Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce has rejected criticism from a section of the club’s fan base that they have made no progress since he took over in 2019 and said people should judge him at the end of the season.

While Newcastle is off to its best start to a top-flight season since 2014-15, sitting 12th with 18 points from 13 games, Tuesday’s 1-0 defeat by Championship club Brentford in the League Cup sparked a furious reaction, with some fans calling for Bruce to be sacked.

“Since I’ve walked through the door I’ve tried to take the club forward,” Bruce said at a news conference. “It’s slow, and you have to accept that people are going to say there’s been no progress. I’d beg to differ, but people have their opinions.”

The former Manchester United defender, who has had management stints at a long list of English clubs including Aston Villa, Sunderland and Hull City, said he had gone…

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