And Savage has expressed his confusion at that outlook from the fanbase.
“I don’t understand the negativity towards Bruce before a ball has been kicked, and although it won’t be plain sailing for him, Newcastle have enough quality to stay up.
Surely Savage must see why Newcastle fans aren’t too happy about the appointment of Bruce? It’s nothing personal against the manager, but the Toon Army have replaced a Champions League winner with a boss who has never won a trophy. Make no mistake, Newcastle won’t be aiming for silverware this season, but at least having Benitez hinted at some kind of ambition. Bruce is a steady enough manager, averaging around 1.6 points per game in each of his last two jobs, as per Transfermarkt, but he is not the kind of manager that will help rebuild a club to their former glories. That is why fans are annoyed, that is why they are convinced he is a yes man for Ashley, and that is why Savage is wide of the mark here. Hopefully, Bruce can prove the doubters wrong, but at the moment, you have to understand why those doubts exist in the first place.