Danny Mills has claimed that Steve Bruce was “ignoring” the Newcastle United players and treating them like children after cancelling training following the defeat to Leicester City.

The former Manchester City and England defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says that the Newcastle manager will have been trying to get a reaction out of his players after the 5-0 thrashing by the Foxes.

The Guardian report that Bruce called off the Magpies’ training session on Monday after being left furious with what he saw at the King Power Stadium, with behind-the-scenes discussions over what went wrong scheduled for later in the week.

Mills says that Bruce may have felt that ranting and raving would not have garnered the right response from the players at St James’ Park and that giving them time away from the training ground will have got them thinking about their performance.

Mills told Football Insider: “Sometimes you’re trying to find any which way you can to find a reaction. Shouting and screaming isn’t always the best way.

“It’s effectively ignoring somebody, isn’t it? Like the parents saying to the child: ‘I’m disappointed in you. I’m disappointed in you, go and think about your behaviour.’

“Maybe that might work and if that works, then great. He’s clearly trying everything he can to try and get a performance out of them. It’s one of those performances where Steve Bruce has to come in and say: ‘Write it off, we forget that performance, it happened, it’s gone, we move forward.'”

Defeat to Leicester leaves Newcastle in the relegation zone after seven games, with a home tie against Manchester United their last fixture before the international break.

The Red Devils head into Sunday’s clash off the back of a 1-1 draw against Arsenal, with the same fixture last season ending in a 2-0 win for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men.

In other Newcastle United news, Darren Bent has told Football Insider he is fuming with one senior star’s “horrible situation”.