Furious Steve Bruce involved in yet another bust-up with a reporter as he defends cheerful full-time chat with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer that left Newcastle fans angry and insists: ‘I’ve known him for 20 years!’
- Steve Bruce has hit out at criticism for laughing after Newcastle’s loss last week
- Bruce was seen smiling with Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
- The Magpies boss claims his close friend Solskjaer was praising his side’s display
- Bruce hit out at a reporter for claiming ‘a lot of Newcastle’ fans were unhappy
Steve Bruce hit out at a reporter who asked him why he was seen smiling with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after his Newcastle side lost at Manchester United last weekend.
After the Magpies were beaten 3-1 by Solskjaer’s men on Sunday, the two managers were spotted enjoying a laugh together at the full-time whistle while they were walking back to the changing rooms.
Solskjaer and Bruce were team-mates together at Old Trafford but the exchange still angered a number of Newcastle supporters on social media, who accused the boyhood Newcastle fan-turned-manager of not caring enough about the results.
Steve Bruce hit out at a reporter in his press conference for claiming ‘a lot of Newcastle fans’ were unhappy that he was seen smiling after Newcastle’s loss last weekend
Bruce (right) was slammed for laughing with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after a loss at Man United
And when Bruce was questioned about it in his pre-match news conference ahead of Saturday’s match at home to Wolves, the Magpies manager came out with a furious response.
When the reporter claimed that a number of fans were upset at him smiling with Solskjaer, Bruce said: ‘A lot of fans, or is that you?
‘Listen, I’ve know Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for 20 years. If I’m caught smiling with him…
‘He was complimenting us on how well we played. So if that’s a bad thing that I’ve smiled with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer then unfortunately ok.’
Bruce and Solskjaer are ex-Manchester United team-mates and have know each other for years
Bruce has enjoyed a difficult relationship with the media this season and banned the written media from asking questions in a January press conference after he disapproved of criticism towards his side.
On the day he told the media he would not be accepting questions from them, Newcastle had gone ten matches without a win and looked set to be drawn into the relegation battle.
The Magpies have now lost three out of their last four games to now sit three points ahead of 18th-placed Fulham in the relegation zone, with the Cottagers having a better goal difference and form than Bruce’s side.
Newcastle fans reacted badly to Bruce laughing with Solskjaer after Sunday’s full time whistle
Defeat at Old Trafford extended Newcastle’s run to just two wins in their last 14 matches and the Magpies fans were displeased to see their manager with a joyous expression after the game.
‘Good to see you’re smiling Steve. We’re not,’ was one complaint while another questioned whether boyhood Geordie fan Bruce ‘hurts as much as we do’.
Newcastle know that victory over Wolves on Saturday could take them six points clear of the drop and above relegation rivals Burnley for a few hours at least, while Fulham take on Crystal Palace in Sunday’s early kick-off.
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