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Steve Bruce sends unexpected message to unhappy Newcastle United fans

Steve Bruce says Newcastle fans can carry on complaining – because arguments about his job are the “beauty of football”.

The United chief reckons “every fan is a manager”, and says criticism about his team selection and tactics are “magnified” by supporters being locked out of ground, and social media fury.

Newcastle travel to Wolves this weekend on the back of a late collapse to Manchester United when they conceded three goals after the 86 minute, intensifying the scrutiny of Bruce and his players.

But he backs himself to get more decisions correct than wrong or he’d be out of a job.

Bruce said: “Back in the day we all went to the pub and looked at the team sheet and thought: Why did you pick him?

Steve Bruce says Newcastle have had an OK start to the season ahead of their clash with Wolves on Sunday

“We’d sit around have a beer on it and say: “Should have played him, and him.”

“That is now magnified and everyone has a platform. Everyone has a different look on what team I pick. That is the beauty of football. My job is out there to be scrutinised.

“What has he done this for!?” That’s the part you’d enjoy in the pub.

“Now with the platform fans have got, everyone is a manager these days and everyone knows best.

“I hope in my job I get the majority OK, or I won’t last very long. It is magnified though and the one thing about not being at the ground, not seeing their team live, is different from watching it on TV.

“I am under no illusion that if you manage Newcastle the criticism flows. Sometimes you feel it is unjust but it is part of what we deal with.”

Bruce has a couple of injury worries ahead of the trip to Wolves

Keeper Karl Darlow is an injury doubt with third choice Mark Gillespie on standby. Miguel Almiron is pushing for a recall after being used off the bench in recent weeks.

Reflecting on throwing away a poing late against Man U, Bruce added: “It was awful, the last five minutes.

“At that point you need the help of supporters. It is the biggest miss of all against the big teams. There is no home advantage. We were in the game.”

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On Almiron, who many fans want back in the side, Bruce said: “He didn’t play last week because he’d been halfway around the world and got back on the Friday.

“I know Almiron, a top top player, and he has a big part to play and he is in our thoughts for the weekend.”

Paul Dummett, Ciaran Clark and Matty Longstaff have benefited from a run out in the U23 side this week and Sean Longstaff is back after “a horrible bout of tonsillitis.”

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