Steve Bruce is set to remain at the club ahead of the upcoming Newcastle clash with Aston Villa and ‘probably well beyond’, according to Luke Edwards of the Telegraph.
Newcastle saw out an unconvincing 0-0 stalemate with West Brom in a crucial relegation tie that has left the Magpies languishing just one point above the relegation zone.
In failing to capitalise upon an opportunity to build some distance with relegation rivals, Newcastle was then punished further when Fulham claimed three vital points in a 1-0 win over Liverpool.
Fulham’s result took the Cottagers level on points with 17th-placed Brighton as a sense of survival belief surely grips west London.
The results will do little to allay fears among the Newcastle faithful that relegation is a real threat under the reign of Steve Bruce.
As is noted by the Shields Gazette, a number of supporters believe Bruce needs to be sacked in order to usher in drastic change that could ensure survival.
Despite winning just two games in their last 18 league fixtures however, Newcastle figures Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley have no plans to relieve the 60-year-old tactician of his role.
As Edwards of the Telegraph noted in a recent tweet, Newcastle fans will have to continue to settle with the sight of Bruce in the dugout for the foreseeable future:
‘Steve Bruce will not be sacked as #nufc manager and will definitely still be in charge against Aston Villa, probably well beyond that from what I’ve been told’, declared the tweet.
Nothing but Newcastle’s View
This is the news that many Newcastle fans will be hoping would never come.
If Newcastle’s pattern of results continues, the spectre of relegation will surely continue to haunt the club.
Many fans will be left indignant that the board are not prepared to take the hit of sacking Bruce in favour of a fresh roll of the dice, and misplaced trust in Bruce could prove costly.