Following the recent upturn in form of a number of the Premier League’s relegation-threatened sides, prior to Newcastle’s visit to Stamford Bridge on Monday evening, Bruce’s side currently occupy 17th place in the league standings, seven points above Fulham one spot below.
However, when asked how many points he thought would ensure top-flight survival for another year prior to their clash against Chelsea, Bruce stated his belief that the Magpies may not be required to hit the 40-point mark to beat the drop this season.
He said (via The Chronicle): “The key was always 40 points, 38 points, 35 points has been enough in the last decade. As I have said all along, it is always your accumulation of points, what you need and what you require. So we still have a bit of work to do yet before we get to the magical figure.”
However, after The Chronicle then relayed the 60-year-old’s comments on Twitter, fans of Newcastle flocked to have their say on the matter, with many appearing to be furious at what they perceived to be Bruce’s lack of ambition.
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So, what exactly did these Newcastle United fans have to say in reaction to Steve Bruce’s comments regarding relegation?
“Just shows we’ve fallen massively.”
“Someone tell Bruce he isn’t in charge of a promoted side. Rafa finished 10th in our first season up with a whole lineup that cost just £38m. It’s 4 seasons later and you’ve spent £110million net on the team and think 35 points & lower position would be acceptable? Disgrace.”
“Steve Bruce said we weren’t in a relegation battle a few weeks ago! He’s clueless.”
“40 points is like winning the league for this fraud.”
“The guy is a shambles.”
“Constantly lowering the bar.”
“Can you Imagine Rafa saying this?? No, me neither.”
All in all, it would appear that these Newcastle United fans were far from happy with the comments of Bruce, and, considering the fact that the 60-year-old said as recently as January 23 that his side were aiming to better their total of 44 points from last season, it is not difficult to see why.