According to a claim made by Steve Gibson in The Chronicle, Bruce is ‘being rewarded by Mike Ashley for not kicking up a fuss when it comes to transfers and other demands such as the training ground,’ something which his predecessor Rafael Benitez did regularly.
Fans of the St. James’ Park outfit have held protests against both Bruce and Ashley in recent times, with the latest one coming after their humiliating 3-0 defeat at the hands of relegation rivals Brighton and Hove Albion last time out.
The result left the Magpies hovering above the relegation zone and facing a tough task to avoid the drop for the remainder of the campaign, and it’s clear this latest revelation has done nothing to ease the ill-feeling towards the former Hull City boss.
“That’s because he’s a YES man you love them type Mike”
“We are the laughing stock of the world of football right now can it get any worse”
“Bruce said he wasn’t Ashley’s puppet when he joined. Looks to me he’s being rewarded for not challenging Ashley’s neglectful (not to the extent of admin but enough to regress the club) ownership. Whereas “nothing more we could do” to keep Rafa… bar investment into his project!”
“SuperMac got it right Mexican stand off between manager who wants his BIG payday and an owner refusing to pay compensation It’s been obvious to all and sundry that Steve Bruce totally lost the dressing room in December The losers are the “non favoured” players and the fans”
“Cashley loves a yes man!”
Newcastle supporters have endured a torrid time under Ashley’s ownership, suffering relegation to the Championship in both 2008/09 and 2015/16, and it seems tensions are rising as the club hurtles towards the second tier of English football once again.