Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Sunderland and Aston Villa striker said the 58-year-old was “100 per cent right” to defend Steve Bruce from criticism.
In an interview with The Telegraph‘s Luke Edwards, Bruce spoke openly about how fan pressure and criticism effected him at Newcastle United prior to his departure on Wednesday.
As quoted by Football.London (October 20th), Moyes lauded the job Bruce did at St. James’ Park and hit back at his critics.
Phillips claimed the level of criticism aimed at Bruce was “sad to see”.
“People don’t understand the implications,” he told Football Insider.
“At the end of the day, I agree with David Moyes. He’s 100 per cent right.
“I have said all along that Brucey did a great job under the circumstances.
“Moyes is right, the criticism does effect you. Some of the criticism Brucey received was sad to see.
“He was always going to go though. Steve is not daft and he will have known that the new owners would have wanted their own man in. It is unfortunate.
“I am delighted that he got his 1000th game as manager of his hometown club. You cannot take that away from him.
“You have to listen to Moyes. That kind of criticism effects you. Sadly, it comes with the job these days.”
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