Noel Whelan has tipped Newcastle United to sack Steve Bruce this summer regardless of how the season ends.
The former Leeds United striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted there was no coming back for the 60-year-old after a campaign fraught with controversy.
Bruce has no intention of walking away from St James’ Park and the club have briefed the media his job is safe at present.
The club’s decision comes amid growing discontent both among the fanbase and the dressing room.
Bruce admitted there had been a bust-up between himself and Matt Ritchie on the training ground last month.
With so much turmoil surrounding the club, Whelan insisted he could not see Bruce sticking around.
Asked if he saw Newcastle getting rid of Bruce regardless of how their season ends, Whelan told Football Insider: “Yeah, absolutely. It started off very well, he was doing a great job but I think he’s lost faith in the players.
“I think he’s lost the dressing room and I don’t think he’s done a good enough job. We can go on for hours talking about injuries, players, loss of players – it’s down to the manager to get the best out of these players.
“Whether you’re losing superstars or your front three, you’ve got to be the one that turns these players into world beaters on days by giving them the confidence. Give them that confidence, set out their jobs and what they need to do.
“To me all that’s happened is you see a lot of negativity in and around the place towards players, players towards manager. Now, to me, once that happens, that is a killer and a straight sign that this manager can’t be at this football club.
“He’s got to go because when you lose the players, you lose that faith in players and you start arguing and calling out players, that’s desperate. That’s desperate in my opinion.
“I can’t see him being there whether they stay up on not. That change has got to be made.
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