Bruce has recently seemed to backtrack on his claims of aiming for the Premier League top 10, by saying his job was only to keep the Magpies in the top flight.
His comments have been criticised by supporters of late.
Speaking to Amazon Prime, he said: “I was trying to be as genuinely honest as I can.
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"For the last three or four years we have been in the bottom half. And when you’re there the first thing you have to avoid is a relegation, not that we want to talk about it. My remit from the off was always to keep Newcastle as a Premier League club and move forward as best we can.
We finished 13th last year and I also said, which has got lost, is can we try and get near the top 10. We are where we are.”