podcast.

‘They did say how can we help you, I said: “Look I think my time is up here, because the only negative thing that’s left now is myself”.

‘After what happened at Newcastle, personally, and what the family went through – I did question it (retirement) then – but within four months I’m making myself look like a right mug because I end up taking another job,’ Bruce told the Die For Three Points podcast.

‘But I honestly, genuinely thought maybe it’s time. Do I really want to put the family (through it)? When you are getting all sorts of threats and they want to try and burn your house down and things like that, it became really difficult for the family.

‘But the biggest thing is what do you do with your time, because in football – you are institutionalised a little bit.

‘When it comes to an end it becomes very difficult for a lot of footballers.

‘It’s the most difficult thing we all have to deal with. It’s the same thing with management. It grabs such a hold of you – when you have enjoyed it like I have – how you deal with it becomes an issue.

‘How do you deal with the next step of your life. How do you get away from it. I’m trying to go through that now if I’m being honest. The big thing is what you do with the time.’

‘And would you believe they did ask me my opinion of who could take over and I did recommend Eddie to them and thought he’s a very very good young manager.

‘Pleased to say that he got the job and I am delighted that they’re doing so well.’

After departing West Brom last season, he has been unemployed and is now considering life away from the touchline.

He hinted at potentially walking away from the game, adding: ‘I’m looking at it now, the last job in particular hasn’t gone so well. So is it time to say “OK – can I see if I can be without it?”

‘But, certainly, I’ve enjoyed it. Has it been difficult? Of course it has – if you’re going to go into management there is going to be difficult moments ahead.

‘I don’t think you can ever say never – but at this moment in time I’m bordering on that way (retirement).’

Luke Edwards of The Telegraph however gave an update on talk of retirement, writing: “Steve Bruce has not retired.

“He also knows he might not work again as manager and is prepared for that.

“I’ve spoken to him.

“He’s taking a break but will listen to job offers if and when they come.

“This would not be the first time he has hinted at retirement and not retired.”

As mentioned, fans take aim as Steve Bruce causes a stir with Eddie Howe and ‘retirement’ comments…

@DR01992: Steve Bruce is a fucking parody like. Blokes a complete embarrassment

@blackwhitetoon:
Same old Steve Bruce.
Always lying.
He’s so full of shit, but not surprising considering the number of kebabs he stuffs down his pie hole.
“Howe’s the bacon did you say?”
That’s the closest he ever got to recommend Eddie to the new owners.
Clown.

@Keithr10: He retired from being any sort of football manager many years ago, just took his pay and offered absolutely nothing to any club over the past few years apart from a massive lack of technical and tactical knowledge….

@AndyBtheatre: No doubt Sky will puck him up as a pundit for NUFC matches; him and Souness giving us their valued, current opinions on a club who paid them millions and got crap in return.

@Dazdrfcwool: Shocking manager Bruce just look at West Brom now with same squad #dinosaur

@SirMonkeySuit: Massive Liar though, petulant child. Claims he had a hand in Eddie Howe as his successor? The guy legitimately called Eddie Howe out as “the guy who got relegated with Bournemouth” because he was worried about losing his job.

@KrisDoog: I think they said, “here is the £8m payoff that you earned Steve,” and he responded, “how?”

@LittleHenryD: The club should not give this air time, we need to consign bruces tenure to history and move on. Life is too short and we don’t need the negativity on our journey. Great times ahead, the future is looking bright.

@Geoff_NUFC: Steve Bruce spouting shit to the end, good riddance to the habitual liar. #nufc

@sazzerinho2: Bruce’s “words” to the owners: “You will not find a better manager than me. But good luck hiring that fella that got Bournemouth relegated. He’s seems like a good lad but not at better manager than me. But go ahead hire him if you want to get relegated”

@NUFC_Africa: He always wants to take credit for things he hasn’t done.Explain this to me mate; how can the same person that recommended Howe to the owners pass a silly remark about Howe getting Bournemouth relegated to insinuate he isn’t fit for purpose when it came to the newcastle job #NUFC

@LaneHusband1: This bloke has no shame, no accountability, no class, deflects blame, lies and is deeply unlikeable. I’d love to think we’ve seen the last of him, but when a huge deal arises that he can capitalise on as a result of more failure, he’ll be on it quicker than a donner kebab #NUFC

@flettymcflett: If brucey put eddies name forward, eddie wouldnt of got the job. Also if eddie hadnt managed to keep us up, and then went on to not get promoted back to the prem brucey would be telling everyone he telt the new owners they should of kept away from him

@JackJDees: Yes he did. Lying bastard. “The bloke who got Bournemouth relegated”

@lauren_schoffs: “When I see polls, the next manager and the fella from Bournemouth, I find it disrespectful, I have to tell you. Your paper was gunning for a manager that got a team relegated last year.”

@thelfrith2: Following Bruce’s logic, he was therefore trying to set up #NUFC for relegation by employing “that fella” 🤷🏼‍♂️ 🤡🤡🤡

@eddiehowesmags: Steve Bruce on this podcast claiming he recommended Eddie Howe to #nufc owners. Also banging on about abuse to his family, obviously meaning @AlexBruce84. He brought it on himself because he’s an absolute tool and he’s a grown bloke not a child. Laughable

@JarrodCross13: Bruce is a legend alright. Legendary for destroying morale and putting squads in the relegation zone.

@BobbyGoa: This man during his time at #nufc went on to show him as shameless and classless now showing himself a diabolical liar. He very well knows that Amanda isnt going get dragged into the conversation.

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