Steve Bruce has revealed that Mike Ashley sent him and his players a message of support over the international break.
The NUFC boss claims he reached out to “rally the troops” and “get behind everyone”, insisting that “nothing has changed” regarding his position at the club, with him still enjoying an “everyday rapport” with Lee Charnley.
So, it seems the club are continuing to back Bruce and go on as if nothing is wrong – another clear sign that Mike Ashley is ready to risk our top flight status once again.
Here’s what Bruce had to say about Ashley’s intervention – albeit not the one we wanted – over the break:
“He sent his message of support to rally the troops and get behind everyone.
“The owner has not had anything else to say at all”
“Nothing has changed.
“I have an everyday rapport with the CEO [Charnley] and that’s who I report to day in and day out.
“That’s the way it is.”
“I can only focus on the next nine games.
“I hope I am still the manager of Newcastle next year. That is for others to decide.”
The international break was the perfect chance to axe a man with just two wins under his belt over the past 20 games – a move that looked absolutely necessary after we looked a side that stunk of relegation in that pathetic 3-0 defeat at Brighton last time out.
It would’ve given us time to find a replacement capable of giving the team a boost over the final nine games of the season, but instead we have stuck with Bruce in hope Wilson and Saint-Maximin’s return will inspire us to safety.
As ever, Mike Ashley is taking needless risks with a club he couldn’t care less about.