“Mike [Ashley] has offered his support and that can only be a good thing,” he told talkSPORT [20:40]. “He came up to the training ground the other day for the first time in a couple of years.
“I think that’s the biggest challenge: to take the club forward. I had a big eye-opener of trying to win a cup, for example. It’s going to be very difficult for Newcastle or any other club of that stature to try and win the Premier League, but we’re capable of winning an FA Cup or a League Cup.”
Well, Bruce is saying all the right things, isn’t he? He wants to take the club forward, to progress and to start challenging in the domestic cup competitions. The problem with that is the owner, and whether he will back him to help him try and do those things. At the end of the day, we know for a fact that Benitez wanted to take the club forward as well. He wanted to start climbing the Premier League and delivering on the undoubted potential of the Magpes. However, he was driven all the way to China by Ashley’s refusal to give him the resources to do that. So does Bruce really think he’s going to be given the funds and the freedom in the transfer market to progress the club? Yes, they just broke their transfer record for attacker Joelinton, but they’d already bagged £30million for arguably their best player in Ayoze Perez, which allowed them to do that. Progression should be the aim for any manager and any football club, but whether Newcastle are capable of it is another thing.