Newcastle United boss Steve Bruce may beat Jurgen Klopp to manager of the year because his team “can be aggressive and audacious”, according to Alyson Rudd for The Times.
Should Newcastle boss Steve Bruce be nominated for manager of the year?
This comes off the back of a very impressive away win and display against Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth, where Bruce’s side won rather convincingly 4-1 thanks to goals from Dwight Gayle, Sean Longstaff, Miguel Almiron and Valentino Lazaro, with a hat-trick of assists from Allan Saint-Maximin.
The result all but guarantees their safety in the Premier League, having reached 42 points in the table with six games still left to play.
Rudd also claimed that Bruce has overcome two obstacles that could have hindered other managers in his position, which is that he is not Rafa Benitez, who was loved by the majority of members of the Toon faithful during his time there, and also that he has been working under Mike Ashley, who has been an unpopular figure at St. James’ Park.
It is perhaps safe to say that what Bruce has achieved has been nothing short of brilliant, especially given the added bonus that he had guided the Magpies to their first FA Cup quarter-final for 15 years against Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City, losing out 2-0 to the current holders of the trophy.
Klopp will likely be one of the favourites to win the manager of the year award having guided Liverpool to their first Premier League title win in 30 years, with the Reds well clear at the top of England’s highest division.
However, Bruce could be in with a shout as Rudd suggests, given what he has gone on to achieve for the Toon so far in the 2019/20 season.
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