Steve Bruce ‘will not be sacked’ by Newcastle despite growing unrest amongst the supporters and talks between club officials this week.
Bruce has come under-fire in recent weeks following Newcastle’s slide towards the relegation places, the Magpies having won just two of their past 18 league games to sit just two points above the Premier League’s bottom three.
The alarming run of results has seen increased calls for a change in manager with Bruce remaining an unpopular figure amongst the supporters at St James’ Park, though Newcastle are set to show faith in the under-fire boss ahead of the Premier League’s run-in.
According to the Telegraph, Bruce held talks with club officials at the club’s training ground on Monday and the Newcastle hierarchy are prepared to back the manager until the end of the current campaign.
Bruce is understood to have considered his position following the emphatic 3-0 defeat to fellow strugglers Brighton before the international break, but is unprepared to walk away despite huge pressure from the media and fanbase.
As many as 95% of fans surveyed in a local paper have expressed a desire to see Bruce leave, though the Newcastle boss is confident he can turn the club’s fortunes around with the impending returns of Callum Wilson and Allen Saint-Maximin from injury set to hand the Magpies a major boost.
Newcastle currently sit two points ahead of 18th-placed Fulham in the battle to beat the drop, though have played a game fewer than the west Londoners.
Bruce’s side return to Premier League action with a home clash against Tottenham on April 4.