Mills slams ‘disgraceful’ Newcastle fans after what he’s heard from Saint-Maximin

Steve Bruce was well liked by the Newcastle United squad and the “incredible” levels of abuse he suffered from the fans cannot be justified.

That is the view of ex-England and Middlesbrough full-back Danny Mills, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after Bruce left Newcastle by “mutual consent” earlier this week.

Newcastle talisman Allan Saint-Maximin praised his former manager on Sky Sports today (October 21).

He revealed the 60-year-old was a huge help both on and off the pitch and he was disappointed he had lost his job.

“Steve Bruce tried his best, Steve Bruce didn’t want to lose games, Steve Bruce did not want to be in the bottom three,” Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.

“He did everything possible. The abuse that he took from day one, the abuse that his family took, was disgraceful, the abuse that he’s still taking is disgraceful.

“He’s a Geordie, his family are Geordies, and they don’t think he’s passionate? What because he managed Sunderland and he played for Man United?

“He was trying to do his best and if his best wasn’t good enough, but he doesn’t need the vitriolic and vile abuse that he’s been getting.

“There were some great stats that I saw on Sky, Rafa was loved and Steve Bruce was hated from day one, their stats are so similar it’s ridiculous. It’s incredible how people get away with that. I think it was 90 or so games and there was a point or so in it and league position I think Bruce was a little better.

“The squad might think ‘Hang on, we’re a little bit responsible for this’. But he had covid issues, several players with long covid. Saint-Maximin was out for a long time.

“He had an awful lot to deal with it and he did his best. The players clearly liked him and there was a good relationship there.

“He looked saddened by the whole situation which I completely understand.”

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