Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Past Won't Count against Bruce If He Delivers Results. but It's a Big 'If' UNITED MUST PROVIDE FUNDS TO GIVE INCOMING BOSS A FIGHTING CHANCE

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Past Won't Count against Bruce If He Delivers Results. but It's a Big 'If' UNITED MUST PROVIDE FUNDS TO GIVE INCOMING BOSS A FIGHTING CHANCE

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Byline: LEE RYDER Chief Newcastle writer lee.ryder@reachplc.com @lee_ryder

STEVE Bruce is ready to brave an icy reception as Newcastle United boss after telling Sheffield Wednesday he is eager to fulfil a lifetime ambition.

Only failure to agree compensation between the Owls and the Magpies now stands in the way of Bruce being in the dugout for the opening game of the Premier League season against Arsenal.

At 58, Bruce won't get this chance again and after regretting not being appointed in both 2004 and 2015 at St James' Park, he will go into the job under no illusions.

Those close to Bruce say that he is desperate to get it right at United, but he knows exactly what awaits him from the outset on Tyneside.

But he's ready for it - and more importantly he's up for the fight.

He was keen to take the job in 2004 but Birmingham City did not make life easy when it came to his release and the chance passed him by. Some observers have faced the wrath of fed-up fans already for suggesting Bruce's status as a Geordie will help him, and that alone should be a reason to rally behind the ex-Manchester United skipper.

It doesn't wash with a lot of supporters because they have had more than enough of the current regime.

A popular view is that losing Rafa Benitez was the final straw. Yet none of that is the fault of Bruce.

Plenty of fans have made it clear they don't wish to patronised with "Get behind Bruce because he's a Geordie" after a summer of nearsilence at St James' Park. Although Bruce is experienced enough to take the negativity on the chin. The reality is that being a former Sunderland boss or even an ex-Man United star won't matter IF he delivers results.

However, that is going to be the hard part.

Newcastle have asked him to take up this tricky position and they will now HAVE to be as good as their word when it comes to providing money for Bruce to spend with less than a month of the window left. …

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