The newspaper claim on their website that despite both Charnley and Mike Ashley being concerned with the Magpies’ start to the season under Bruce, they believe there is no need to change manager.
The Northern Echo report that Charnley is keen to avoid a repeat of their extended search for a manager in the summer but it does say that there is an awareness that the current run of form cannot go on indefinitely.
Bruce couldn’t have wished for a worst possible start right now, and it is hard to see how the Magpies move forward from Sunday’s dismal display against Leicester. They were simply embarrassed at the King Power Stadium, and both Ashley and Charnley cannot have enjoyed what they saw that afternoon. Players have to take some of the criticism though, and it was clear that their heads weren’t in the game as they were outclassed by the Foxes. Bruce still hasn’t found the right blend of players in the correct system, and he needs to do it quickly. There is no way he will make progress if he can’t cement a single formation or set of players that consistently perform for him on a weekly basis. Ashley and Charnley may be backing Bruce right now, but there is only a certain amount of patience that they will have, and if this poor run continues, that patience will surely soon start to wear thin in the North East.