Last week, it was reported by The Telegraph that Mike Ashley believes it is just the “vocal minority” who are fed up with life under Steve Bruce at Newcastle United.
While the thoughts of 1,600 supporters does not speak for the entire fanbase, the results of a poll we ran on Twitter a few days ago were pretty damning and too one-sided to ignore.
We asked fans which camp they were in on Steve Bruce: 1) He needs to go, 2) He deserves more time or 3) He’s doing a good job and should be backed.
As you can see below, the results were a landslide, with 94.4% of the 1,600 who voted believing he needs to go:
Perhaps people feel this is just the ‘vocal minority’ and that your every day fan who’s not on social media or doesn’t tweet after each defeat believes Bruce is doing a solid job, however I really think the tide is turning now.
We remain well clear of the drop zone, so technically he is doing the job Mike Ashley has asked of him, but with performances unacceptable of late, heads dropping, underlying stats absolutely damning and the brand of football on display hard to watch, we now go into a VERY winnable run of fixtures with zero momentum.
On the flip side, upcoming games against Palace, Villa, West Brom, Leeds and Fulham (along with our cup quarter final at Brentford) hand Bruce the perfect chance to respond to his critics and prove us wrong over the festive period, but the pressure is mounting and we’re seeing very little evidence to suggest he’s about to settle on a system that works and rally a group of players who frankly look a bit fed up.