In an exclusive interview with Football FanCast, Steve Howey said Steve Bruce has a great relationship with his players and has their confidence.
Bruce has handled the pressure at Newcastle well in recent weeks as, since the international break, they haven’t lost a game, a race that has included draws against Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool respectively.
Will Bruce be at Newcastle next season?
Yes, he has to go!
No, he’s doing a good job!
The former Sunderland coach has made just one change to his starting lineup in the past four games, which was to move Allan Saint-Maximin to Dwight Gayle’s place following his appearances against Spurs and Burnley.
Speaking about how Bruce has built such a great relationship with his team and why it’s so important to have as a manager, Howey said FFC exclusively:
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Bruce has been grateful to be able to host some of his best players in recent weeks, such as Callum Wilson, Saint-Maximin and Federico Fernandez, and their returns have coincided with the current unbeaten Magpies.
Newcastle moved away from their separate attacking system, which Graeme Jones preferred, and returned to three fullbacks, which provided them with a solid foundation to build on.