Steve Bruce 'stung' by criticism from Newcastle United fans

Steve Bruce has been “stung” by criticism from Newcastle United fans, according to a report.

Wednesday, 21st August 2019, 12:45 pm
Updated Wednesday, 21st August 2019, 5:45 pm
Steve Bruce.
Steve Bruce.

Bruce’s side have lost their first two Premier League games – and there was a backlash to the weekend’s 3-1 defeat to Norwich City.

Supporters were critical of Bruce’s tactics in the game at Carrow Road, which was decided by a Teemu Pukki hat-trick. The result heaped more pressure on head coach Bruce, who succeeded the popular Rafa Benitez at St James’s Park last month.

Bruce, according to the Daily Star, was “braced for a backlash” when he signed a three-year deal at St James’s Park. However, the report adds that he “has been stung by the level of vitriol thrown at him, particularly since the Norwich loss”.

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