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Newcastle United: Simon Jordan makes worrying claim about Steve Bruce

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TalkSport pundit Simon Jordan has spoken about Steve Bruce’s future following Newcastle United’s recent defeat in the Premier League.

Following the club’s takeover at the hands of the Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund, one of the biggest stories on Tyneside surrounded what would become of incumbent manager Bruce. There were reports circulating that a change in the dugout could have happened before their game against Tottenham Hotspur, although that never came to fruition.

Newcastle lost that game and towards the end of it, Toon fans reportedly made their feelings known towards the manager by chanting, ‘We want Bruce out’.

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Speaking about Bruce on TalkSport, Jordan seemed to suggest that for the good of the club, they needed to make a change as soon as possible because he doesn’t seem to have control over the players:

“You go to the narrative of what do you do next? People can make all these sly digs about ‘there’s eight million reasons why Steve Bruce is staying there’. But there is very little point of Steve staying there. The players need a different voice.

“Steve sat there after the game – and I don’t feel sorry for people, sentiment doesn’t have a place in football – but that’s a dead man walking. The players know it. For the sake of the players, you need somebody else in there.”

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Jordan is right in that the club need to make a change as soon as possible, even if it is just someone to give them the perceived ‘new manager bounce’ on a temporary basis.

Newcastle’s form this season, having not won a single game so far, doesn’t exactly lend itself to the idea that Bruce can get them out of trouble. There is clearly something not right at St. James’ Park at the moment, and with the club’s new owners speaking of their ambitious plans, it’s obvious that Bruce won’t be the man to take them forward.

And the longer they drag this out, the worse position they are going to find themselves in when they do look to appoint a new manager – by which time, it might be too late to get them out of trouble, and the Newcastle United project will end up suffering a major setback.

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