Steve Bruce Newcastle United manager took responsibility for the Premier League club’s poor performance and said on Friday that he had no choice but to accept the criticism that has come his way in recent weeks.
Newcastle are 15th in the standings after a winless run of six games and Bruce has come under increasing pressure after Sheffield United beat them to claim their first victory of the season earlier this week.
Bruce said, “one thing I can’t deny is that the performance against Sheffield United was nowhere near the level of performance that is required in the Premier League,” Bruce told reporters ahead of Monday’s trip to Arsenal.
“I picked the team and I have to take the responsibility for it.
Bruce spoke further by saying, I have to accept the criticism. I picked the wrong team. I have to accept that and it wasn’t anywhere near good enough
I know it can change quickly, I’ve made a career of never giving in and I won’t.”
“We’ve got a scrap on our hands yes, of course, because we’ve had a bad run,” he added. “If you’re in the bottom half the first thing you think about is surviving and getting those points. We have to stay as bright as we can” Bruce said.
“It’s that hand grenade we throw in too often that disappoints me. We don’t handle expecting to win very well at all.”