Please find below a statement from Joe Chilcott, a spokesperson for supporter group Toon For Change, who are actively campaigning for the immediate removal of Steve Bruce:
Steve Bruce described the Newcastle United manager role as his dream job, but under his leadership – this season is becoming a nightmare for supporters. We are told by pundits who defend Bruce that football is a ‘results business’, meanwhile we have won one of our last ten games and find ourselves seven points above the relegation zone.
After the Sheffield United loss (which was their first win and clean sheet of the season), Bruce said that ‘he’ll never walk away from a challenge’, but if he really loves our club, he should realise that this is one challenge too many for him and it is time for him to step aside.
Bruce has been relegated from the Premier League twice with two different sides and the way things are going, we will be his third. In the last 12 years, Newcastle United has been relegated twice – and on both occasions Mike Ashley stood by inept managers for too long before bringing in Shearer and Benitez, respectively for thankless tasks.
Ashley should learn from his previous mistakes, get rid of Bruce and appoint a proven, progressive manager before it’s too late.