'I was surprised': PL winner points out how Newcastle owners have already 'shown some class'
Micah Richards has claimed that Newcastle United’s new owners have already ‘shown some class’ by allowing Steve Bruce to take charge of his 1000th game as a manager.
As soon as Newcastle’s takeover was made official, almost every football fan predicted that Bruce would be sacked instantly. However, to many people’s surprise, the 60-year-old is still at the helm and will take charge of his side’s game against Tottenham tomorrow.
Richards, a two-time Premier League champion with Manchester City, admits that he was surprised that it took until Friday for Newcastle to announce that he will remain at the club for this weekend’s game.
He believes that it’s just a display of ‘class’ from the new owners to allow Bruce to hit his remarkable milestone while managing his boyhood club.
Micah Richards: Newcastle owners have shown some class by keeping Bruce
The retired defender wrote in his article for The Daily Mail: “Although it has been confirmed that he will take charge of his Newcastle United side on Sunday against Tottenham at St James’ Park, it seems inevitable he will be replaced as manager soon.
“He surely knows it, we know it, the new owners know it.
“Indeed, I was surprised it took until Friday for the club to clarify that he would be in the dugout, but perhaps ultimately, the owners have shown some class in allowing him to reach the milestone of his 1,000th game as a manager.
“This is a man who, come Sunday evening, will have managed 1,000 games in English football — that is an incredible achievement, not to forget what he did as a player in captaining Manchester United to the Premier League title. Whether you like him or not, the one thing he deserves is respect.”
Steve Bruce’s job is hanging by a thread at the moment and it won’t be a surprise to see him sacked right after the game against Tottenham tomorrow, even if Newcastle manage to win.
However, if Newcastle’s owners have really allowed him time till tomorrow just so that he can reach his remarkable milestone, it really is a classy gesture and they should be applauded for it.
In Bruce’s defence, he has done the job he was hired to do. Mike Ashley asked him to keep the club in the Premier League and he has managed to do it.
He deserves a bit more credit than he gets for that, but it’s clear to everyone that the Magpies need a change of manager to reach the next level. It’s only a matter of time before that happens.
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