Criticism after criticism, injury after injury..... Point after point, Steve Bruce is defying footballing logic. Newcastle United are on 30 points, level with 10th place Arsenal, the Magpies haven’t fluked their way to that position. They deserve to be there.
Bruce has weathered fierce criticism that surrounded his appointment in July, and he will likely continue to do so for the rest of his time on Tyneside.
Any manager that followed Rafael Benitez would have a fight on their hands. A fight to get supporters back on side and a fight to bring the right players to the football club. Ultimately, a manager is always judged on results and Bruce is delivering on that front.
The football is certainly not attractive by any means, but Bruce can only work with what he has. With a treatment room filled with players, Bruce has somehow positioned Newcastle four points off 5th place Manchester United.
Until Newcastle owner, Mike Ashley, finally hands over the keys - The club cannot and will not move forward. Bruce can continue to fight and continue to defy logic but it has always been painstakingly obvious that Ashley is and always has been the problem.
Newcastle is a crumbling football club in many ways. Commercially Newcastle do not have the appeal they once had. A training ground that desperately needs improving, in addition to a first team squad that needs reinforcements. Amongst all of that there is something incredibly beautiful, a set of hard working players giving everything for their manager, a manager that genuinely cares.
The walls may continue to crumble but supporters will always see their players fight for the shirt on the pitch. The level of commitment and the desire of this set of player can never be questioned. Any potential new owner should be able to see beyond the ever increasing cracks and see a club that can rise from the rubble.
For all the obvious problems at the club, this group of players and manager will continue to fight to silence their many critics.