Steve Bruce reacted angrily to questions over his future as Newcastle manager and whether the decision to go on holiday in Portugal during the international break had contributed to Saturday’s defeat at Old Trafford.
Asked if he had heard the away fans calling for his head, Bruce snapped: ‘What can I say to that? What do you want me to say? I’m delighted about it? I can’t comment on that, I’m sorry.’
He was equally upset about being asked about the preparations for the game and his holiday.
Steve Bruce reacted angrily to questions over his future as Newcastle manager on Saturday
The Magpies boss snapped when asked if he had heard the away fans calling for his head
‘I really have to answer that to you,’ he told the local newspaper reporter. ‘That’s what the fans are asking are they? It’s typical of the questions I get off you.
‘We trained all week, we were in every day. Our preparation was meticulous, let me tell you. What was I supposed to do when I had six of them away? The preparation was fine. You can see the game plan we worked to.’
It followed an awkward pre-match press conference on Friday when the under-fire Newcastle boss confirmed he did want new signings in the transfer window despite a club statement pointing out that £160million has been spent on new players in two years under him and that he was aware of spending limits this summer.
Newcastle have now conceded 12 goals in their first four league games of the season, losing three of them.
Newcastle have now conceded 12 goals in their first four league games of the season
‘There a lot of positives to take out of performance, but defensively we’re not doing enough,’ admitted Bruce.
‘It’s a shame because up to half-time I can’t remember our keeper making a save. We get punished by a little deflection and the goalkeeper spills it and Ronaldo has tap-in which is cruel on us.
‘If there is a genuine superstar among everyone, then this kid is with what he has achieved. We have witnessed it again today. He is something else.’