Steve Bruce becomes just the second Newcastle manager to not win in opening three games at St James’ Park a

Steve Bruce becomes just the second Newcastle manager to not win in opening three games at St James’ Park a
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Steve Bruce’s Newcastle side gave a lacklustre display at St James’ Park that saw them booed by the home crowd at half-time and full-time whistles.

The Magpies were lucky to escape with a draw against Brighton and it now means Bruce has failed to win at home in three attempts.

Steve Bruce replaced Rafael Benitez as Newcastle boss

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Steve Bruce replaced Rafael Benitez as Newcastle boss

With that result, the manager now equals an unwanted record that puts him on par with Steve McClaren.

Bruce is just the second Newcastle boss, along with McClaren, who has failed to win any of their first three matches at St James’ Park.

It is still early days in his tenure but better performances and results at home will go a long way to endearing himself to the supporters.

After six games, Newcastle have just five points and sit fourth from bottom with sides below them still to play this weekend.

McClaren did not last a whole season at St James’ Park in 2015/16 when he was sacked in March of that campaign.

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He won just seven of his 31 games in charge and was swiftly axed.

Bruce’s next fixtures do not get any easier, though, with a trip to Leicester next weekend followed by a home clash with Manchester United.

A visit to Stamford Bridge is then on the fixture list in a tough run of games.