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Ridiculous Post Match Hissy Fit From Steve Bruce

Ridiculous Post Match Hissy Fit From Steve Bruce

Few points before the article...

1) I`m not anti Steve Bruce. I wanted him here and I`ve supported him, by and large, throughout (that doesn`t mean you can`t criticise at times btw)
2) I love wins. We won yesterday. I`m delighted.
3) I wish Steve had been as delighted instead of having yet another hissy fit, like he had a few months back.

It was a great and oh so needed win v Boro then Steve Bruce gets all defensive about the mass hysteria at the club.

You know, sometimes you can just be positive even if you are feeling you have a massive chip on your shoulder?

All he had to say was 'That was a crucial win and we are so pleased, having not win in a while, to have delivered the win to our fantastic fans and hopefully we can now push on again and get back into the top six.` Not difficult is it?

It`s important to point out he has praised fans numerous times so I`m not going to be ultra sensitive about things, but this 'lets not lurch around into all of a sudden feeding frenzy of crisis` is just wrong.

Steve, it`s a big club. If it is too big for you, be honest, just say. ONE win in SIX games. That, at a big club, IS a crisis. We`ve not been commanding in most games during his time here anyway, so I think some supporters like me (a supporter of Bruce as well btw) are a bit disappointed that we`ve not pushed on from winning ugly, to maybe starting to get more confident and playing slightly more attacking football.

Yes, injuries. Sorry though, most clubs have to put up with that, we aren`t alone. We still have enough fit players to be playing less 'handbrake football` and to not be outplayed by Brentford or bore drawing (with some luck our way not to lose, plus great keeping) v the likes of Millwall.

He said on 'The response from the other night was vitally important. We lurch along, we played badly against Brentford second half and all of a sudden we're in crisis. We have to eradicate that as a club. We can't be just going along quite nicely and then we're in crisis. We've seen today this is a division which throws up results which leave people scratching their heads at. Let us get on with the job in hand.'

Does he really think one bad half v Brentford is why fans, the owner and CEO have been unhappy? Really Steve?

This is just insulting. Insulting to us, the fans. Insulting to the few press who picked up on it (most get on with him and for some reason seem scared to express any critique at all) and certainly insulting to the owner and CEO.

And yes, if he is saying we need to eradicate this, he is having a go at Tony Xia for talking about the disaster of December and Keith Wyness for saying they are asking all the hard questions and all leave has been cancelled.

And 'going along quite nicely?'. How does he work that out? We crashed out of the top six. That's not my idea of going along nicely.

Again, one win in six Steve. ONE WIN... one. Dropping out of the top six, a club with this good a squad (partly assembled by the manager) IS deemed a crisis. If we don`t get up this season, the final parachute payment is 'tiny` at around £14million and this club will have to radically change how it goes about things. That could well mean normal staff finding they are given their P45`s and some of the bigger paid players having to depart.

Match stats: win v Boro

Forum thread: Click Here

Bruce thread: Click Here

And to be admitting he only played Elphick because Whelan was ill, well for me that was plain daft.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Sunday December 31 2017
Time: 11:09AM


