According to The Telegraph’s Luke Edwards, Mike Ashley ‘will panic’ should we fail to win any of our next three games – feeling Steve Bruce’s dismissal is ‘inevitable’ if signs of a revival don’t arrive over the next 10 days.
Those three games? Aston Villa away on Saturday night, a clash with Leeds United at St James’ Park next Tuesday and an early kick off at Everton in 9 days time.
Who knows what Ashley is thinking or telling those close to him, but these are interest claims from Luke Edwards – a reporter who has often had the stance that the NUFC owner won’t sack Steve Bruce until he feels there is no other option.
Here’s the telling snippet from his latest piece for The Telegraph:
“If Bruce does not win one of the next three games, against Leeds United, Aston Villa and Everton, even Ashley will panic.
‘When he does that, a change in manager is inevitable.”
If Bruce failed to win any of those three games, it would leave us on a run of TWELVE without a win.
That’s unacceptable and alarming at any level, but with Brighton picking up a big win at Leeds over the weekend, Fulham looking a far more capable side of late (they’ve been in the game throughout in their last three vs Spurs, Chelsea and Man Utd) and West Brom beating on Saturday, it feels like we’re on the slide while others are on the up.
The infuriating thing is, it shouldn’t take any few defeats for Mike Ashley to come to his senses. Has he not learned from his McClaren mistakes? Does he not want to act quicker this time now his £300m asset is in danger of deteriorating?
Personally, I think we’ll suffer heavy defeats against Villa and Leeds and he’ll be gone this time next week. I’d rather we won both than be proved right, but it does feel like it’s a matter of time until things get too bad for even Mike Ashley to ignore…if they haven’t already!
Here’s the table as of Thursday morning: