Steve Bruce has angered some Newcastle fans after an interview with talkSPORT on Monday.
Bruce claimed that he didn’t believe a planned boycott would happen and that the fans would turn out in force for the opening Premier League game against Arsenal.
“One thing I do know is that the Newcastle fans will be there cheering their team like no other set of supporters can do when the season starts,” Bruce said.
“There’s been talk of a boycott but I firmly believe they will stand by their team. This club has an incredible fan base and I hope I can be the man to keep moving this club forward.”
Bruce also said that his biggest challenge would be winning the Newcastle fans over and that seems like a pretty accurate assessment of the situation judging by the reactions to this interview.
If anything it seems to have hardened the stance of some supporters, and although it’s an issue that’s split the fanbase we think a large number of fans will follow through with the boycott threat.
Here are some of the best reactions to Bruce’s comments:
Steve Bruce has been on TalkSport and he doesn’t think that demonstrations will happen. He thinks that #NUFC fans will turn up to the Arsenal match like “no other club can”.
— If Rafa Goes We Go (@IfRafaGoesWeGo) July 29, 2019
Ashley and Bruce aren’t taking it seriously. They don’t think it will happen. They think we’ll sit back and accept this shit.
— NUFC 360 (@NUFC360) July 29, 2019
Boycott Arsenal live on TV for the world to see.
Then every home game or televised home game after that.
— The Geordie Boot Boy (@BootGeordie) July 29, 2019
Then Steve Bruce is as far detached from the fans as Ashley and Co.
Can see what Bruce is trying to do but unfortunately he’s underestimating his own here
— markj (@mjmark1970) July 29, 2019
I won’t be there been a season ticket holder for 31 years now cancelled until he’s gone !! #AshleyOut
— Steve Fellows (@Stevie_Fellows) July 29, 2019
Not this time pal, we have had enough
— Paul Hewitt (@PaulHew03845348) July 29, 2019
They are basically laughing at us
— Dan Holmes (@DanToon4Life) July 29, 2019