The heat is on  Steve Bruce, without a win since 2016 the plastic Geordie is now getting stick from Aston Villa fans.

In answer to his critics, the Villa boss says only six weeks he was ‘the saviour’ but ‘now it’s off with his head’.

Six weeks ago Villa had just lost to relegation-fighting Cardiff and now the Welsh club are six points and four league positions higher than Steve Bruce and his team.

Since the turn of the year they have lost seven of the eight matches they have played and picked up only one point from 21 in the league.

Despite this, the former Sunderland Manager insists ‘I’m the man to turn Aston Villa around’.

Whether he proves this in the longer-term or not, Monday must be a great chance of three points for Newcastle.

Steve Bruce says he isn’t bothered about performances and just wants a result – if Newcastle are anywhere near their best then he should get neither.

Steve Bruce:

‘I am the man to turn Aston Villa around’

“I will turn it around and I’m absolutely convinced of that.

“It (playing Newcastle) will be a great occasion, live on TV and there will be 50-odd thousand there.

“Newcastle have done very well under Rafa Benitez, they have a settled team and a settled position – they’ll be difficult to beat.

“I need time…six weeks ago I’m the saviour and now it’s off with his head.

“I am the man for the job and still relishing the challenge, it is more difficult than I thought it would be but I’m up for it.

“Of course I have made mistakes and the last six weeks I haven’t been good enough – but then the three months before that I was the best thing since sliced bread.

“I’m determined to see it through and I’m convinced I’m the right person for this job.

“I’m not bothered about performances – we need a result.”