‘Harsh on Bruce’ – These Newcastle fans move to defend boss after ‘pointless’ stats emerge

By | 16th January 2020
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With 22 Premier League games now under his belt as Newcastle United manager, Sky Sports have recently compared Steve Bruce’s record to that of Rafa Benitez’s over the same number. Indeed, Keith Downie wrote about how Bruce was in a much better position to tempt Mike Ashley into spending money this summer given his greater working relationship with the Sports Direct mogul but a drill-down in the stats had fans talking online. 



The figures were relayed by @NUFC360, with Benitez boasting a better record in points (though only by 1), goals conceded, possession and expected goals, though the two managers have won the same number of games. Still, while Benitez may be a more popular figure on Tyneside – as Downie speaks about in his piece – it’s perhaps important to remember that he was working with a squad he had built for a season in the Championship for many of the games measured.

Bruce, meanwhile, has been working with a squad built for him (as Downie claims in his write-up), so a direct comparison does seem slightly unfair. So, with that in mind, here’s a look at how some sections of the support reacted on social media.

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This post written by Jonathan Gorrie originally appeared on Nothing but Newcastle. Read the full post here.

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