By Paddy Kenny

14th Oct, 2021 | 5:00pm

Pundit slates 'horrible' Newcastle after update from Waugh

Paddy Kenny has urged the Newcastle United board to sack Steve Bruce immediately if he is not going to be their long-term manager.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Premier League goalkeeper admitted he feels for the 60-year-old and claimed he should have left at the end of last season.

As reported by The Athletic’s Chris Waugh, Bruce will be facing the media for the pre-match press conference on Friday afternoon.

That is arguably the biggest hint the former Sunderland boss will still be in charge for Sunday’s home game against Tottenham.

As revealed by Football Insider (12th October), Newcastle are stepping up their plans to replace Bruce, with a three-man shortlist in place.

However, Kenny suggested the current incumbent should have already been relieved of his duties.

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Listen, I think it’s a horrible situation for Steve Bruce,” Kenny told Football Insider’s Russell Edge.

“Deep down we all know he’s going to end up getting pushed and the new manager is going to come in.

“For me, it’s one of them, if you know 100 per cent he’s not going to be there then listen, let him go. Then you can speak to other managers.

“It’s a horrible one for Steve. I feel really sorry for him because I think when he had all his players fit at the back end of last season, they did really well.

“For me, if I’d have been him, I think he should have gone then.

“He had done his job, he was fighting an uphill battle. It’s a tough one for him and I feel sorry for him.”

In other news, Newcastle United expected to complete signing of 28-year-old from Premier League rivals with “agreement” in place.