In an exclusive interview with This is Futbol, Newcastle United legend Steve Howey has claimed that the fans don’t want to give Steve Bruce any praise for the job he has done at St James’ Park.
Bruce has managed to turn the Magpies’ fortunes around after their embarrassing 3-0 defeat against Brighton, and they had only lost one of their previous six Premier League matches prior to their match against Manchester City, to not only secure their top-flight spot for another season but also see Bruce claim the April Manager of the Month award.
Does Bruce deserve a new contract?
Speaking on why supporters don’t want to give Bruce any praise when he does a good job and how criticism is fair if it’s not personal, Howey exclusively told This is Futbol:
“Give criticism where it’s deserved, without it being personal, but I also think that you have to give praise when it’s deserved, and I think sometimes Newcastle fans even if he’s doing well don’t want to do that.
“I think some fans are at the point now where no matter what he does, they will only give praise through gritted teeth.”
There have been reports that Bruce is set to be offered a new contract by Mike Ashley after managing to keep the club in the Premier League for a second successive season.