Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce says it is not in his nature to walk away from the fight and when he is disappointed by a poor start to the season, he is determined to right the ship and defend his place in the Premier League. Huh.
Newcastle have yet to win a game this season and are second on one point after four games, and the 60-year-old Bruce is under increasing pressure.
“My family thinks I’m a little sick because when you’re up against it I don’t really think about (walking away),” Bruce told reporters ahead of their league match against Leeds United. Later on Friday.
“I want Newcastle to be at the top of the league, so it’s disappointing but I don’t think about, ‘Oh the noise is too bad, go away Steve.’
“It’s not in my nature to walk away from something when we’re in a fight.”
Bruce said he is also disappointed with the club’s recruitment policy, with the permanent signing of Willock – already on loan at St James’ Park – his only significant business in the transfer window.
“Don’t you think I need a better player?” He asked. “Don’t you think I need a better team to choose from? Don’t you think I want the ability to compete at the top end of the transfer market? It’s not possible, so I have to accept it. Gotta do my best.” There is work to be done. Disappointment for all concerned, and so am I. “It’s not great, I understand it, but there we are.
“At times the challenge is just sticking around and making sure the club stays where it is and that we maintain our Premier League status.”