Steve Bruce's son takes aim at 'toxic' critics as Newcastle United head coach wins Premier League award

Alex Bruce - the son of Newcastle United head coach Steve - has hit out at the ‘toxic’ critics after his Dad was voted Premier League manager of the month for April.

The 60-year-old guided the Magpies to an unbeaten month with wins against Burnley and West Ham, plus draws with Tottenham and Liverpool, easing relegation fears with safety now secured.

United’s upturn in form came after a large majority of fans called for Bruce to be sacked following a run of two wins in 21 matches.

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Former Hull City defender Alex was quick to congratulate his father – and also took aim at his doubters.

Steve Bruce's son, Alex, has hit out his Dad's "toxic" critics.  (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)Steve Bruce's son, Alex, has hit out his Dad's "toxic" critics.  (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
Steve Bruce's son, Alex, has hit out his Dad's "toxic" critics. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

He tweeted: “Well done Dad, and your staff no matter what has been written by toxic journalists who’ve had it in for you since taking the job trying to stick the knife in.

"We know what the club means to you the hours you put in and how proud you are to be Newcastle manager. Good luck tonight.”

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Relegation was, however, a very real possibility following a shocking defeat to Brighton and Hove Albion in March which left Bruce in a seemingly untenable position at St James’s Park. Owner Mike Ashley, however, thought differently.

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In an interview with talkSPORT earlier this week, Steve Bruce also addressed criticism of him from fans and, in particular, journalists.

“It’s a fantastic football club, and if you’re a Geordie, it’s unique,” said United’s head coach. “The vast majority of people you speak to on the street are wishing me the best of luck – and telling me to take no notice of the rubbish.

“It’s been very difficult, and certain journalists didn’t want me there from day one. I was never going to be good enough.

“That’s fair enough, and that’s his opinion, and you have to respect that. But come on, just be a bit balanced. You have to accept criticism, it’s part and parcel of it, but I think, at times, it has been unjust. I’ve always said to try and judge me when I have a fit squad.”

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Newcastle United host Manchester City this evening at St James’s Park, City fresh from being crowned Premier League champions.

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