Date: 19th January 2021 at 2:30pm
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Mark Douglas has been speaking on the latest edition of the Everything is Black & White podcast about all things relating to Newcastle United.

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Starting with an easy one, how much did Joelinton cost Newcastle when he swapped Hoffenheim for Tyneside?

One of the main topics that The Chronicle reporter spent some time on was Steve Bruce’s future after Newcastle were beaten 1-0 by Sheffield United and find themselves in a dreadful run of form.

However, as it stands Bruce is not thought to be under any threat and unleashed a vicious public attack on his players last week, and this led Douglas to discuss Bruce’s future, and he thinks that if the Toon are going to sack him, it needs to be soon before it is too late to save the season.

He said: “So I think really they would have to make a decision in the next two or three weeks, probably from the next three games, if he loses all three, it will be interesting to see whether Newcastle then look at it and say ‘look we need to protect our investment here’ or whether they just let him continue and say ‘look we believe in him.'”

Do you think the club will sack Steve Bruce soon?

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TIF Thoughts on Douglas’ claims…

So, it looks like Douglas thinks it might be approaching decision time for Newcastle United amid this dreadful run of form they find themselves in. The Magpies have since lost to Arsenal in the Premier League to stretch their winless run to nine games in all competitions.

At the moment, the gap to the bottom three is seven points, and though Fulham are winless in seven league games, they have drawn five of their last six games, so appear to be showing some signs of improvement.

Brighton & Hove Albion also won at the weekend, so Newcastle are being dragged into a relegation battle, and you would think something needs to change.

We hope they don’t wait too long to sack the manager, if the poor form continues, as they did during the 2015/16 season with Steve McClaren, when his successor Rafael Benitez could not save the Toon from relegation.

So, we hope that the hierarchy have learned their lesson from that, but it remains to be seen if they have or not.