Frank McAvennie has given his reaction to what Steve Bruce has recently said about some fans of Newcastle United.
The Lowdown: Bruce snaps
As quoted by The Daily Mail, Bruce snapped after he was asked by the media if he heard the away supporters calling for his head after the 4-1 away loss to Manchester United in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon.
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The former Aston Villa and Sunderland manager said: “What can I say to that? What do you want me to say? I’m delighted about it? I can’t comment on that, I’m sorry.”
The Latest: McAvennie on Bruce
Speaking to Football Insider, McAvennie, who is now a pundit after playing as a striker for the likes of Celtic and West Ham United, has claimed that Bruce will have regretted his outburst, but can understand his frustration.
“Bruce will have regretted that.
“It’s just human nature to give something back after you get criticised. He was probably raging during the interview but he will have regretted it.
“Bruce is in a really hard position, he’s working with what he’s got. The owner hasn’t backed him and until Ashley goes, nothing will change.
“What’s he playing at? It was bizarre. With those comments but I can understand what he’s saying. He’s clearly very frustrated.
“Whoever comes in after Bruce, it will be the same unless the owner changes.
“Not one team would have gone to Old Trafford and won at the weekend, it was one of those occasions.”
The Verdict: Feeling the pressure
Bruce is clearly feeling the pressure, with the Toon Army rightfully on his back after such a poor start to the new season.
The St. James’ Park faithful sit in 19th place in the top-flight table with just one point and no wins from their first four league games (Premier League), and now there is huge pressure for them to get a result at home to Leeds United on Friday night, who are also one of the teams without a victory yet.
Nonetheless, Bruce should not sink to outbursts like the one after their defeat at the weekend, and instead concentrate on getting his team fully prepared for their next fixture, and more importantly try and get the supporters back onside.
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