Originally Posted by Sticky Vicky
Was talking to one of the lads who works in The Newcastle Hero at Central Station, last night.
He was working on Sunday afternoon while our match was on and a certain Mr Bruce walked past, saw that they had our match on and popped into the bar saw what the score was (one nil to us at the time) and shouted "get in" then wandered out again....
Seems he still cares about SAFC.
There's been a lot of spleen venting on here about Bruce. He's been demonised to the point where some are comparing him to Mackemenemy. It's ridiculous. Seems that far too many are mortally wounded by one misguided set of interviews that he made. The reference to mass hysteria was certainly ill advised. However, to read on here you would have thought that he was slagging us off at every opportunity. Its nonsense. While the defeatist rhetoric that followed may not be what we wanted, it was neither disrespectful nor insulting. Still, minds had been made up and offence was taken at every opportunity - people made sure of that.
History will show that he'd come to the end of his tenure here. His retreat into his shell this season was his undoing. Scared to lose. Scared to make a change. No positivity. I firmly believe that the squad isn't as bad as some say on here. We're short of one or two key players to achieve a comfortable mid table position. I hung in there a lot longer than most, I admit. However that was primarily down to a belief that we really aren't all that far away. As the weeks went by it became more and more frustrating that Bruce wasn't going to be the architect of his own salvation. He remains a good football fella, and I'm certain that the vast majority of those who eviscerate him on here would change their views if they sat down and had a pint with him. However, his downfall was of his own making and we now must come together and move on.
I still believe that we have a good basis for a squad and hope that MON can demonstrate this in the coming months. As someone said the other day, this is the last chance saloon for SAFC.