Steve Bruce critical of Newcastle talk

Hull boss Steve Bruce has scoffed at reports saying he could replace under-fire Alan Pardew as manager of Newcastle saying they were "disrespectful" to the current incumbent.

AFP| Last Updated: Sep 14, 2014, 17:14 PM IST
Steve Bruce critical of Newcastle talk

London: Hull boss Steve Bruce has scoffed at reports saying he could replace under-fire Alan Pardew as manager of Newcastle saying they were "disrespectful" to the current incumbent.

Pardew`s position became ever-more precarious following the 4-0 thumping that the Magpies endured on Saturday at Southampton

The 53-year-old coach, who has a contract at Newcastle until 2020, deciding to skip the post-match press conference at St Mary`s.

But Bruce, all too familiar with managerial life in the northeast after a failed spell at Sunderland from 2009 to 2011, said he had no time for the talk of him taking over at St James` Park.

He told BBC Radio Five Live`s Sportsweek programme: "It isn`t nice - it`s a horrible Sunday morning for him and I find it very, very disrespectful that I`m linked with somebody else`s job when he`s still in a job.

"It`s a hard enough job we`ve all got. We all know what it`s like now in football management.

"That part of the game will never change, but for me at the moment I`m just concentrating on the game against West Ham (on Monday night) and leaving all that aside."

Bruce, who guided Hull to their first FA Cup final last term, added: "After what happened to me at Sunderland, it`s similar to what Alan Pardew is going through now.

"I know how difficult the northeast is. I`ve been here for a couple of years. Hull gave me that chance to get back up and running again and for that I`ll always be grateful.

"I`ve only been here a couple of years, and we`ve had a really good couple of years."