Newcastle United manager

Steve Bruce is only piling the pressure on himself at Newcastle United by refusing to talk to the media, according to Alan Hutton.

The former Aston Villa and Scotland star, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, has admitted there seem to be serious issues arising both on and off the field at St James’ Park amid a poor run of form.

As confirmed by several journalists on Twitter, including the Shields Gazette’s Miles Starforth, the Newcastle boss did not take any questions from the written media at his pre-match press conference on Monday.

The Magpies were beaten 2-1 by Leeds United on Tuesday after being convincingly beaten 2-0 by Bruce’s old side Aston Villa last weekend.

Hutton insisted Bruce was simply allowing the pressure on himself and his players to rise by refusing to speak to journalists and that his squad showed a worrying lack of self-belief in the defeat to Villa.

Asked what he thought of his former manager snubbing the media, Hutton told Football Insider: “He’s definitely under pressure, there’s no two ways about and I think when you start going down that route and you’re not answering questions and you’re not taking press conferences and things like that, it just builds.

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“It just builds and builds and then what happens is you then get asked the same questions over and over again, instead of just fronting up and answering, basically.

“The fans don’t seem to be happy, there’s obviously a lot of pressure, he’s tried to change the formation and it’s not worked. I thought they were really poor against Aston Villa.

“Villa played well but there just didn’t seem to be any fight, any hunger, willingness to run, to harry and chase.

“They’ve got good players, they’ve got good attacking players but they just looked like they were beat before they even started and that is not a good look.”

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