Ian Holloway makes Manchester United claim about Newcastle boss Steve Bruce

Newcastle manager Steve Bruce (R) and Hibernian assistant Robbie Stockdale (L) chat before the pre-season friendly match between Hibernian FC and Newcastle United at Easter Road on July 30,...

Steve Bruce left his role at Sheffield Wednesday to take the managerial host seat at Newcastle United earlier on this month following the departure of Rafa Benitez.

Ian Holloway, manager of QPR reads the matchday programme prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Brentford and Queens Park Rangers at Griffin Park on April 21, 2018 in Brentford,...

Ian Holloway has told Steve Bruce that he deserves to be Newcastle United manager and can't understand how he 'never really got any chance' at managing Manchester United.

Following his abrupt departure from Sheffield Wednesday earlier on this month, Bruce's appointment at Newcastle was met with a lot of criticism at an already toxic St James' Park. 

During his career, the former Manchester United centre-back has proven that he is more than capable of guiding a team from the Championship into the Premier League. But he's not been able to prove his worth in England's top-flight with any real success.  


Speaking to Kick Off on TalkSport (29/07/2019 at 8:35 pm), Holloway, whilst speaking with Bruce, was nothing but praising of the experienced manager and stunningly claimed that he should have been given a chance at Manchester United. 

"You're not lucky, kid," Holloway told Bruce on TalkSport. "You have earnt it. And I am delighted for you. I know you have caused a few waves because Sheffield Wednesday fans were fantastic and they probably think you hate them, you don't and I know you don't. You couldn't turn this one down, could you?

"Sunderland, they were never fair to you were they? There was always that little bit in the background that they knew you came from Newcastle. 

"Brucey, to be honest with you, you got promotions four times. You are record holder from the Championship to the Premier League. You deserve that chance. I cannot believe saying it on air, and I am going to say it, that you never really got any chance at Manchester United. One of the best captains ever, I don't understand it. Not being funny." 

Steve Bruce, Manager of Newcastle United on the phone ahead of the Pre-Season Friendly match between Hibernian FC and Newcastle United FC at Easter Road on July 30, 2019 in Edinburgh,...

Bruce has proven his worth in the Championship, but he hasn't shown anything in the Premier League which indicates that he is deserving of the Newcastle job, never mind the Old Trafford gig.

But saying that he is now tasked with keeping Newcastle in England's top-flight, and if possible, doing more than survive ahead of the new season.

It will be difficult for the Magpies considering what has unfolded over the summer, but if they can stay up and Mike Ashley can sell up by the end of the campaign then it'll leave the supporters pretty happy. 

Steve Bruce the manager of Newcastle United looks on during a pre-season friendly match between Preston North End and Newcastle United at Deepdale on July 27, 2019 in Preston, England.

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