‘Ashley’s killing us’ and ‘what a joke’ are just some of the quotes from many Newcastle fans who fume as an update emerges online.
The Chronicle recently revealed the situation with manager Steve Bruce, and it turns out to not be a good one leaving many thinking relegation is inevitable.
The media outlet state that the Magpies owner Mike Ashley is set to stick by the manager despite their poor form in recent weeks.
It adds that Ashley is currently not in the country and is aware of the fact that would have to pay out a seven figure sum to pay off the current boss. That is one reason why he is reluctant to make a change at the club now.
Steve Bruce is “convinced” Newcastle will avoid Premier League relegation despite losing at Man Utd – making it an eighth defeat in 10 games.
Successive losses means that they are three points clear of the drop zone, after 18th-placed Fulham got themselves seven points within a week.
“Fulham have had a good week and won a couple of games, which at the bottom end of the table is big,” Bruce said.
“My message to the supporters is that I’m convinced we’ll be OK.”
Newcastle were last relegated to the Championship in the 2015-16 season, though quickly bounced back to win the second tier a year later.
Asked if it was a gloomy situation, Bruce replied: “I agree with you, it’s gloomy, but I was pleased with the performance today, especially in the first hour, but you have to turn those performances into results and I’m still quietly confident we will get the results we need.
“Of course fans don’t want to see their team at the wrong end of the table, I understand that totally. We have a unique fan base which makes us the club we have got, and of course they are anxious.”
Before Fulham’s win, Bruce said that he will see where the two teams end up at the end of the season, adding that there are still plenty of points to play for during the remainder of the campaign.
“Let’s see where we are at the end of the season,” said the Newcastle boss. “It’s the accumulation of points that you get at the end of the season and that will never change.
“Fulham have obviously closed the gap a bit but they’re still struggling to win as well, they’ve only won one in the last 14 games (before Sheffield United). It’s all to play for.
“We know we’re in the bottom half of the division which means we have to get to the figure as quick as we possibly can. You’ve got to quietly get about your job and get the points on the board and that’s what we’ll be trying to achieve.”
Newcastle fans fume as the update over Mike Ashley and Steve Bruce emerges…
@halliday_9: Whey, we’ll lose a hell of a lot more if and when we go down. So much for a successful businessman, eh? – Makes no sense why he’s risking losing £150M at a minimum when he is actually good at making money.
@tomtoon2010: Why? Bruce was given more than £100m to spend and we’re in 17th place. Totally incompetent at the job… or maybe completely competent if we stay in 17th after game 38
@DFinnigan1980: The alternative is to part with significantly more, if we are relegated.
@agbnufc_: Yeah 7 figures is nothing it would be a couple million max. Vs cost of relegation 100 million.
@NEntwisle: Better than the hundreds of millions he’s going to lose when we go down
@mikeyagray: And there is the real story of why he’s still in the job.
@garrypo57435032: Better than losing millions on relegation and potentially the takeover. I will never understand Mike Ashley and what goes through his brain.
@Realchib: I’d happily crowdfund it
@markmar80507509: £150 million loss if we go down!
@Hartley61732559: Too cheap! Championship next season!
@michaeL73523388: Ashley and Bruce deserve each other they will be playing in a empty stadium even when fans are allowed back in.they are responsible for the destruction of Newcastle Utd.
@Stuart72584324: But what if we go down how much would he lose not rocket science
@AndrewChambers2: What a 💩 show. 😂 gotta laugh.
@shaun_foster89: He would also lose a larger 7 figure+ sum if we are relegated so the money point is irrelevant, it just shows Ashley doesn’t care about the club as a whole and charnley is a clueless as we already knew
@ChaytorStu: Making a change in management could very well save us, but at the same time it could be to late. Bruce should have been sacked after the Brentford and Sheffield Utd results. Ashley’s gambling to save himself a few quid by not paying off a manager could ultimately cost him more.