Steve Bruce main media man explains why Mike Ashley is refusing to sack him
Mike Ashley is refusing to sack Steve Bruce, despite the Head Coach making it eight games without a win to start the season.
The defeat at Wolves leaves Newcastle United second bottom of the Premier League heading into the international break, despite a relatively easy set of fixtures, with an exit from the League Cup at the first attempt as well.
Newcastle United have already failed to beat any of Watford, Wolves, Southampton, West Ham, Aston Villa, Burnley and Leeds, even though four of those games were at St James Park.
No Premier League team has conceded more than Newcastle’s 16 goals in seven games, whilst Steve Bruce also has his team scoring less goals than last season, only eight scored (in eight games in all competitions) at this stage last season it was eleven goals in seven PL matches.
Luke Edwards of The Telegraph is Steve Bruce’s friend and biggest ally in the media, he has now been speaking about his mate’s situation.
Even Luke Edwards admitting that things are really bad at Newcastle United, the start to the season woeful.
The man from The Telegraph even publicly accepting: ‘Steve Bruce is really under pressure now, he really is’…but crucially, Luke Edwards says that there is no pressure from the NUFC owner and zero chance of Mike Ashley sacking him.
Luke Edwards of The Telegraph speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live’s Football Daily podcast:
“Newcastle only ever sack a manager if they really, really, really have to.
“Basically, what that is down to, as much as they try to deny it, is that Newcastle’s only ambition since Mike Ashley took over is to stay in the Premier League.
“So, as long as the manager is going to do that, or they think the manager can do that, they don’t panic, they don’t get rid of a manager.
“Steve Bruce is really under pressure now, he really is.
“They have not won for eight games in all competitions.
“They have played well in a few and not won, that is always a bad sign I think.
“The sort of things that were going for them, the rubs of the green, the smash and grabs, they’re not getting them at the minute.
“He’s under pressure from the media and supporters but not from the people that employ him.
“Because they will look at it and say well, we’re only one win from getting out of the bottom three.
“People said we should have sacked him in March last year, they have said to us for two years Steve Bruce is going to get Newcastle relegated, this is the fans talking by the way, and he hasn’t done that.
“So I think they will just keep him there until there’s a resolution with the takeover and whether that is going to go through or not, but that will be January. They just won’t panic.
“I saw something I have never seen in football before, when Alan Pardew was manager.
“Newcastle were winning 3-0 against Cardiff on the last day of the season and all four sides of the ground started booing and calling for him to go, wanted him to be sacked.
“It was so bad, he had to hide in his dugout. He basically said, I’m not coming out.
“He was still there the next season.
“Mike Ashley didn’t sack him, it the only time that I have been in a ground when the entire stadium has turned on a manager…and the owner has just gone: ‘yeah whatever, I like him I’m going to keep him there because he will keep us up.’
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