According to ‘sources close’ to Mike Ashley, the NUFC owner has no plans to take immediate action regarding Steve Bruce’s future at the club.
This comes via Lee Ryder’s latest piece for The Chronicle, which states that Newcastle insiders have insisted that Bruce will keep a hold of his job – no matter what happens in the ‘next couple of games’ against Watford and Wolves.
It’s also claimed that Ashley is happy to give the 60-year-old and his coaching staff more time to turn things around, with those close to the Sports Direct chief stressing that he would only consider a change if we are ‘cut adrift’ heading into the winter period.
Ashley is said to remain reluctant to pay the seven-figure fee required to sack his man, with recent reports suggesting he’s on a rolling contract that would see him earn £4m in compensation should he be given the boot.
This also comes after Eddie Howe’s odds were slashed to become the next Toon boss over the weekend, being priced as low as 2/1 following last Friday’s 1-1 draw with Leeds at St James’ Park.
So, in short, it seems Mike Ashley is happy to sit back and take more risks with our Premier League status.
Based on our awful run of fixtures over the festive period, he might be leaving it far too late if he continues to wait – especially if we come out of upcoming clashes with Watford and Wolves without any wins.