In the latest video on his Youtube channel, Lee Ryder has stated that Newcastle United will be in a ‘desperate situation’ if they lose to Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday evening and that it could enforce big changes at the club.
It’s been a tough season for the St. James’ Park outfit, with just two wins in their last 17 top-flight fixtures heaping the pressure on Bruce.
A defeat on the south coast could have a huge impact upon Newcastle’s fate for the remainder of the campaign, and Ryder believes a 15th league loss of the season could spell the end for Bruce’s time in charge.
He said: (0:47) “If Newcastle lost, then it’s almost a desperate situation where with nine games to go, you know, the gamble of changing manager would have to be considered.
“You have to look at it that way. Newcastle have stuck with Steve Bruce throughout the season, they’ve got 28 points after 28 games, yes they’ve had problems, but, you know, they’ve had their time, they’ve spent their money, now it really is crunch time.
“This, without a doubt, in the heads of the supporters, Newcastle have to win this or they could be facing the drop.”
TIF Thoughts on Bruce…
Newcastle fans weren’t happy when Bruce was elected to replace the outgoing Rafael Benitez 18 months ago, and the former Birmingham City, Aston Villa and Hull City boss has done little to change their minds since.
The supporters have held protests against Mike Ashley and his choice of manager during Bruce’s tenure, and another defeat over the weekend could be the final straw.
A Brighton victory would leave the Magpies in an extremely delicate position at the bottom of the top-flight table, and Ashely may have no other choice but to opt for a new manager if he wants his team to maintain their Premier League status.