Mike Ashley has now assured Steve Bruce of his backing instead of sack – ‘Multiple sources’
Mike Ashley yet again has Newcastle United in the relegation zone.
Four games into the season with only one point from a possible twelve and Norwich the only club keeping Newcastle off the very bottom.
In addition, Newcastle United have conceded more goals than any other Premier League club and averaging three goals leaked every match, the alarm bells are ringing.
Throw in a League Cup exit at the first attempt at home to relegation rivals Burnley, it is indeed a classic Mike Ashley start to the season.
Steve Bruce is the latest patsy employed by Mike Ashley to act as a magnet for as much of the criticism and ridicule as possible, to deflect away from the owner.
However, when a manager (or head coach…) is doing so poorly, surely thoughts of a replacement must come into the head of even Mike Ashley.
On Monday morning though, a media update has reported that the very opposite is the case.
Luke Edwards of The Telegraph is a close friend and relentless cheerleader of Steve Bruce and he says he has heard via ‘multiple sources’ that there is no intention from Mike Ashley to sack his head coach.
Indeed, the mean from The Telegraph says that this is not just short-term but medium-term as well.
This message of support for Bruce from Mike Ashley will be no surprise to Newcastle fans because we all know why Steve Bruce got the job. A Championship manager who was so desperate to get a job in the Premier League, Bruce quite prepared like Pardew, Carver and McClaren before him, to take the job regardless of how humiliating the conditions would be.
Despite that Mike Ashley statement 10 days ago that very publicly humiliated Steve Bruce, the head coach remained 100% loyal to team Ashley, refusing to bite back at the owner’s treatment of him, both before and after the hammering at Old Trafford.
Last season it showed that results and performances on the pitch are the last thing that will push Mike Ashley into a change of stooge / patsy in charge of team affairs, Steve Bruce managing just two wins in twenty one matches in a period of over four months in the middle of last season.
So long as Steve Bruce continues to read from the Mike Ashley script and attack / blame both fans and media rather than the owner, there will be no sack coming his way any time soon, if ever, at least not whilst Ashley remains as owner.
Luke Edwards of The Telegraph via Twitter:
“Information from multiple sources at Newcastle United is Bruce will continue to be backed (not financially clearly) and is not under any threat short to medium term.
“Things can change in time it takes to pick up phone but seems very resolute.
“So will fans keep calling for sack at games?
“They are shouting angrily into a wind.
“Fans called for Pardew to be sacked for months. Didn’t happen.
“It’s horrible to feel powerless but at what point does it become more harmful to the team than anything else?
“Interesting debate. Everything will be decided by results in the end.”
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