Steve Bruce reveals his view on the return of Newcastle United fans amid calls for him to be sacked
Steve Bruce says he’s “desperate” to see fans back inside St James’s Park.
It’s been more than a year since Newcastle United fans last attended a Premier League game at the stadium due to the coronavirus pandemic – and this afternoon’s home fixture against Tottenham Hotspur will be played behind closed doors.
There could be some supporters back for the relegation-threatened club’s final two games of the season at home to Sheffield United and away to Fulham.
Bruce – who has been spared a supporter backlash for poor results inside the stadium – is keen to see them back this season, despite the likely calls for him to go from the stands.
"I would desperately want the fans inside the ground,” said United’s head coach. “Absolutely. 100%.
“Without them, then, we're just like every other club. Playing behind closed doors, for me, we've all got sort of used to it a little bit, but when we see the internationals, and we see four or five thousand at a game, it makes a difference. Look, I would want the supporters in, because that's what it's all about.”
Bruce believes supporters would get behind the team – whatever their views on his future.
"We've missed them dreadfully, and I'm sure, at this particular time, they'll get behind the team – and that's the most important thing now,” said Bruce. “We're in a scrap, we're in a fight – let's get ready for it.
“Certainly, the supporters would play their part in it – I'm absolutely convinced they would – to try and drag us over the line in certain situations."