Frank McAvennie is appalled at the prospect of Newcastle United players demanding face-to-face talks with managing director Lee Charnley over Steve Bruce’s future.

The former West Ham and Celtic striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, said player power is “ridiculous these days” and suggested Charnley would react angrily to such an approach.

Football Insider revealed several first-team players are shocked Bruce hasn’t been dismissed and have discussed going direct to Charnley on the matter.

The Athletic‘s Chris Waugh revealed that Charnley was at the Magpies’ training ground yesterday as players and coaches returned after two days off.

McAvennie insisted it is not in the players’ interest to discuss such affairs with the club.

“Players are ridiculous these days, they have so much power,” he told Football Insider.

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“I am all for the players getting all the money but not the power.

“Just because they do not like a manager, they cannot try to get him out.

“I played under a lot of managers I did not like but when I played, I gave everything. It’s not just about playing for the manager. You cannot go and say that you want him out. Go out on the pitch, try your best until the end of the season and if you do not like it, move. That is how you do it.

“If I was Lee Charnley, and players came and asked for Bruce to be sacked I would say, ‘Who do you think you’re talking to? Out.” I would tell Stevie to leave them out of the team.

“The chairmen are who brought Bruce in, so if you are saying he is hopeless, you are basically saying the chairmen are hopeless as well. I do not get it. ‘I am telling my mum on you.’ It is one of them.” 

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