By Frank McAvennie

1st Oct, 2021 | 9:30am

Pundit 'surprised to hear' Bruce could quit Newcastle after source reveal

Frank McAvennie insists Steve Bruce won’t walk away from Newcastle United amid mounting criticism.

The former West Ham hitman, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, reacted to the latest on the Magpies boss.

Football Insider revealed Bruce has told friends he is feeling “lower than ever before” and a Newcastle source has revealed he has given thought for the first time to walking away from the job.

The 60-year-old’s public stance is he won’t walk out on the job he craved for much of his managerial career.

However, a source with knowledge of Bruce’s situation has told Football Insider he is feeling “really down” amid mounting criticism from Toon fans.

Newcastle are yet to win in any competition this season and Bruce regularly faces calls for his head from the Toon Army.

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Despite this, McAvennie claims Bruce will stay at the club despite the “tough situation”.

“Listen, he’s not going to quit, no chance, I’m surprised to hear that” McAvennie told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.

“We know about all the arguments in the training ground. That’s not a sign, for me, that he’s on the way out.

“The club have no intention of sacking him while Newcastle are safe, that’s clear.

“It’s a gamble, but it usually pays off. There’s meant to be so many millions in it if he gets sacked.

“I can’t see him resigning when that’s on the line. Not that I would question his integrity.

“Whatever you think of him, he’s in a tough situation. The fans don’t like him, he’s not been backed and the players are all fighting.

“I wouldn’t blame him if he did walk.”

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