Sky Sports have confirmed that Steve Bruce ‘retains the support’ of Mike Ashley – despite widespread calls for him to be sacked.
That said, Sky’s North-East correspondent Keith Downie states that Ashley’s stance would change if results don’t prove.
He claims that the Newcastle United owner would run out of patience with the current boss if we were dragged into a relegation battle over the coming weeks.
We are currently 15th on 19 points and eight clear of third bottom Fulham, however the Cottagers have TWO games on hand on Newcastle ahead of their trip to Tottenham tonight.
Here’s what Downie’s had to say in a Wednesday night update on Steve Bruce’s future following yesterday’s pathetic performance at Sheffield United:
‘Steve Bruce retains the support of Newcastle owner Mike Ashley, despite fans calling for him to be sacked following defeat to bottom of the table Sheffield United.
‘However Ashley’s patience would be expected to run thin if Newcastle were dragged into a dog fight for PL survival.’
Considering these are our upcoming fixtures, it feels like it may not be long until Ashley’s stance changes – not that he should be affording Bruce anymore time!
- Arsenal (A)
- Leeds (H)
- Everton (A)
- Palace (H)
- Southampton (H)
- Chelsea (A)
- Man Utd (A)
- Wolves (H)
Did Mike Ashley not learned his lesson with Steve McClaren?
His decision to sack the former Newcastle United boss too late ultimately cost us that season, yet it feels like he’s prepared to take exactly the same risk in delaying the inevitable with Steve Bruce.
The stats have always gone against Bruce and the results are finally starting to follow, making any decision to stick with him a huge risk – especially when it could end up scuppering a £300m Saudi takeover should he send us down!