Cascarino highlights the main difference between Newcastle boss Bruce and Benitez

Natalie Pinkham with Sarah Bosnich, Vinnie Jones and Tony Cascarino and Michael Greco; The Vinnie Jones poker night, Gloucester.; 18th January 2006; 12751; Only;

The new Newcastle United boss has made a poor start to life in charge at St James' Park.

Sep 1991:  Portrait of Tony Cascarino of Aston Villa during a photocall at Villa Park in Birmingham, England. \ Mandatory Credit: Dan  Smith

Tony Cascarino suggested that Steve Bruce should be getting more support from the Newcastle fans, when writing his regular column for the Times, highlighting how Rafa Benitez was backed to the hilt by the Toon Army last season.

The Magpies failed to win a Premier League game until November last season, yet the club's fans stuck by Rafa through thick and thin.

On the flip side to that, Bruce is already receiving heavy criticism from the St James' Park faithful, with Newcastle having lost their opening two Premier League games.


Bruce is a Geordie and a Magpies fans himself, however, so surely he deserves more time to prove himself at Newcastle?

Cascarino certainly thinks so.

The former player turned pundit believes the Newcastle fans have been a little harsh on Bruce thus far, when writing his regular column for the Times:

Newcastle manager Steve Bruce during the Premier League match between Norwich City and Newcastle United at Carrow Road on August 17, 2019 in Norwich, United Kingdom.

"Benítez didn’t have the same scrutiny last year when they got to November before they managed to win a game. It feels like after two games it is the impossible job. It could be a really short-lived relationship, and unfairly so. I believe that Bruce has far more love and affection for the club he supported than Benítez had. The relationship between the owner and the fans is an issue but Benítez got total support and it feels like Bruce is getting zero support."

Things don't get any easier for the Toon. They face Tottenham away on Sunday, before a Carabao Cup clash with Leicester next Wednesday. Newcastle then play host to Watford before the two-week international break, and if they don't win any of them games, Bruce will already be a prime candidate for the sack.

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