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Bruce’s subtle lowering of expectations at NUFC

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Going off the majority of the mainstream media’s take on Newcastle United, you would think a 12th placed finish was cause for celebration on Tyneside, it is not.

Newcastle finishing one place and one point ahead of their previous season’s effort is symbolic of the stagnant state that this club finds itself in, whilst the run of games that saw us win twice in 21 attempt is a stark warning that we are capable of much worse.

Going into the season, the United Head Coach Steve Bruce was talking up his side’s chances of progression this campaign, referencing a top 10 finish on multiple occasions.

These are comments he distanced himself from during the horrific run that at one point had the Magpies just one point ahead of the dreaded drop zone and favourites with the bookmakers to be playing Championship football next term.

All of a sudden, Bruce was coming out in the press saying that his remit was merely to ‘keep Newcastle in the Premier League’.

This is something that his many chums in the media are keen to eat up as they try and laud the hapless Head Coach and his achievement in doing so.

Bruce has succeeded in pulling wool over the eyes of many of the media but he has not been so fortunate with the fan base and the boos he received at St. James’ Park following the 1-0 win over Sheffield United showed this.

It must also be said that it is still possible to give some credit to Bruce and his staff without wanting them to still find themselves employed by the club when the players return for pre-season.

The best course of action going into the new season would be still be to dismiss the unpopular boss and allow the club to start afresh with a new man in the dugout.

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