By Paul Robinson

16th Sep, 2021 | 5:00pm

Pundit issues Newcastle warning after Athletic update on Bruce being sacked

Paul Robinson fears a change of management would not bring a change in direction at Newcastle United.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Tottenham and England goalkeeper said a lack of ambition at board room level is to blame for the Magpies dismal start to the season.

Bruce’s position on Tyneside is under intense scrutiny following three losses and a draw in the opening four games of the 2021-22 campaign.

The Athletic revealed (11th September) that “some within the club weren’t impressed” with Bruce taking part of the international break off.

The 60-year-old has also had a war of words with the Chronicle in the aftermath of Saturday’s 4-1 loss at Manchester United.

When asked by Football Insider if Bruce was on increasingly thin ice, Robinson said: “It is a poisoned chalice at Newcastle.

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“Willock was a big signing for them but he really wasn’t backed in the transfer market. He has not been backed at all since he’s been there.

“If Steve Bruce goes, who comes in? What changes? I don’t think the manager is the real problem there.

“I think the problem is the infrastructure of the club and the investment in the side. The money that has gone into that side over the last three, four, five transfer windows has not been enough.

“The manager and the style of play gets criticised but Steve Bruce has only been tasked with keeping Newcastle in the Premier League which he is doing.

“The lack of ambition does not come from the manager, it comes from those above him. The remit for him is to stay in the Premier League.

“If Bruce is sacked and another manager comes in I think it would largely be more of the same.”

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