Date: 20th January 2021 at 8:15pm
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Writing in The Daily Telegraph, Luke Edwards has revealed Bruce could be in trouble if results do not pick up in the next three games. 

What’s the story?

With on a miserable run of nine games without a win, fan frustration has seemingly reached boiling point with swathes of supporters demanding the manager’s removal.

Still, owner is not exactly renowned for sacking his head coaches with only , Chris Hughton and Steve McClaren officially being relieved of their duties while the full-time boss. Indeed, reports from The Daily Mail in November claimed Bruce still had the support of the Sports Direct mogul despite the start of the decline they find themselves on now.

However, according to Edwards, Ashley could ‘panic’ if Bruce is not able to beat either Aston Villa, or Everton, by which point Newcastle could be deeply entrenched in a scrap.

If he does, a change in manager could reportedly be inevitable.

The Verdict

Lessons have to be learnt from 2016.

Though did inspire the team to a strong end to that otherwise bitterly disappointing campaign, the Spaniard was only given nine games to try and beat the drop. The most costly decision that was not to sack McClaren earlier and, if they repeat that process again, Ashley could stand to lose the coveted TV money as well as any hopes of a takeover.

While Ashley’s rather lowly ambition of simply keeping Newcastle in the top tier of English football has proven hugely frustrating over the years, hopefully it ultimately saves the club’s season and a change is made.