Sunday Mirror

We’ll NEVER be bor­ing’s not in Toon DNA


- BY SI­MON BIRD Sports · Soccer · Newcastle United Football Club · Sheffield United F.C. · England national football team · England · Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C. · Steve Bruce · Saudi Arabia · Saudi Arabia national football team · Everton · Everton F.C. · Carlo Ancelotti · Rafael Benítez · Kieron Dyer

STEVE BRUCE has hit back at old boy Kieron Dyer, in­sist­ing that New­cas­tle “will never be bor­ing”.

The United boss is bat­tling to turn the Ge­ordies into a side which can up the en­ter­tain­ment lev­els while not hand­ing too many chances to the op­po­si­tion.

For­mer Eng­land mid­fielder Dyer, who helped fire New­cas­tle to the Cham­pi­ons League in his day, summed up the drudgery of be­ing a Toon fan whi le watch­ing their 1-1 draw with Wolves last week­end.

Dyer ( right) said: “Steve Bruce has done a good job but I am bored watch­ing New­cas­tle.

“They’re bor­ing, 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 (above) replied to Dyer yes­ter­day: “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, of the five years he’s talk­ing about, the three-and-ahalf be­fore me gives me a bit of so­lace – they had one of the best man­agers in the world here in

Rafa Ben­itez!

“So I will live with

Kieron’s as­sess­ment, but I don’t agree. We’d all love that – the goals, cup chal­lenges, top seven or eight. At this mo­ment we are not in that po­si­tion. That is what we strive for.”

Bruce said ex­cite­ment lev­els would have re­turned had the sum­mer’s Saudi Ara­bia-funded takeover not fallen through.

He added: “Look at Ever­ton the 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 Carlo 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 it might have taken us to the next level. My job is, inch by inch, to keep us try­ing to im­prove.

“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. 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.

“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.”

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