Following a humiliating 3-2 defeat against Tottenham Hotspur in his 1000th match as a manager, Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce maintained a combative stand, vowing to stay for as long as the club’s new owners wanted him to.
After gaining an early lead at a loud St James’ Park, Newcastle were outplayed, with Tottenham’s Harry Kane scoring his first league goal of the season and Newcastle’s Jonjo Shelvey being sent off late in the game to finish off a disastrous evening for the hosts.
Frustrated Newcastle fans screamed for Bruce’s dismissal, and the game finished with boos from a significant section of the home crowd, as the Magpies remained winless in the league, with three points from eight games.
“It’s not simple… I understand their dissatisfaction and how they’ve felt for a long time… (but) when we’re up against it and in the bottom three, I’m not going to throw in the towel “Bruce remarked.
“It is up to them to decide whether or not I should stay. It’s been difficult for me since I first walked inside this club. I was well aware of how difficult it would be to deal with the disappointments. I’ll keep going as long as I can till I hear otherwise “According to the BBC, the manager said.
“Since their arrival, the owners have maintained a respectful demeanor. I’ll report to work tomorrow until I hear differently.”
Since Newcastle was taken over by a Saudi Arabia-led consortium earlier this month, Bruce had been rumored to be on his way out, but the new owners gave him a vote of confidence earlier this week, noting that “change did not happen overnight.”
“My task is to provide a few results. Unfortunately, if you’re a Premier League manager and haven’t won in seven or eight games this season, you’ll be under pressure… it’s a big league for big boys, after all “Bruce added to the conversation.
“Newcastle’s supporters want to see the club progress. All I’ve ever wanted was to see this wonderful club of ours progress, but that will take some time.”