By Kevin Campbell

13th Jan, 2021 | 7:00pm

Newcastle Exclusive: Campbell drops bold Bruce verdict after shock development

Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce is under growing pressure at St. James’ Park – but Mike Ashley should stand by him for now.

That is the view of former Arsenal and Everton striker Kevin Campbell, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the 60-year-old’s future following a shock defeat at Sheffield United last night.

The Magpies lost 1-0 at Bramall Lane to become the first team beaten by the Blades in the Premier League this season.

There is significant pressure from fans and the press for Steve Bruce’s position at the club to be reviewed, following a poor run of results over the festive period.

However, while Campbell admitted that some of Newcastle’s performances this season have been “awful”, he believes it is too soon to sack the Englishman.

“Newcastle need to cut their cloth accordingly,” he told Football Insider.

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“They are doing OK in the Premier League.

“The thing is, you just do not know which team is going to turn up. They have that Jekyll and Hyde in them. One day they can be good and the next they can be awful.

“We have see Everton be like that at times this season. Look where they are in the table.

“It can happen and it does happen but the pressure is building on Steve Bruce – Newcastle are a big, big club. I would give him the benefit of the doubt at the moment because they do not have a great squad.

“Can Steve Bruce move and shake in the window? I am sure he would want to strengthen.”

In other news, a big update on Newcastle United bid to sign Fikayo Tomori this month is revealed.