Newcastle owner Mike Ashley’s stance on Steve Bruce’s dismissal, as fans demand his dismissal.
After Newcastle’s terrible start to the season, Mike Ashley has a difficult dilemma.
Newcastle United has had a poor start to the season, with only one point in their first three games. And Steve Bruce, the team’s manager, is getting a lot of flak from the supporters.
The Magpies started the season with a 4-2 defeat at home to West Ham, followed by a 2-0 loss at Aston Villa.
On Saturday, they were denied their first win of the season when Southampton’s James Ward-Prowse equalized in the 97th minute.
Newcastle’s woes were aggravated by their Carabao Cup defeat at home to Burnley last week, and the club could be in for another poor season.
After a terrible first half versus Southampton, fans chanted, “We want Brucey out!”
Chief Mike Ashley has faced calls to fire Bruce in the past, but he has stood hard and, to some extent, been rewarded for his faith.
After battling relegation for the previous two seasons, Bruce guided his team to a 13th-place finish in the 2019/20 season and a 12th-place finish the previous season.
Although the football hasn’t been particularly thrilling, those two league positions are considerably above the relegation zone.
And, according to The Athletic, Ashley has no intention of slaughtering his figurative lamb.
Last season, Newcastle was on the verge of relegation. After a 2-2 tie with Tottenham Hotspur in April, the team had only won two of their previous 18 Premier League games.
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But Bruce pulled a rabbit out of the hat when it mattered most, and Newcastle’s five wins in the final eight games of the season were enough to keep them out of the relegation zone.
In the last weeks of the season, Bruce told talkSPORT, “I thought the easy thing would be to say I’m not enjoying this anymore, I’m getting a bit of stick, I’ll go away.”
“I’ve never been like that. I wanted to make sure Newcastle stayed in the division this season by battening down the hatches. I couldn’t change anything, so that’s all I focused on.”Brinkwire Summary News”.