Steve Bruce is calling for ‘clarity’ about his future in Newcastle after the defeat to the Spurs, leading fans to demand his resignation with new Saudi-led owners expected to swing the axe…
- Newcastle boss Steve Bruce wants ‘clarity’ about his future amid calls for his abolition
- His side were beaten 3-2 by Tottenham on Sunday to continue their scoreless start
- Bruce vowed to fight on in his role, but said he would wait for the owners to do something
- Sports post understands that it will be replaced by new owners in the near future
Steve Bruce has called for clarity on his future after admitting Newcastle United are in a relegation battle following their 3-2 loss to Spurs.
On a day that was supposed to be a celebration of the club’s new Saudi-led ownership, it ended with supporters yelling at the head coach and again calling for him to leave.
It was expected that Amanda Staveley and her consortium would fire Bruce for this match, and we understand he will be replaced in the near future.
Steve Bruce wants more clarity about his Newcastle and the coach is expected to be fired soon
His side were beaten 3-2 by Tottenham on Sunday to continue their scoreless start to the season
And Bruce said, ‘Every football club needs clarity, from the top down. The new owners have been very respectful.
“My future is for other people to decide. I will carry on as best I can until I hear otherwise. I’ll see what they have to say.’
Newcastle are second bottom and three points from safety after eight games without a win. And Bruce admitted: “Obviously, if you’re in the bottom half, you’re in a relegation battle.
Amanda Staveley and her consortium were expected to fire Bruce before the competition
‘But haven’t we spent five years on that in the past six years? I would think so. We’ve been up to it since I took the reins. I am still convinced that it is a relegation battle that we are going to win.’
Bruce was reflecting on the game in a TV interview when a home supporter harassed him. “Excuse the idiot,” he said.
But of a game in which his side had led through Callum Wilson after 108 seconds, he added: “It’s pretty clear we didn’t defend well enough after a great start. We’ve done that too often for my taste.
Spurs scored with their first attack and scored with their second. If we try to be up front, we don’t defend well enough.’
The veteran boss – who managed his 1,000 game at St James’ Park – admitted his side was engaged in a dogfight against relegation
Meanwhile, the game was halted at the end of the first half and the players returned to the changing rooms after a supporter suffered a suspected cardiac arrest in the East Stand.
Players from both sides had rushed to the dugout and urged medical staff to be there when it was revealed there was a problem. The news last night was that the man was stable and responsive in the hospital.
And Bruce said, ‘I have to tell the supporters well done right away. They made it clear that something was wrong and warned the players.
“We had a defibrillator on that side of the ground that saved human lives, from what we hear. It’s great that we have those people who were able to save his life.’