Robbie Savage believes it would be for the best if Newcastle parted company with Steve Bruce this summer, allowing him to “leave Tyneside with his head held high” at the end of the season.
Seven points across our last three games have handed our survival hopes a huge boost, but it wasn’t long ago that 95% of 14,000 voters said they wanted him out in a big poll by The Chronicle.
Even with the recent upturn in results, we’ve won just THREE of our last 23 matches and have often relied on the brilliance of individuals to save Bruce’s bacon.
Now Savage has come out to say that it may be best if the club and manager go their separate ways – a surprise message of advice given he was one of Bruce’s staunchest supporters not long ago.
Here is what he wrote in The Mirror:
“I’m not saying Bruce should walk away, and I hope he sticks around long enough to win over the doubters – but it might be for the best if the club and manager part company.
“Then, for everyone’s sake and the prevailing appetite for a fresh start, he can leave Tyneside with his head held high, because the bottom line is this: Steve Bruce is not the most iconic manager, but he knows his way around a football pitch.
“And most importantly of all, he’s a decent man.”
Savage’s words echo what Simon Jordan – another Bruce ally – said on talkSPORT a few days ago.
If Bruce keeps us up and chooses to walk away, I will have no hard feelings against him either.
A new lease of life is needed ahead of next season no matter what division we are in, with the return of supporters likely to make for a toxic environment should Bruce still be standing in the dugout.