Alan Hutton has suggested the Newcastle United squad do not “believe” in Steve Bruce as he shared some great insight into what it’s like to play for the under-fire manager.
The former Scotland star, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, believes the 60-year-old needs to adopt a more “aggressive” style, having encountered a similar experience when the 60-year-old took Aston Villa to the Championship play-off final in 2018.
Newcastle currently sit second-bottom of the Premier League form table, with only West Brom below them after the clubs’ last six games, and are the fifth-lowest scorers in the top flight.
Newcastle’s last win came against the Baggies back in mid-December, while they have also been knocked out of the League Cup and FA Cup by Brentford and Arsenal respectively.
Hutton has admitted he is seeing the same signs of frustration and lack of belief at Newcastle as when Bruce was in charge at Villa Park.
“They need to believe, first and foremost, and especially in what the manager is saying and what he’s working on the pitch,” Hutton told Football Insider.
“I understand that the fans get annoyed because he can play very defensively. He likes to play defence and be solid and sound and then move forward but the problem with that is you’ve got too many players defending.
“I’ll go back to when Steve Bruce was in charge of Aston Villa, when we played Fulham in the play-off final, we were more worried about Fulham.
“It wasn’t till the second half, where he said: ‘Right, let’s go for it, we need a goal,’ and we were so much better, the better team.
“Sometimes I feel that he maybe needs to be more aggressive and going forward and the defensive side of it so it’s about getting that balance.
“Give it your all, go and try to play attacking football, change the formation. Get your wingers on the pitch, your attackers on who can score you a goal and make things happen.”