It is a very important game in Newcastle United’s season, as a defeat at St James’ Park could open up an opportunity for 18th placed Fulham to leapfrog them on Sunday and plunge them into the relegation zone.
However, one question in his press conference didn’t focus on the game ahead, but rather one that they recently played. After their defeat Manchester United, Bruce was caught smiling (via @Stevewraith) with Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, something that caused uproar in the immediate aftermath. When asked about the incident, Bruce claimed that he was smiling “because the Man United boss complimented him over Newcastle’s performance.”
An answer that didn’t do much to ease the tension with the supporters as they doubled down their anger towards the head coach, deeming it not acceptable given the circumstances, and that he was simply trying to lie his way out of trouble:
“Another lie from our leader”
Will Steve Bruce last the season at NUFC?
At least now he can consider it something of a warning to make sure he doesn’t make a similar mistake further down the line.