Today, Newcastle United went on the road to try and upset Manchester United. The Magpies played a solid first 45 minutes at Old Trafford, but the second half got away from them as the scoreline finished 3-1 in favor of Man Utd.
That defeat marks the 10th in the last 14 Premier League matches for Newcastle. The club sits in 17th with three points between them and the final relegation position. Also, 18th-place Fulham carry the better goal differential between the two clubs as relegation alarms ring out around Tyneside.
While the decision should have been made long ago, Mike Ashley and Co. must finally sack Steve Bruce. He’s a nice guy and took a job that others didn’t seem to pursue, but he is way out of his depth and isn’t the manager that can save the Magpies. The image of him walking off the pitch smiling and chatting with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should be the final image we see of Brucey as Newcastle boss.
After the match today, NBC analysts and former Premier League players Tim Howard and Danny Higginbotham both picked Fulham to survive this season ahead of Newcastle. They both expressed major concern for Newcastle’s outlook down the stretch. In his post-match comments, Bruce said he’s convinced the club will survive and that his team is still adjusting after playing ultra-defensively earlier this season.
With 10 losses in 14 EPL matches, Steve Bruce must be sacked at Newcastle.
The club is now beyond a brutal stretch of matches that saw them face Everton, Arsenal, Chelsea, and Man Utd within a few weeks. They need to hand Bruce his walking papers and allow either Graeme Jones or another manager to step in with some winnable matches coming up.
Jones has helped try to guide towards better tactics and more consistent results since his arrival. If Ashley and the Newcastle board want this club to stay in the top flight, they must fire Bruce today or tomorrow and try to rescue this season.