Pundit says Steve Bruce is 'lucky to hold on to his job' and accuses Mike Ashley of 'sticking two fingers' up at fans

Graeme Souness has stated that Mike Ashley is ‘sticking two fingers up’ at Newcastle United fans.

Sunday, 4th April 2021, 1:33 pm

The former Newcastle United boss was speaking on Sky Sports before Newcastle’s clash with Tottenham which could see the Magpies drop into the bottom three if they lose and relegation rivals Fulham win.

The Magpies have not won in the Premier League since February with pressure mounting on Newcastle United head coach Steve Bruce

"Having been at the football club, I understand the pressures involved," Souness told Sky Sports.

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Newcastle United head coach Steve Bruce.

"I hate talking about managers losing their jobs. I know Steve Bruce, good guy, but I think he's lucky to hold on to his job. It's as if Mike Ashley is sticking two fingers up at the supporters.

"If 95% say they want a change, most boards would make that change. If there were people in the stadium, I think that change would have been made.

"Right now, I think Mike Ashley is saying 'nope, you can have all the polls you want, I'm not making a change', but it's a high-risk strategy. I don't know what the numbers are but it's a big difference in pounds, shilling and pence.

"It's a big, big number if they go down and don't come back up but that's the call he's making right now."

Newcastle United are just two points and one place ahead of 18th placed Fulham, who occupy the third and final Premier League relegation spot, but the Magpies do have a game in hand on the Londoners.

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