Newcastle United boss Steve Bruce’s recent comments concerning Norwich City have caused quite a stir among fans of the Championship club.
The Canaries moved one step closer to the Premier League and second-tier title yesterday by beating Derby County 1-0 at Pride Park.
Bar a remarkable collapse, Daniel Farke’s side are set to bounce straight back up at the first time of asking having proven a cut above in the Championship this term but it seems there are some that believe a change in approach will be necessary if they’re to survive next season.
Responding to a recent suggestion from Alan Shearer that his side should be more forward-thinking, Bruce suggested that playing in the attacking and expansive style that the Canaries do is a surefire way to get relegated.
He said (via Pink’Un): “I’m just going to use an example here, Norwich now, who are romping away with their attacking intent in the Championship.
“They started life in the Premier League and kept to those beliefs -‘that’s the way we’re going to play and that’s the way we’re going to go about it’ – and unfortunately you get relegated playing that way, so there’s a balance to everything, of course.”
Newcastle look as though they could be one of the sides that make way for Norwich in the Premier League this season as they’re one place above the bottom three.
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Bruce’s comments appear to have ruffled some feathers at Carrow Road, with many supporters taking to Twitter to respond.
Read their reaction here:
— Ade Slack (@slackatude) April 11, 2021
— The Norfolk Sonic 💛💚 (@Ginger_Canary) April 11, 2021
— Martin Betts (@quietlifeplease) April 11, 2021
The truth is Steve Bruce does not have the ability to coach a Team to play the Norwich way…. nice excuse though!! https://t.co/pic0ddcLKY
— Will Bunn (@wbunny) April 11, 2021
I know who i’d rather pay money to watch. https://t.co/w0yiQUdtaY
— Ed Maxfield (@MaxfieldEd) April 11, 2021
Top coaches make players shine. Poor coaches make players look poor. *see Jamal Lewis https://t.co/EzIEBvX35R
— Lee Jermyn (@LeeJermyn) April 11, 2021
It seems to be working for Leeds. We got relegated last season because of our squad, not our tactics. Bruce doesn’t seem to know what he’s talking about. Perhaps that’s why he’s such an average manager.
— Sciantific (@norchcity) April 11, 2021
Absolute dinosaur of the game that hasn’t a clue what he’s talking about. The same dinosaur who’s team got beaten 3-1 by the “Norwich way”
— The Robin Friday of the Pool world!🇬🇧 (@StephenDewing) April 11, 2021