Steve Bruce is understood to be ‘in no immediate danger’ of the sack at Newcastle despite the club’s concerning winless run.
Newcastle are without a win in their past eight fixtures in all competitions and were beaten 1-0 by previously winless Sheffield United on Tuesday, with the Magpies just three places above the Premier League’s bottom three following a poor run of form.
Bruce’s side delivered an abject display at Bramall Lane against a Sheffield United side who seem destined for the Championship, Billy Sharp’s penalty condemning the visitors to defeat after Ryan Fraser picked up two bookings in the first half.
Their faltering fortunes have increased the pressure on Bruce, though the Press Association are reporting that the manager’s position is under no ‘immediate’ threat despite the concern regarding the club’s recent performances.
Owner Mike Ashley is currently embroiled in an arbitration process with the Premier League following the league’s decision to block an attempted takeover bid from a Saudi-led consortium, with the retail entrepreneur still keen to sell the club after acknowledging he does not possess the resources to compete at the top end of the division.
Newcastle have twice been relegated under Ashley’s ownership and he knows another drop into the second tier will harm his chances of a sale, though is prepared to keep faith with Bruce providing the Magpies remain clear of the drop zone.
Newcastle currently sit eight points clear of 18th-placed Fulham, though the west London side have two games-in-hand.