Darren Bent has revealed how Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce is a “really rewarding” manager after Danny Rose admitted his “shock” over his methods.
The former Sunderland and England striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, claims that the 59-year-old is willing to overlook a player’s poor performances so long as he is pulling his weight.
Speaking to The Lockdown Tactics podcast, Rose admitted that Bruce’s methods were a “shock to the system” after his time working under Mauricio Pochettino.
He revealed he was stunned by Bruce’s decision to hand the squad a couple of days off after a win, admitting the Tottenham players were “lucky” to get anything after a victory.
Bent, who worked with Bruce during his time at Sunderland, has lifted the lid on his old manager and revealed how to get in his good books.
Bent told Football Insider: “Every player reacts differently to different managers, I know players that, even if they had days off, had to be doing something, they had to be in the gym or doing something – they couldn’t relax.
“Bruce is really rewarding manager. If you work hard for him, even if your performances are not up there or you’ve not played very well, if you work really hard, put a shift in for the team, he’ll look after you, he’ll be fair and you’ll really enjoy your time under him.
“However, if you’re not pulling your weight and you’re not performing, he’s going to have a problem with that.”
Rose told The Lockdown Tactics podcast: “Under Poch he had a different culture to the British. So for me, that’s all I’d known for the past five or six years, you would play and then get one day off if you are lucky and that’s it, you’re grafting for the rest of the week.
“So now I’m at Newcastle [with Steve Bruce], you are getting two or three days off a week if you win. So I’m thinking what’s going on here then? It’s a shock to the system. We would only get one day off if we were lucky under Poch.”
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