It’s been a tough campaign for the Magpies, who suffered a serious post-Christmas slump which saw them win just two games in 18 at one stage of the season.
The St James’ Park outfit’s terrible run of form led to supporters protesting against Bruce and owner Mike Ashley, but a remarkable turnaround in recent weeks has eased the pressure on the 60-year-old boss.
With Newcastle’s Premier League status now looking more secure than ever, talk has turned to next season, and The Chronicle are reporting that players will already be back in pre-season training in less than eight weeks.
A start date of the 14th of August for the 2021/22 campaign means there’s a shorter turnaround caused by the knock-on effects of the pandemic, but the prospect of a third year under Bruce’s tutelage has evidently angered large sections of the fanbase.
“SB may be bold as brass but surely its time for him to tend the roses at the end of the season, before the fans are back in the stadium!”
“The most depressing statement in the history of NUFC “Bruce’s third season in charge.” #BruceOut #NUFCTakeover”
“Season ticket sales just nosedived.”
“If that statement doesn’t show how far this club has fallen nothing will. #BruceOut”
“Another year of negativity and no hope”
“Red rag to a bull for the majority of supporters who want Bruce out another exhilarating battle for 4th bottom and negative Bruce ball and zero tactics”