Former professional footballer Alex Bruce, son of Newcastle manager Steve Bruce has opened up on the abuse he has received from Newcastle United supporters. Bruce, 36, has now retired from the professional game, due to the current financial struggles for lower league clubs. Bruce was training with David Artell's League One side Crewe Alexandra before making the decision to retire from football.
Speaking on the Undr The Cosh podcast, hosted by former professional footballers Jon Parkin (who was previously challenged YouTuber KSI to a boxing match) and Chris Brown, Bruce discussed the abuse that he receives online, with Brown branded the social media abuse as an "absolute disgrace".
"Unfortunately it's water off a ducks back and I am used to it, in terms of getting abuse online" Bruce remarked.
Alex Bruce's father, Steve Bruce, is currently under pressure as manager at Premier League side Newcastle and it has been reported that there was recently a training groud dispute involving midfielder Matt Ritchie, where the Scottish international called Bruce a "coward".
In an article produced by the Daily Mail, it was also stated that Newcastle fans have lost trust in Bruce and want Graeme Jones to take over the managerial role. Jones is currently a coach at Newcastle after a disappointing managerial spell at Championship side Luton Town.
"We are all guilty of having the odd look now and again (at social media) and it is sometimes toxic. I do get a lot abuse (on social media). I'm an easy target, obviously with my Dad (Steve Bruce) being the manager, people wanting to give stick for making a bad descision and I'm just there as an easy target.": Alex Bruce.
"I shouldn't really have social media, if I'm honest" said Alex Bruce, the former Hull City defender. Jon Parkin quipped "to be honest, I wish my Dad was a manager and he signed me everywhere he goes!".
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