Steve Bruce reveals why he won't 'walk away' from Newcastle United job

Steve Bruce says he’ll never think of himself when it comes to managing Newcastle United.

Monday, 22nd March 2021, 12:30 pm

Bruce is under intense pressure following a run of two wins from 20 games in all competitions.

There were more calls for him for a managerial change at St James’s Park following Saturday’s shocking 3-0 defeat to Brighton and Hove Albion at the Amex Stadium. However, owner Mike Ashley has decided to back, rather than sack, Bruce, despite the club’s woeful record in recent months.

Bruce, under contract until next summer, again insisted that he would not walk away from the job after the Brighton defeat – and he referred questions about his future to the club's hierarchy.

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United’s head coach was also asked if it would be better for himself to walk away from the job.

“I’ve never thought of myself when managing,” said Bruce. “I’m not one, because it’s tough, to walk away from it. It’s not in my nature. So I will never walk away from it because it’s too tough. The easy thing would be to say ‘oh, yes – I’m feeling desperately low (and walk away)’.

“I will accept the responsibility, because it rightly rests at my door. Today simply we weren’t good enough, and that’s the frustration.”

Newcastle, 17th in the Premier League, went into the two-week international break just two points above the relegation zone, though the club has a game in hand over third-bottom Fulham.

Steve Bruce.
Steve Bruce.

United take on Tottenham Hotspur at St James’s Park on April 4.

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