Steve Bruce has hit back at Kieron Dyer and insisted: “ Newcastle will never be a boring club.”
The United boss is battling to turn the Geordies into a side which can up the entertainment levels while not leaking goals and handing too many chances to the opposition.
Ex-England midfielder Kieron Dyer, who helped fire the Toon to the Champions League, summed up the drudgery of being a Toon fan these days while watching their clash with Wolves last week.
Dyer said: “Steve Bruce has done a good job but I am bored watching Newcastle. They are boring– just grinding out results. Newcastle were the entertainers. Let’s get some excitement back.
“Newcastle have been boring for the last five years. They are going to have to have a go. It could go horribly wrong, but let’s have a go and score some goals.”
Bruce replied yesterday blasting: “We will never be a boring club. Never be boring. It is not the DNA here.
“Kieron is entitled to his opinion. I have only been here 15 months so the three and a half years before me gives me a bit of solace because they had one of the best managers in the world here (Rafa Benitez)!
“So I will live with his assessment, but I don’t agree. We’d all love that – the goals, cup challenges, top seven or eight. At this particular moment we are not in that position. That is what we strive for.”
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Bruce says excitement levels would have returned had the Saudi Arabia-funded takeover not fallen through in the summer. That promised an investment splurge of £250m on players over five years.
Bruce added: “Look at Everton last four or five years, what they have invested, what they have done in terms of managers, the turnover of managers, the people who haven’t been able to cut it there. Then all of a sudden Ancelotti comes, two or three new players and that is what it takes.
“Unfortunately we are not there at the moment. We are where we are. That is the reality. Most people accept that.
“That is why I think the takeover from last summer, if it had happened with the consortium in the summer it might have taken us to the next level. We are where we are and my job is to, inch by inch, keep us trying to improve.”
Bruce risked angering some fans by stating: We aren’t going to score two or three goals every week. We would love to. Don’t get me wrong, we would love to be the Entertainers again but it’s just not possible so we have to get that balance right.
“We’ve got to try and find that balance. At the minute, I make no excuse for the way we went about our work at Wolves to get a point after the disappointing result the week before. It was far better and we have to be that way because if we’re not then we will get beat. My job is to make sure we get a result and stay in the Premier League.”