Danny Mills has warned Newcastle United chiefs to not allow the players to dictate the future of Steve Bruce.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-England and Leeds United full-back insisted the squad should not be given “ultimate control” of the club.
Football Insider revealed last weekend the squad had debated demanding face-to-face talks with director Lee Charnley amid “shock” after the club backed Bruce.
Newcastle lost a key relegation six-pointer with Brighton & Hove Albion 3-0 last weekend leaving them teetering on the edge.
With just two wins in their last 20 Premier League games, the Magpies are one point above the bottom three.
Asked whether squad discussions about the manager’s future were regular in dressing rooms, Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “No, and it shouldn’t go on.
“Once you start getting the players involved in a managerial decision you’re on a hiding to nothing.
“The manager runs the football club. End of. Simple as that.
“That’s only ever going to cause you problems. Once it happens once, the players are going to think they have ultimate control. It’s now all theirs and they think they can dictate what they want and when.
“You cannot have that whatever you think of the manager, whatever you think of the scenario, it cannot happen. It’s not the way to go.”
Sky Sports reported after the loss at the Amex that Bruce had the full backing of unpopular owner Mike Ashley.
Ashley is sticking by the 60-year-old because of his loyalty and passion for the club.