Steve Bruce after Newcastle exit: “It was tough to be called an inept cabbage head!”

Obiajulu Chiagoziem

Former Manchester United player Steve Bruce, who before now, acted as Newcastle United’s Manager, was on Wednesday confirmed to have been relieved of his managerial position on a mutual consent by the new club owners, having lost to a home defeat 3:2 against Tottenham.

According to Steve Bruce, the humiliation he suffered in Newcastle is “very, very tough to take” and he might not take over managerial positions anymore.

He said: “When we get beat, I get very low, but when you are managing in the Premier League with Birmingham, Wigan, Hull, Sunderland you do get better at dealing with it. You have to.

“By the time I got to Newcastle, I thought I could handle everything thrown at me but it has been very, very tough. 

“To never really be wanted, to feel that people wanted me to fail, to read people constantly saying I would fail, that I was useless, a fat waste of space, a stupid, tactically inept cabbage head or whatever. And it was from day one. 

“When we were doing OK results wise, it was, ‘Yeah but the style of football is rubbish’ or I was just ‘lucky’. It was ridiculous and persistent, even when the results were good.

“The best one was to be told we were a relegation team in all but points – this was all in the first season. We finished 13th. [The criticism and abuse] got even worse in the second year. We finished 12th, 17 points clear of the bottom three. 

“I’ve always enjoyed the fight, proving people wrong, but that’s all it ever seemed to be. A fight, a battle. 

“It does take its toll because even when you win a game, you don’t feel like you are winning over the supporters.”

As it stands now, the 60 year old former Manchester United player is likely not to manage any team considering his age and current family role.

He added: “I think this might be my last job. It’s not just about me; it’s taken its toll on my whole family because they are all Geordies and I can’t ignore that. 

“They have been worried about me, especially my wife Jan. She dealt with the death of my parents, hers have not been very well. And then she had me to worry about and what I’ve been going through the last couple of years.

“I’m 60 years old and I don’t know if I want to put her through it again. We’ve got a good life so, yeah, this will probably be me done as a manager – until I get a phone call from a chairman somewhere asking if I can give them a hand. Never say never, I’ve learnt that.” he concluded.

Many have sent goodwill messages to him on his relief of his managerial position. Allan Saint-Maximin tweeted: “You are, without a doubt, one of the most gentle people that I have ever met in the world of football.

“You have been a man of your word, a caring man and a fair man who never hesitated to protect us. I will never forget how you treated me, for that I will be forever grateful.” he said.