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MetiNews.Com - Steve Bruce is facing scrutiny after a horrible run of form but what will Mike Ashley do?

North East UK news A hope of a Newcastle United takeover may just force Mike Ashley to act MetiNews.Com

MetiNews.Com - Steve Bruce is facing scrutiny after a horrible run of form but what will Mike Ashley do?

North East UK news  A hope of a Newcastle United takeover may just force Mike Ashley to act  MetiNews.Com
13 January 2021 - 20:17

Breaking News ! History has shown that Mike Ashley doesn't tend to sack managers when a bad run of form comes around and when he does, it tends to be a little too late. Joe Kinnear was only forced from the dugout due to illness in February 2008 with Newcastle, although 13th in the table, struggling to pick up victories and in the end, they were relegated under Alan Shearer's management. Fast forward to Feb 2016 and justified calls were being made for Steve McClaren to be shown the door having only joined in the previous summer but with Newcastle in and out of the drop zone - a 5-1 defeat to Chelsea should have been the end for the former England boss but he was afforded two more games - both he lost - before he was sacked. In the end, those extra two games plus a warm winter training camp break arguably cost United their Premier League status - Rafa Benitez unable to save them from the drop. Five years later, and it's deja vu. The Magpies' season has fallen apart, the team isn't performing and more worryingly the lucky results Bruce's side were picking up to stave off relegation are no longer coming. Things are a mess and yet with an eight-point cushion on the relegation zone Ashley is unlikely to listen to fan anger and part with his 10th man in the dugout. But there's an added element to this saga, one that may or not come off in the way Newcastle fans hope - that, of course, is the Newcastle United takeover. The consortium of the Saudi sovereign wealth fund PIF, Amanda Staveley and the Reuben Brothers remain interested in buying the club and will be looking on the situation with interest - it is believed a United in the Championship is not something that would appeal. But even if it did, Ashley certainly would not get close to the £340 million he is after for the club - and that for some that is where the major difference lies between the delayed reaction to sacking managers and the current day situation. Listen to the full episode of The Everything is Black and White Podcast "They need their Premier League status," our chief sports writer Lee Ryder told The Everything is Black and White Podcast. "If the current owner stays they need that money [that comes with it] and if he doesn't stay and new owners come in, they'll be wanting to buy a Premier League club.

. "At the end of the day, from Steve Bruce's point of view, he's gone through every reason and excuse in the book and sadly there is that sinking feeling at the moment. "They've got Arsenal next, that's one where it already feels like a home win, then there's Leeds - so when do you draw the line? When do you decide this is not going in the right direction for Newcastle United? "Mike Ashley has to think about 'if I want to sell this club and get the money that I agreed in the summer, it has to be a Premier League club.'" Read More Related Articles If Mike Ashley is to stick with Steve Bruce then he must back him and fix the midfield weaknesses Read More Related Articles Premier League met with the government twice over Newcastle United takeover The pressure from fans is growing on Bruce as his side struggle to score goals, and the fact their last win came on December 12, seven games ago. And with performances of late arguably worthy of the haul of points collected, Ryder adds that other managers would have lost their job by now. "Mike Ashley is in charge of the club and has to make sure it is looked after properly," he says. "He has made changes in the past, and he can't sit there after this result and say that this is all going well. "He does like Steve Bruce and they get on very well - there's no grief about transfer funds or building academies, so he may have some credit in the bank. "I do wonder if things don't go well in the next two games, do the pair come to an agreement and say it hasn't worked and they part on a mutual agreement - I don't know because we can't get to the people at the very top to ask that question. "But at the moment they don't know, they'll be scratching their heads and wondering what they do next. "If they got rid of Steve Bruce they'd have to pay him a lot of money to go and that isn't exactly flowing around the club at the moment. "But based on results other managers would have walked at this stage, and for Steve Bruce, he has to try and continue to conjure the team but we are standing here to wondering where the next win is coming from."

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North East UK news A hope of a Newcastle United takeover may just force Mike Ashley to act MetiNews.Com


North East UK news A hope of a Newcastle United takeover may just force Mike Ashley to act MetiNews.Com


North East UK news A hope of a Newcastle United takeover may just force Mike Ashley to act MetiNews.Com


North East UK news A hope of a Newcastle United takeover may just force Mike Ashley to act MetiNews.Com

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