Jermaine Jenas is reputed for coming up with an unpopular opinion or two whenever he is on live television analyzing a game.
The ex-Spurs footballer did not disappoint when he was analyzing Manchester United’s clash against Newcastle United for BT Sport last night when he jumped to the defence of Newcastle manager Steve Bruce in what has been a woeful run of form for the Magpies of late.
Jenas voiced his opinion that he thought that some fans of the club have a personal vendetta against Bruce after a majority of Newcastle supporters wanted the Geordie boss out of the St James’ Park home dugout.
His comments did not sit particularly right with fellow pundit Jake Humphrey, whose reaction to Jenas’ opinion went viral on social media platforms – and was one that resonated with the Magpies’ fans.
Humphrey shut down Jenas’ defence of Steve Bruce by presenting a statistical analysis of Bruce’s tenure at the club – which makes him statistically the worst ever manager in the Premier League.
Humphrey also raised the point of Newcastle’s dip in status in the top flight over the years – the Tyneside outfit seems to be involved in a full-blown battle to avoid relegation, sitting 17th on the points table – only three points outside the relegation spots. Humphrey also pointed out the awful form that the Magpies are in at the moment and the fact that before Mike Ashley, Newcastle were consistent participants in Europe – which seems like the distant past when compared to their current predicament.
The ex-Norwich player’s comments were resonated by a number of Newcastle United supporters on Twitter, some of whom were delighted to see Humphrey “put Jenas in his place”.
Newcastle lost their match 3-1 to Manchester United last night – with goals from Marcus Rashford, Dan James and Bruno Fernandes overshadowing an Allan Saint-Maximin strike at Old Trafford.
Check out the reactions below –
Shocking comments from @jjenas8 tonight.— Toon For Change (@ToonForChange) February 21, 2021
Difficult to understand his viewpoint when the stats don’t back it up.
It isn’t personal against Bruce, he just happens to be statistically the worst ever Premier League manager and is taking his “boyhood club” down.#NUFC #Bruce
Jermaine Jenas, literally coming out with the biggest self-contradiction on live TV. Complete nightmare you’ve had there son— Mark Wallis (@MarkWallis9) February 21, 2021
Double standards at the very best…. Absoloute stinker!@jjenas8 @NUFC #NUFC #BruceOut #ActLateSealYourFate
@mrjakehumphrey is the only pundit that actually understands @NUFC . We sit 17th, and will almost certainly be relegated this season,again, but it’s ok, because Jermaine Jenas thinks we’ve played a little bit better the last few games. 🤡 #NUFC #BruceOut— Sam Walsh (@sam_w_182) February 21, 2021