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Steve Bruce claims Newcastle stagnation under Mike Ashley’s ownership is a ‘myth’

‘It’s important we try to tackle that’: Steve Bruce claims Newcastle stagnates under Mike Ashley ownership, a ‘myth’ pending proposed Saudi £ 300m takeover

  • During Mike Ashley’s 13-year ownership, Newcastle has been downgraded twice
  • Ashley’s tenure is drawing to a close with the proposed Saudi takeover of £ 300 million
  • But Steve Bruce thinks it’s wrong to suggest that the club isn’t moving forward

Steve Bruce claims it is a “myth” that Newcastle United “stagnates” under the ownership of Mike Ashley.

In 13 years of Ashley, the Magpies have been relegated twice and once qualified for Europe, with supporters long protested against his leadership of the club.

Ashley’s tenure is drawing to a close with the proposed £ 300 million Saudi-led takeover pending approval by the Premier League.

Steve Bruce claims it’s a “myth” that Newcastle United “stagnates” under Mike Ashley

In 13 years of Ashley, the magpies have been demoted twice and once qualified for Europe

In 13 years of Ashley, the magpies have been demoted twice and once qualified for Europe

In 13 years of Ashley, the magpies have been demoted twice and once qualified for Europe

But Bruce, whose side has 43 points and is 13th in the Premier League, thinks it’s wrong to say the club isn’t moving forward.

“We’ve had a chance to reach our third-highest point total in the past 13 or 14 years, and one of them finished fifth,” said the head coach.

So this myth that the club is stagnating – it’s not true. And it is important that we try to tackle that.

“We are trying to move forward. We’ve only been out of the championship for three years.

Ashley's tenure ends with the proposed £ 300 million Saudi-led acquisition pending approval

Ashley's tenure ends with the proposed £ 300 million Saudi-led acquisition pending approval

Ashley’s tenure ends with the proposed £ 300 million Saudi-led acquisition pending approval

So this myth that we’re just stagnating and we’re just a horribly musty environment – it’s not true.

“We are gradually improving and the more you are in the Premier League, the more you improve, the better your players – and that is our goal to keep improving. And add a little more quality. ‘

The debate over Bruce’s earnings has started again this week after Wednesday’s 5-0 defeat in Manchester City.

Claims from some experts that Newcastle had a ‘fantastic’ season have angered many of the club’s followers.

The debate over Bruce's earnings has been rekindled this week following Newcastle's loss to Man City

The debate over Bruce's earnings has been rekindled this week following Newcastle's loss to Man City

The debate over Bruce’s earnings has been rekindled this week following Newcastle’s loss to Man City

But Bruce said, “I’ll never win (approval) with some – so I’ll leave it to others to judge.

“However, I don’t want to win a popularity contest. Rate me for the results we’ve had where we are.

“As for the debate surrounding myself, I’m never going to win. Looking ahead, it’s all about helping this club move forward – and I only want what’s best for this great football club of ours. ‘

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