Benitez had said that he didn’t leave over money but that it was a matter of trust. He said he had turned down bigger offers to leave prior to his China move and threatened to reveal more details if Newcastle kept up their spin of events.
Talking in his pre-match press conference, Bruce was asked for his verdict on the column and he said, “I didn’t see much of it.
“He’s a very good manager who did well and a lot of people are upset. But he’s chosen to go to China and it’s maybe time for everyone to move on because we need that support.”
Bruce was quoted by journalist Chris Waugh.
Bruce asked for his verdict on Benitez's column for @TheAthleticUK: "I didn't see much of it. He's a very good manager who did well & a lot of people are upset. But he's chosen to go to China & it's maybe time for everyone to move on because we need that support" #nufc
— Chris Waugh (@ChrisDHWaugh) August 16, 2019
This was a very diplomatic answer from Bruce who must be holding out for the day when he can focus on football and not about the prior manager at the club. He’s talking sense though. Benitez, loved as he was by the Newcastle fans, is gone and it’s time for both sides to move on. Benitez said he was raking over the coals again because of what Lee Charnley wrote in the matchday programme. However, even some Newcastle fans think that he should leave things as they are and move on. Benitez doesn’t need to do anything to protect his legacy at the club. The fans think he is a legend and they’re not going to be swayed by anything Mike Ashley or Charnley say. As it is, the column came across as a man fighting his PR corner. And we think Benitez is above that. As for Bruce, he’s still got a lot to prove at the club but he’ll be keen to do that on the pitch.