Kevin Phillips insisted it would be “a travesty” if Steve Bruce was sacked after the Newcastle United takeover goes through.

The former England international, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, claimed it would “send out the wrong message” for potential incoming owners to sack the 59-year-old if he was to achieve such a feat with the Magpies.

Steve Bruce’s side thrashed a lacklustre Bournemouth 4-1 last night thanks to goals from Dwight Gayle, Sean Longstaff, Miguel Almiron and Valentino Lazaro.

 

The win lifts Newcastle up to 13th and just three points off of ninth placed Burnley with six games to play in the Premier League.

When asked by Football Insider if finishing in the top half of the table would guarantee Bruce job security this summer, Phillips said: “From my view point of view, it should, but no one is un-sackable.

“I have backed him and said he has done a fantastic job at Newcastle.

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“It would be a travesty if they finish in the top-10 and he ends up losing his job in the summer. I would be gutted.

“It is a tough one because new owners will come in and want to do things their own way.

“However, it would be sending the wrong message to a lot of people if he was to be sacked.

“He has done a great job so give the money to him to spend, bring some players in and have a go next season.”

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