By Ben Wild

24th Mar, 2021 | 1:00pm

Newcastle star tells friends: I've never seen a club and dressing room fall apart like this - Sources

One Newcastle United star has told friends he’s never seen a football club and dressing room fall apart like the north-east giants have in the last few days, Football Insider can reveal.

Players have openly expressed concerns that Steve Bruce may still be in charge of the club even if Newcastle are in the Championship next season.

Some are wondering what it will take for him to get sacked by owner Mike Ashley following a run of two wins in 20 games.

A Newcastle source has told Football Insider that one experienced international has confided he has never seen anything comparable to the meltdown at the club’s Darsley Park headquarters in recent days.

Some players have lost all confidence in Bruce and his continuing reign is the driving force behind much of the ill feeling.

Football Insider revealed that a number of first-team players expected Bruce to be sacked after Saturday’s embarrassing loss to Brighton.

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The club’s decision to publicly back Bruce has some members of the dressing room fuming behind the scenes.

The Daily Mail claims that Bruce has scheduled even more days off for Newcastle despite the club hurtling towards the relegation zone and several players can’t believe the actions of their manager.

There has even been a suggestion from some players that Bruce is actively trying to get sacked by Mike Ashley so he can receive his rumoured £4million compensation fee. [The Times]

Moreover, this site revealed on Tuesday that one international has told his agent to find him a new club amid the fallout from the loss to Brighton. 

Newcastle are a club in crisis as the Magpies face the prospect of a third relegation under Ashley in the face.

The Toon could be boosted by the return of Callum Wilson and Allan Saint-Maximin after the international break as they look to save their ailing season.

In other news, a top pundit is absolutely stunned by what he’s hearing behind the scenes at Newcastle United.