By Noel Whelan

20th Sep, 2021 | 12:00pm

Newcastle fans told by ex-striker to target 'poisonous' club chiefs after Saint-Maximin reveal

Noel Whelan has hailed Allan Saint-Maximin after he backed Newcastle boss Steve Bruce.

The former Leeds hitman, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, reacted to the winger’s recent comments.

After the game, Saint-Maximin told Sky Sports he “really loves” Bruce as his boss remained under fire from Toon fans.

Newcastle drew 1-1 with Leeds on Friday night as Saint-Maximin rescued a point for the Magpies.

There were several anti-Bruce chants during the game as Newcastle failed to win at the fifth attempt this season.

Bruce remains under pressure during his third season at St James’ Park and recently took aim at the local press after the club’s loss to Man United.

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Whelan insists Bruce isn’t the enemy at Newcastle and told the Toon Army to cut the boss some slack.

“Saint-Maximin said it the other night,” Whelan told Football Insider‘s Adam Williams.

“He loves Steve Bruce. He’s a good man and a good manager, He is very, very honest and he’s doing his best at the club.

“There are bigger, more poisonous people at the club than Bruce. He has the world on his shoulders.

“The squad won’t be changed, there is no money and he has injuries to deal with.

“I think the fans need to realise he isn’t the enemy here. He’s doing his best under very difficult conditions.”

Newcastle travel to Wolves and Watford before the next international break.

The club sit in the relegation zone after two draws and three losses this season.

In other news, Mills makes ‘big’ claim after confirmed update on Bruce’s Newcastle future.