Bruce has missed perfect opportunity to quit Newcastle after source reveals all - pundit
Steve Bruce should have resigned as Newcastle United boss with his head held high at the end of last season.
So says ex-Premier League goalkeeper Paddy Kenny, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the under-fire 60-year-old manager.
A source with knowledge of Bruce’s situation told this site on 29 September that he is feeling “lower than ever before”.
He is considering his position for the first time at St James’ Park amid the Magpies’ winless start to the Premier League season.
His side lost just two of their last nine matches in 2020-21 and finished 12th in the final standings.
Kenny claims Bruce has done a good job on Tyneside but that he has missed the opportune moment to call it a day.
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“He’s got a right to be upset,” he told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.
“Every time I’ve seen Newcastle play, they’ve done really well. I think he gets a lot of flack even though it should probably be aimed at Mike Ashley.
“Thinking about it now, he probably should have resigned at the end of last season. He got them up to mid-table and they had a lot of injuries to deal with.
“But once he got all his players fit, they went on a good run towards the back end of last season. So I think it is a bit harsh on him.
“I’m not surprised he is thinking about quitting, but I’m surprised he didn’t do it at the end of last season.
“He should have said ‘I’ve done what I can’ and moved on. He is always going to get another job somewhere else.“