For quite some time, Newcastle supporters have let their grievances be known over the club’s performances and style of play under Bruce, while several pundits, including Murphy, have openly defended the former Hull City and Aston Villa boss.
However, following their recent slide down the division, the 60-year-old has come under increasing criticism from ex-players and pundits, something large sections of the fanbase have been saying since last season.
Speaking on TalkSport, Murphy said: “I’d be really, really worried as a Newcastle fan,” a sentiment that seems to be shared by the club’s supporters:
“The thing is 90% of the fan base knew this was coming the day he was appointed! We live in worry one horrendous decision to another. It’s been the media who have been brushing over the ineptness the fans have seen from day one.”
“What have the press been doing for 18 months, that’s how long we have been worried for. And we have been telling them that!”
“We were worried when Steve Bruce first brought in but all you media people told us he’s a great manager”
“We have been worried all season but everybody thought we were entitled”
“Been telling you this for months”
“These pundits are getting it. Right at the end. Funny the fans have been shouting this for months.”
It seems these fans are fully in agreement over their feelings towards Bruce, and the fact that pundits like Murphy have started to come around to their way of thinking has perhaps done little to offer any consolation to the supporters.