Paul Robinson is disgusted by the prospect of Newcastle United players demanding face-to-face talks with Lee Charnley over Steve Bruce’s future.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Spurs and Leeds United goalkeeper said he never saw “anything like that” in his 20-year professional career.

Sky Sports reported on Monday that Bruce retains the backing of owner Mike Ashley despite a 3-0 defeat at Brighton on Saturday.

Football Insider revealed that several first-team players are shocked by the club’s stance and have discussed going direct to managing director Lee Charnley on the matter.

Robinson insisted it is not in the players’ interest to discuss such affairs with the club’s hierarchy.

“It has got nothing to do with the players,” he told Football Insider.

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“Steve Bruce is employed by the football club to manage the players and the players are employed by the club to perform on the pitch.

“I do not want players to start thinking they need to speak to chairmans or directors, it’s wrong. I do not like it. They are paid to play football and nothing else.

“The decision is made by those in charge of the club. If there is a problem with Bruce, it needs to come from the chairman or the board.

“It is not in the player’s interests to speak to Charnley or to start a revolt against Bruce.

“Not in any of my years in football have I seen anything like that or thought about doing anything like that. Even when I disliked the manager I played for, I never dreamt of going to a chairman to ask for him to be sacked.” 

In other news, a top pundit is adamant ‘exceptional’ Darlow will quit Newcastle United this summer regardless of relegation.