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Pundit Touches On Bruce’s Job Security If Things Turn South Again

Steve Bruce has had a much better week after the win against Manchester United. His young midfielder Matty Longstaff’s goal has lifted the dark clouds surrounding the club slightly this week.

The win pulled Newcastle out of the relegation zone. For the moment at least, talks of Steve Bruce being sacked have died down some. Getting three points tends to do that.

However, former Celtic striker John Hartson and current pundit BT Sport has spoken about Steve Bruce’s position recently.

The subject of what it will take for Mike Ashly to move on from Bruce was broached. This is what Hartson had to say:

“I know Steve, he’s a really really top bloke, says it like it is, doesn’t make excuses, he’s honest, he just needs his players now to step up and to give it everything.

“I think Bruce will get a bit more time, another three or four months until January. If Newcastle are rock bottom or in the bottom three then Mike Ashley might decide to do something and panic.

“But he’ll get the next three or four months to try and get Newcastle on some sort of run.”

Hartson’s comments seem to be the prevailing wisdom on Bruce’s job security. Mike Ashley has a history of holding on to the bitter end with his preferred managers. We agree that even if it does start to go downhill again, Bruce’s job is safe until at least January. Probably even longer than that.

There are other considerations for Mike Ashley this time around as Lee Ryder astutely pointed out in the week leading to the Manchester United win. This is what Ryder had to say a few weeks ago:

If Mike Ashley was to fire the head coach now it would be a vote of no confidence in the club’s own decision-making process.

They have just paid millions in compensation to secure his release from Sheff Wed and they’d have to pay out again if they terminated his three-year deal.

I honestly think that Bruce would have to be nine or 10 points adrift in the relegation zone before they decided to hit the panic button.

If Newcastle stay up and get more players in this January, it will probably be deemed as laying the foundations for the new manager.

Our fears a few weeks ago of a third straight horror show of a performance was thankfully laid to rest by the Manchester United win. However, this team have been down this road before.

After the Tottenham win, Newcastle had a very disappointing draw against bottom of the league Watford. Then came the first international break from which Newcastle returned with a decent performance against Liverpool. Though after that were the dreadful Brighton and Leicester displays.

We are midway through the second international break right now. Newcastle will return with an away match against Chelsea. Then they play in-form Wolves at St James Park before traveling to West Ham.

Bruce and the players must come back from this break in better form than last time. The next month should provide us a few more clues as to how this season is going to unfold.

12 comments so far

  • Lindisfarne

    Oct 12, 2019 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #1

    Steve ‘kimchi’ Bruce

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Oct 12, 2019 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #2

    Lindisfarne, lol.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Oct 12, 2019 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #3

    Apparently Matty is on £820 per week, should think he’s in line for a pay rise.

  • IrishRob

    Oct 12, 2019 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #4

    Yeah I agree, give the young lad £1000.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Oct 12, 2019 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #5

    This was on the Official NUFC site if anyone is interested in watching a live local game today.

    It’s the tenth annual Non-League Day this Saturday, with a number of fixtures taking place across the North East.

    Partnered by Prostate Cancer UK, Non-League Day was set up in 2010 by Queens Park Rangers supporter James Doe. Always scheduled to coincide with an international break, the initiative encourages supporters of clubs at the highest levels of the game to go along and check out a team plying their trade further down the pyramid.

    As ever, there are plenty of options for United fans to choose from, including those listed below.

    Vanarama National League North

    Darlington vs. Boston United

    Gateshead vs. Gloucester City

    Buildbase FA Trophy

    Dunston UTS vs. Ossett United

    BetVictor Northern Premier League Premier Division

    Morpeth Town vs. Basford United

    Ebac Northern League

    There are games at Hebburn Town, Newcastle Benfield, Newton Aycliffe, Sunderland RCA and Whickham in Division One, while Billingham Synthonia, Birtley Town, Brandon United, Heaton Stannington, Newcastle University, Tow Law Town, Washington and Willington are at home in Division Two.

    Buildbase FA Vase

    A handful of the region’s clubs are away in the competition’s First Round, but Jarrow, Seaham Red Star, Shildon, Sunderland Ryhope C.W. and Thornaby are all at home.

    For more information on Non-League Day, visit http://www.nonleagueday.co.uk.

  • Jib

    Oct 12, 2019 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #6

    Irish Rob
    I forget
    Are you one of my alts or not ?

  • toon22

    Oct 12, 2019 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #7

    Any sign of that auditor JIB ?

    Maybe you could pretend to do them …


  • lesh

    Oct 12, 2019 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #8


    Irish Rob can’t be one of your alts, he’s not a complete pillock!


  • lesh

    Oct 12, 2019 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #9



    With reference to the Strawberry appeal, planning appeals can be referred to one of government’s departments (Environment I think) for a final decision.

    I’m sorry to disagree with you that such appeals are apolitical, but given Corbyn’s seeming interest in NUFC and football club governance, I’m sure there’d be more chance of objectors succeeding with his lot than with the current set of shysters.

  • Just a fan

    Oct 12, 2019 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #10

    Re multiples.
    There are two ways to be fooled.one is to believe what isn’t true,the other is to refuse to believe what is true.
    Soren Kierkegaard.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Oct 12, 2019 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #11


    Sorry to disagree with you but I believe that Corbyn’s interest in football governance is an election ploy.

    I’m surprised that the other parties haven’t used it, yet!

  • lesh

    Oct 12, 2019 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #12


    Of course it was electioneering and without getting into the debate, there’s as much chance of a Telegraph reader’s party of choice turning down an application from one of its champions of greed as there is of Ashley demonstrating ambition for NUFC.


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