Newcastle manager Steve Bruce is confident in being the right man for the job following his side’s thumping 3-0 loss to Brighton in a crucial fight to avoid relegation.
have only won two of their last 17 games and the club has been suggested to change their manager
by a group of supporters.
Leandro Trossard has scored the opener forBrighton
and Danny Welbeck went on to secure their lead early in the second half. Neal Maupay’s strike has sealed the three points for the Seagulls.
When quizzed if staying in charge at St James’ Park is wise, Bruce said:
“Well I believe that, I’ve been around the block a long time. That experience, (I’ve been) trying to draw on it over the last few weeks in particular.
“So as I’ve said I’m not the type to just walk away from a bad defeat, but you’re going to have to ask others.”
Toon For Change
’ supporter group stated:
“This evening’s result has presented Mike Ashley and the club’s management with an opportunity to justifiably sack an underachieving coach captaining a sinking ship that is heading straight for the Championship.
“If history has taught Ashley one thing, it’s that acting too late in these circumstances results in one thing, relegation.
“We implore the club to remove Bruce as coach immediately and appoint an ambitious manager ahead of the international break, who has the capability of keeping Newcastle United in the Premier League.
“There is still hope for the club this season, but we’re running out of time. We need a decisive, brave decision – and we need it tonight.”
About his place as a manager, he added:
“As I’ve always said that’s for other people to answer. The one thing that I won’t ever do is give up on anything because we’ve had a bad defeat.
“We’ve been OK I believe, we haven’t been sensational for the last few weeks but tonight we have to accept and I have to accept the criticism that’s going to come our way and the fallout from it because we were simply nowhere near good enough on a big occasion.
“In a big game we simply haven’t done enough and of course the buck stops with me, it always does and that I have no problems (with), but of course because of the way we’ve played tonight I fully understand the frustration and the disappointment with everybody and rightly so.”
Brighton are sitting six points above the relegation zone after their victory.
“I thought they were fantastic, really good quality, good personality on the pitch, good reactions when they lost the ball, good understanding of what we’re trying to do.
“So a good performance and a deserved three points, even though I think we still have to – as I said earlier – survive when they hit the post, but I thought over the 90 minutes we were the better team and deserved to win.”