Steve Bruce vows to fight as Newcastle boss next season, saying he will only leave if they fire him … and denies suggesting fans’ expectations were too high.
- Steve Bruce is adamant that he will remain Newcastle’s manager next season
- The magpie boss has had to deal with pressure on his roll, but has brought the side to safety
- He insisted that he will only leave St James’ Park if the club decides to fire him
- Bruce also defended comments about ‘managing expectations’ at the club
Steve Bruce says he wants to continue as Newcastle boss next season – and has denied criticizing the club’s fans’ expectations.
The head coach gave a radio interview this week that sparked backlash against him from supporters and the local press.
Bruce had said it was ‘difficult’ to deal with the ‘expectation’ on Tyneside, an opinion that long angered fans when put forward by others.
Newcastle United boss Steve Bruce has insisted he will still be in charge next season
But Bruce claims, ‘If the fans think I meant their expectations are too high, then I didn’t mean that at all. That’s my limited vocabulary.
Maybe I used the wrong word with expectations because what makes this club great are the supporters. They come in their thousands and want the club to thrive. And actually I do. ‘
A subsequent report said Bruce could leave the club this summer if owner Mike Ashley doesn’t come with enough transfer money.
But Bruce says the only way he will leave is if the club fires him.
Bruce is rumored to be considering an exit if the club does not offer transfer funds
He denied accusing the club’s supporters of too high expectations after an interview sparked anger among the fan base
“I have a contract,” he said. Until I hear something else, I’ll keep going. We are currently in the preseason. We carry out all plans. There will be talks, and that’s what I can say to it.
‘I’m a football manager, I’m not ready to retire yet. You have to dust yourself and have thick skin. I will do my best.
“I have to accept criticism, and don’t let it beat you up too badly or influence you.”
Bruce has led the Magpies to Premier League survival, but insists they won’t be celebrating
Newcastle is safely in 16th position ahead of champions Manchester City’s visit on Friday. They have only won five games since mid-December, but three of them have come in the wake of a 3-0 defeat in Brighton in March, with fans calling for the manager to leave.
“We’re not going to celebrate (stay up),” Bruce added. ‘We are all striving to get Newcastle to the top 10, that’s where I wanted to be and the supporters to be.
‘It takes time, we don’t have the ability to change it, it takes more than one transfer window. We have to keep moving forward. Breaking into the top 10 or top 12 is the next step. ‘