Date: 9th April 2021 at 10:30am
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United supporters have been reacting on Twitter after a post revealed details regarding a release fee included in Steve Bruce’ contract.

The former and Aston Villa boss has come under intense scrutiny throughout the current campaign as the Magpies continue to hover above the relegation zone.

A 2-2 draw last time out against Tottenham Hotspur means the St. James’ Park outfit have now won just twice in their last 20 Premier League outings and the let their frustrations be known a few weeks ago by holding another protest.

However, a recent report in The Chronicle has shed some light on why the 60-year-old may be so reluctant to resign despite Newcastle’s ongoing struggles.

The article claims Bruce’s release fee is ‘believed to be astronomical and sewn into his contract’, effectively meaning the club cannot afford to sack him due to the financial restraints they currently find themselves in, and it’s fair to say the news hasn’t gone down well with supporters:

“Honestly who is responsible for these contracts? You’d think they’d have learnt the lessons, especially hiring a bloke with one of if not the WORST records EVER in the league…”

@EastLondonMag

“If we get relegated that fee will still be there are you saying they will stick with Bruce and can you imagine the fans reaction and even if we stay up do you think fans will forget what had happened it will be toxic”

@GB4G

“Thanks yet again Ashley, brilliant appointment.”

@freebo27

“Shows you how stupid Ashley is 2 give him a deal like that”

@LifeGeordie4

“Our Club is literally run by clowns”

@ToonMouthTyne

“Yet ANOTHER example of MA’s NUFC being penny wise and pound foolish… If it wasn’t for the fans what is happening to NUFC would be genuinely amusing, they get exactly what they deserve.”

@EastLondonMag

Newcastle face Burnley in what could prove to be a pivotal clash over the weekend, and a precious three points would arguably go some way to justifying Bruce’s decision to stay on as .

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