Premier League title winner Micah Richards played under Steve Bruce during his time at Aston Villa, with the Englishman speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live about Newcastle’s current predicament.
Richards, who made 246 appearances for Manchester City over the course of just under a decade, coming through their academy, recently retired from football after long periods on the sidelines at Villa – citing a repeated knee issue as the reason he couldn’t get match fit and play regularly for the Villans.
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Now, the former England international has turned his hand to punditry – with his latest radio appearance addressing the situation at Newcastle and showing support for former manager Bruce.
It’s no secret the Magpies’ current manager isn’t the most popular figure at St. James’ Park, but Richards insists the fans need to ‘ease off’ the boss and give him a chance to improve the squad.
In an interview with BBC Radio 5 Live via The Chronicle [20:42], the 31-year-old stated: “I think the fans should ease off Steve Bruce a little bit because I think he’s done a really good job under these circumstances.
“I worked under him. Some would argue he doesn’t play great football, but they are organised, hard-working and try and catch you on the counter-attack.
“If you’ve got the basics right in football, it’s just about getting that little bit right and that little bit of luck in front of goal.”
Indeed, Richards may have a point about the Magpies being relatively solid at the back, but despite a flurry of goals in their last two games, the glaring problems going forward are there – with Bruce needing to fix that issue sooner rather than later.
Club record signing Joelinton has only scored one goal so far this season, for example, epitomising Newcastle’s struggles in attack.Like what the TT have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!