Darren Bent has revealed his alarm at what he saw from Newcastle United both on and off the pitch in their 5-0 thrashing against Leicester City on Sunday.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Sunderland and England striker admitted he felt sorry for the Magpies at the King Power Stadium as they collapsed to defeat, midfielder Isaac Hayden sent off in the first-half.

Bruce was reported to have cancelled training on Monday in the wake of the embarrassing result at the hands of the Foxes, a result which leaves the club languishing in the bottom three of the table.

Bent says it was not only what happened on the pitch which concerned him, highlighting the fact Newcastle’s coaching staff looked bereft of ideas against Brendan Rodgers’ men.

Bent told Football Insider: “I honestly don’t know what Newcastle are going to do. Watching the game on the TV I half felt sorry. I felt like there were no leaders on the pitch, no characters.

“I felt Steve Bruce’s coaching staff on the side of the pitch didn’t know what to do and it was quite a sorry state of affairs because I never thought Leicester would find it as easy as they did. There were no tackles, no urgency.

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“In other words, that was not a Steve Bruce team that I’m used to seeing.”

Speaking after the game, Bruce described the Magpies’ defeat as the worst experience of his coaching career and said that it was a “surrender” from his players.

The north east side will be hoping they can lift their game when Manchester United visit St James’ Park this weekend, the Red Devils coming off the back of a drab 1-1 draw against Arsenal on Monday evening.

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