Whoever is in charge of the Sky Sports social account was seemingly determined to wind Newcastle fans up today.
What has gone wrong at Newcastle?
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) August 22, 2019
After losing Rafa Benitez over the summer and replacing him with Steve Bruce, fans weren’t expecting much from this season, especially after a potential takeover involving the BZG didn’t happen.
And Newcastle haven’t delivered, losing both of their opening Premier League games and sitting inside the bottom three.
Worse, bookies have made them favourites for the drop after a load of money came flooding in from punters. Bruce is also the favourite to be the first Premier League manager to get the sack.
To cap it all off, there have been complaints from players with Yoshinori Muto saying he felt isolated against Norwich and Paul Dummett saying that the team didn’t feel right from the warm-up in their last game.
The Sky Sports post headed a piece that asked leading journalists whether Bruce was to blame and there wasn’t much succour there for fans either.
Daily Mail Football Editor Ian Ladyman said the players weren’t good enough for the Premier League, while the Telegraph’s Chief Football Writer Sam Wallace said, “It may sound harsh but he [Bruce] was the unpopular choice of an unpopular owner.”
So, what’s wrong at Newcastle?
This is what the Newcastle fans made of the question:
— mark nicols (@marknicols) August 22, 2019
12 years of neglect, letting go of our world class manager for an inept puppet. Not hard to figure it out Sky Sports.
— Joe Halliday (@halliday_9) August 22, 2019
It’s Mike Ashley’s fault for putting the club in this position. He’s the reason we’ve got some bloke who calls himself a “Geordie”
— Michael⚫️⚪️ (Inactive) (@MichaeINUFC) August 22, 2019
During Ashley’s 12 year tenure, we’ve been relegated twice, survived on the final day of the season, appointed people like Wise, Jimenez and Kinnear and lost around £120m in advertising, courtesy of his sports brand.What do you think has gone wrong at #NUFC ? pic.twitter.com/KDrE09FWRB
— Keeganshotdogs (@KeegansHotdogs) August 22, 2019
— Rob (@CrazyMadToon) August 22, 2019
Steve Bruce can only be blamed for his poor coaching, organisation and management of the team.
He can’t be blamed for 12 years of neglect and been given just a few weeks to integrate players he had probably never heard of in June.
— Alastair Campbell (@alastair10) August 22, 2019
If you can’t answer that yourselves, then Sky are completely out of touch. The article headline should be, ‘THIS is the problem at Newcastle’
— Gavin Nicholson (@silverbricks) August 22, 2019
No, of course he’s not to blame. He’s shite but not to blame. Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley are to blame. Letting a (world class) manager go because he showed some aspiration which unfortunately meant MA would have to put his hand in his pocket long term.
— Nobby Clarke (@NobbyClarke82) August 22, 2019
If @SkySportsPL has to ask that question it suddenly justifies my cancelling of the Sky Sports package!!
— andrew mein (@andrew82mein) August 22, 2019