This is why Steve Bruce doesn't yet expect to hear his name sung by fans

Steve Bruce doesn’t expect to hear his name sung just yet – even though his team is climbing the Premier League.

Newcastle United are 11th in the division ahead of this afternoon’s home game against Southampton.

Bruce’s appointment as head coach was met with a lukewarm reception on Tyneside. Asked if fans would be singing his name before Christmas, Bruce said: “What is it, another month? I’m not so sure about that!”

On the the backing the team got during Thursday night’s 2-0 win over Sheffield United at Bramall Lane, Bruce said: “They were fantastic. I’ve said it many times – that’s what makes the football club. Tor many, many years, they’ve stayed loyal behind their team. They’re unrelenting in their support.”

Steve Bruce.

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Bruce, a boyhood United fan, hopes to forge a bond with supporters over time. The 58-year-old said: “I hope I can prove a few people wrong, but there’s still a long way to go.”