To be fair I read it as Elphick was also ill but had to play because Whelan was also ill and Jedinak had to play in midfield.
31/12/2017 11:33:00
I've tried, I've really tried, to get behind Bruce and give him some slack. But I am totally sick and tired of his post-match nonsense. After 850-odd games as a manager, how is it that he can so badly read the mood of the fans? We are far from 'going along nicely' and we are not 'in crisis' - what is his obsession with that word? We are playing very poorly (still) and have had a shocking December, a month when we really needed to kick on and consolidate in the top 6. Forgive me for not singing from the rooftops Steve. I am furious that he treats the fans with such contempt. The sooner he is gone, the better for me. It's starting to feel like David O'Leary all over again.
31/12/2017 11:48:00
I think Fear when you were writing this I was pounding the keyboard with a similar view point on an earlier article. Fully agree with everything. Basically does he not think we don’t remember that because the results in Aug and Sep were dismal, the results of November only helped to get us back in the mix. For F... sake Steve, all season we have been playing catch up football because of our poor start. You cant selectively choose one period of a season and then make out we are over sensitive!!! His comments about Elphick not chosen to play, although insightful we’re actually very concerning Basically from what he said, he admits the result was nothing to do with his tactics or team preparation. So thanks for that Bruce, you just said the3 points have nothing to do with you. I could never see Mourinho ever admitting as much. Harden up! Accept your short comings and learn that your most inspirational moments have been when your hand has been forced - We’d never know about Green except for injury to Grealish, Davis??? Would Still be unknown u23 player except for Kodjia and sicknote Gabby, Elphick would of been cutting the oranges today while Jedinak tried his best (out of position) so that Whelan could of been feeding passes to Gestede. In short,still willing to give Bruce a chance but he has to can the condescending attitude
marlin magic
31/12/2017 12:40:00
well done bruce. we are in the top 6 (points wise). remit accomplished phase 1. was always going to be messy. phase 2, in 2018 we really have to get behind the team and the manager (critical 6 months, so much to play for. its a lottery arena the premier league. and if a striker does not come in, sadly i can not see promotion. goals make prizes. simple rule of football. apart from kodja we have no goal scoreder, in my opinion duds at this level/or they not gelling. we are yonder years away from a competing premier league team. but at this level over the pitch i actually think we fine. but if you dobt have a striker scoring it really bring team morale down. so over to you dr x. people gotta remmber that bruces remit is promotion and not building a team of premier league big boys. we are a big club in a chicken league with pitfalls.
Ali Arab
31/12/2017 14:17:00
I like the guy, he’s a decent bloke and you can see it’s effected him greatly, but he must also see that we play shocking football 90% of the time even when we win, and I know it’s a results game, but the thousands that travel all over should be allowed some entertainment for their time and effort. So to the players, if you also like the guy then get your finger out, because some of you don’t deserve to pull that shirt on. COTV
31/12/2017 14:33:00
I do partly agree with him, whenever we drop points there is a massive over reaction and some resort to silly name calling. However Bruce isnt doing himself any favours by biting back, if he is upset then send Calderwood out to talk to the media - plenty of other managers send their assistants out after matches and I am still a bit bemused by what Calderwood actually does. If he continues to make these comments he lose a large section of the fan base permanently
31/12/2017 15:00:00
I also wanted SB here and was delighted with 3 points yesterday and hoping for the same tomorrow. But very angry with his comments and sorry to annoy you Mr Bruce but I am not shutting up. Having been going down for the last 25 years I have never booed the team or one of our players during a match and believe we need to support, encourage and get behind the team even when we know they deserve to be jeered. I do however believe I am entitled to voice opinion on the negative tactics, lack of quality play and constant excuses by the management. Yes we know its "The Championship" and he has "done it all before" but IMHO we have a squad that is far better than the results we have been getting. We are playing boring negative, safety first football. If he wants us all behind him then get players on the park who pass the ball forward, attack and entertain and get the crowd off their seats. Make VP a place where teams fear to come and any "crisis" he talks about will be long gone. If not, then instead of insulting fans who have a view, and have been supporting the team with their hard earned for years, just leave.
31/12/2017 17:50:00
Bruce does have history of these little hissy moods he suffers from. He was the same with the fans when he was at Sunderland - I saw it on Twitter earlier this morning..... I'll see if I can find it. He isn't going to change, a leopard doesn't change his spots, so while he's still here, all we can do is count to 10 before we blow a fuse...
Pride of Lions
31/12/2017 17:52:00
if bruce had come out and said i played elfick and jedi as whelan needed a rest we would have a bit more confidence in him,,, bruce to be fair has never said we are the finished article and injuries have cost us dear,,, where would we be today if terry and kodjia were fit,,, that said i have seen brentford twice now and they play so much better football,,, and its perfectly clear why hogan scored for fun playing for them,,, i dont know why bruce buys players like bree hogan bjannason lansbury if he cant get the team to play with them in it,,,, if we get it very right in the transfer window we have every chance of going up but my feelings are we will struggle to the end of the season flitting in and out of the play offs the biggest thing is bringing in a player who can link midfield to attack and a forward who can link the play and score plenty of goals,,, thats a big ask but can be done,,,, the footballing odds are very much against us,,, and i really think at the end of the season bruce will be gone
31/12/2017 20:44:00
Can't proclaim the only aim for the season is promotion and on the back of a run of results (not one game) then bitch about expectations.
31/12/2017 22:37:00
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