Liam Kennedy has been speaking on the latest edition of NUFC Matters with Steve Wraith about all things relating to Newcastle United.
One of the topics that he spent some time on was the atmosphere in the dressing room at the club at the moment.
Newcastle have won two games since 12th December, and it seems as if there are problems in the dressing room with Ciaran Clark admitting that the Toon “weren’t up for it” against Brighton & Hove Albion.
Several players also requested a meeting with Lee Charnley after they heard about Steve Bruce remaining as manager.
Kennedy decided to use some time to detail what he has heard from the dressing room.
He said: “There are some strong characters in that squad. I know a lot of people out there say ‘you don’t see it’ and whatever. There are some strong characters in there, and they are fighting against this.
“There’s only so much you can do. There’s literally only so much that can be done.
“The problem is if things suddenly go badly, then they fall apart, they crumble.
“I believe that there are conversations going on, in and around the football club, but I don’t believe any of them, at the moment, are conversations that will see Steve Bruce ousted from his position and Graeme Jones brought in; I just don’t, it’s not what I’m hearing.
“I know that’s not what fans want to hear.”
Do you think there are problems in the dressing room?
No, everything will be fine
TIF Thoughts on the Toon’s dressing room…
There are clearly some very unhappy players with the current situation because journalist Craig Hope has now had a few stories leaked to him from a dressing room source.
The latest of these confirmed that Bruce was giving his players six days off before they face Tottenham Hotspur after the international break, which seems ridiculous given the situation they find themselves in.
It follows on from a claim that some players were unhappy at the number of days off they were having.
So, there are clearly some issues, and judging by what Kennedy said, conversations are going on – but not about Bruce’s future, so we will be interested to see what comes from these conversations.