'You can’t publicly argue with fans' - Former Newcastle United defender provides intriguing verdict on Steve Bruce's future
Warren Barton believes there is no way back for Steve Bruce at Newcastle United in the eye of the fans, despite keeping the club in the Premier League.
The Magpies’ survival was confirmed with three games to spare after Fulham lost 2-0 to Burnley at Craven Cottage last night.
Although Bruce has collected 11 points from a possible 18 since the March international break to lift United away from danger, supporters remain unconvinced about the 60-year-old.
And Barton, who made 218 appearances during his seven years at St James’s Park, shares a similar belief.
When asked if Bruce has earned the right to win the fans over next season, Barton told Sky Sports: "It is a possibility but I think it’s gone too far now.
"The comments that were said, the style of football at the beginning of the season – you can’t go and publicly argue with the fans.
"Some of the things that have been said on social media is not right – that’s not fair, particularly when it’s personal attacks on Steve and his family.
“My point of view is that he’s taken the club so far. This club should be going further, not the next level but two or three levels.
"The potential is there, the ambition is there with the fans, they just want their team to go out and perform, try and win games.
"If that’s being done, I think that is going to be a successful time for Newcastle because I believe there is a good squad of players there.
"If you can add to it with a bit more quality then they’ve got a real chance.”