Rafa Benitez left Newcastle in 2019 and he was always going to be a hard act to follow. When Mike Ashley picked an ex-Sunderland manager to do so, the reaction was predictably fraught.
Steve Bruce, though he is a boyhood Newcastle fan, got off on the wrong foot with his hometown club and he hasn’t got much more popular since.
The team have played some desperately dull football and Bruce has secured the Magpies one 13th and one 12th place finish in his two seasons at St. James’, despite more cash being splashed during his reign than his predecessor’s.
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