Danny Murphy makes bold claim involving Newcastle United fans and Steve Bruce
Danny Murphy believes Steve Bruce’s only saving grace at Newcastle United is that supporters are locked out of St James’s Park.
Magpies fans are gunning for the 60-year-old to be removed from his head coach position following Saturday night’s defeat at relegation rivals Brighton.
The comprehensive 3-0 defeat at the Amex Stadium extended United’s winless run to six matches – contributing to an abysmal record of just two wins in 20 games.
Mike Ashley, much to the displeasure of supporters, is sticking by Bruce and backing him to steer the club away from danger.
However, had fans been present inside St James’s, the story would have been a lot different – according to Murphy.
Speaking to talkSPORT, Murphy said: "I talked earlier in the season and give Steve Bruce a little support regarding the reasonable position they were in the league.
"I do think if they kept (Callum) Wilson and (Allan) Saint-Maximin fit, they probably wouldn't be having the problems they are.
"Since then, I have to say I've kept an eye on Newcastle and although they've had the injuries, their level of performance has been really poor.
"There was a little bit of improvement for a few weeks but then, since they've come up against quality opposition, they've been really poor.
"I don't think Steve would still be in a job if the fans were in the stadium. I think they've had enough.
"I don't doubt he's giving his all but ultimately, what he's got to work with and the way he sets them up isn't working."