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Newcastle's Steve Bruce named Manager of the Month, but fans still unimpressed

Published on: 14 May 2021

Steve Bruce has won the Premier League's Manager of the Month award for April, but still cannot seem to win over Newcastle fans.

Bruce was awarded the prize after securing eight points from Newcastle's four games in April, with the Magpies unbeaten for the entire month.

A potentially ruinous set of critical fixtures resulted in the club beat Champions League hopefuls West Ham 3-2, and relegation rivals Burnley 2-1.

Newcastle also earned plaudits for resilient draws away against former league champions Liverpool and at home to Tottenham.

The results were a huge factor in Newcastle eventually securing Premier League status earlier this month.

Of the award, Bruce said: 'For me to win is a reflection on the players and my staff. They work tirelessly, and without them there's no award to win.

'I'm delighted, and I want to thank them sincerely.'

However, despite Newcastle's recent form, which includes a memorable 4-2 victory over Leicester last week, several supporters took to social media to mock and vilify Bruce's award.

'This guy is such a false image man, how can he keep getting fluke moments,' wrote one Twitter user with the handle @MichaelNUFC_.

Another posted several crying-laughing emojis and wrote 'every dog has its day', before expressing hope for 'a Bruce free NUFC next season'.

The toxicity of Bruce's relationship to Newcastle fans was best summed up by Twitter user @GeorgieK1r5ty, who simply wrote: 'Can we as a fan base appeal this decision?'

Despite the fans displeasure towards him, Bruce has insisted he wants to continue as Newcastle manager next season.

'I've got a contract,' he said. 'Until I hear otherwise, I'm going to crack on. We're doing pre-season at the moment. We're putting all the plans in place. Conversations will be had, and that's what I can say on it.

'I am a football manager, I am not ready to retire yet. You have to dust yourself down and have a thick skin. I will crack on to the best of my ability.'


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