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Steve Bruce fronts up to Newcastle fans by facing critical calls on radio phone-in

Steve Bruce fronts up to Newcastle United fans by facing critical calls on a radio phone-in ahead of their game against Aston Villa.

The Magpies boss listened to the incoming grumbles from fans just days on from his side’s 4-2 Premier League defeat against West Ham United last weekend.

After being abused from the stands in pre-season, Bruce was accused of talking Newcastle down, not making quick progress and ruining the seventh best defence in the league.

Other supporters questioned his brand of football saying it wasn’t entertaining enough, and the ambition, however Bruce refused to hide and said: “I am a fan myself. I want the best for this great club, which is to try and win something.

“I was like a kid in a sweet shop when I was offered it. It is my dream job.

“Winning a trophy has become difficult, because of the power of the top six, maybe top eight.

“I got to a cup final with Hull, Wigan have done it, Leicester have. The fans here want it more than any other team.”

Bruce was told he was too downbeat prior to games, when often he is just being respectful to the opposition.

Bruce replied: “Point taken. I will try to address that. We are up against Europe’s most outstanding teams. I don’t want to under-value or belittle our club in any way.

“We have the nucleus of a very good squad and if they stay fit I know we are capable of taking on anyone.”

Bruce himself knows that he can’t spend hundreds of millions to transfer the club in one transfer window.

So after being asked when fans could expect the brand of football, and results, to improve, Bruce replied: “In two years you have four transfer windows. We have brought in Willock. We have got Almiron, Joelinton, Callum Wilson. The team is improving.

“The brand of football is a debate? You have to be a bit pragmatic at times. Fans want to see goals and entertainment. It is getting the balance right.

“We have got to be better than avoiding relegation. Stay well, big players stay fit and I am hopeful we’ll be better than last year.”

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On the social media abuse he has received Bruce told Total Sport via BBC Newcastle: “No one likes to be criticised. From day one I knew I’d not be everyone’s cup of tea. I try to win them over and that is by results.

“If it is balanced and constructive, fine, you accept it. It is part of it.

“My son (Alex) has got embroiled in it. Then again some of the comments… he has a right to have a go back. Some of it is ridiculous.

“The vast majority, like when I walk the dog, people are great to me. A few on social media just want to be destructive.”

Bruce says his relationship with owner Mike Ashley is from “afar” and he is allowed to get on with managing with no interference.”

On his 900-odd game career in management, Bruce added: “I have managed the two clubs in Sheffield and the two in the North East!

“After my time at Sunderland it was a long time before the phone rang. It was Hull and I was hmm, cautions, but enjoyed my four years there.

“When I got the call from Lee Charnley I was like a kid in a sweet shop! It was an unbelievable opportunity. It happened so quick, out of the blue.

“I was offered the job 14 years ago and maybe that was too early for me to grasp it, and understand how enormous it is.”

On talk that he is told to play record signing Joelinton because he cost £40m, Bruce said: “My bosses have never interfered and I would never allow it. I have to stop that nonsense.

“They have never said “play him because we paid a lot of money”. That is a load of bull!”

Bruce finished off, saying: “It can be a bit difficult, it is the nature of the job, but manage a Premier League team and it will be difficult. I wanted to answer a few calls and let the supporters listen.”

Twitter users reacted as Steve Bruce fronts up to Newcastle fans by facing critical calls on a radio phone-in…

@MTurnbu13623434: Was disappointing he wasn’t even asked anything hard all the questions were filtered nd ppl on air gave him a easy time proper fans were not allowed on air #bruceout

@gibbynufc: Handpicked questions. No mention of the longstaffs etc

@Robinson_Callum: Filtered horseshit. A complete waste of time.

@russ1459: He’d be more suited to reading traffic updates than being NUFC manager

@JamesOnTheMic1: He wouldn’t be fed up with the criticism and the abuse if he didn’t continue to be a complete fool. Making the same mistakes over and over, playing players out of position. If he wants to get the fans onside all he has to do is stop being a moron.

@liamtsimmons: Steve Bruce biggest dope of a man but big respect for having the balls to go on the radio and answer the questions and fair play for helping the foodbank out last week 👏🏼 #NUFC

@Luketoon42: How can you get so many idiots on with awful questions? 1/2 good questions asked and the rest all about formations of the current team. Ask about undermining the fans etc

@Cameron42011286: Pathetic journalism from the BBC. No real questions being put to Bruce. Waste of time if your going to play it d safe – Massively disappointing

@MichaelLee_94: As if Steve Bruce actually went on the radio and admitted that he is in charge of defensive coaching, days after we shipped in 4 at home hahahahaha #nufc

@sms5441: That was really poor, tame questions, no challenging his answers

@992_911: Complete parcel of shite! #BruceOut

@lc_curry: This was bollocks, no hard questions…. bullshit as usual. We want him called out for having a go at fans, question his tactics, why he constantly says we cant change over night in his 3rd season his transfer decisions…. why he got rid of CBf when short in that area?…

@Weildy9: This was a opportunity to put some hard hitting questions to the manager of Newcastle United and it was a waste, don’t know if it was the call screening or what but he’s got away without being called upon some of the things he’s said about us fans over the last couple seasons.

@CraigMidd: Absolutely pathetic that was. Just as predicted. Soft as anything.

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