Former Newcastle defender Warren Barton has criticised Steve Bruce for a lack of passion for the club.

As per the Shields Gazette, Barton slammed Bruce after Newcastle’s 1-0 loss to Sheffield United last night.

That was the Blades’ first win of the season, secured thanks to a Billy Sharp penalty in the second half.

Barton said former Manchester United captain Bruce doesn’t compare well to ex-Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard in terms of the job he’s done at Rangers.

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“Even when he gets interviewed afterwards, Steve, he’s supposed to be a Geordie from the area. When he wins the game there’s no passion,” said Barton.


“They look like even when they win a game, no one is enjoying it, which is such a strange thing to say. I know Steve and he’s a good football man but I don’t see him enjoying being manager of Newcastle.

“I look at what Steven Gerrard has done to Glasgow Rangers. He’s gone in and grabbed that club by the scruff of the neck. He’s got hold of that club and took it forward.

“Someone needs to do that with Newcastle. You should enjoy being at that football club. There’s no ambition. Steve was a fighter, a winner, a great captain and leader but I don’t see that at the minute.”

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Gerrard has Rangers on the verge of the Scottish title, having transformed the club since his arrival.

Newcastle are just stagnating, with no passion or ambition. This job should be the job of Bruce’s life but it looks like a chore right now.

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