By Wayne Veysey

29th Sep, 2021 | 7:00am

Sources: Bruce tells friends he could quit Newcastle United

Steve Bruce has told friends he is feeling “lower than ever before” and has given thought for the first time to quitting Newcastle United, Football Insider can exclusively reveal.

The 60-year-old’s public stance is he won’t walk out on the job he craved for much of his managerial career, which he reiterated again earlier this month.

But a source with knowledge of Bruce’s situation has told Football Insider he is feeling “really down” and “lower than ever before” as the pressures of the job mount.

Bruce is tired of taking the brunt of the supporters’ anger and continued dissatisfaction at the ownership of Mike Ashley, who has failed to sell the club to a Saudi Arabia-backed consortium.

As the public face of the club, the manager believes he is taking all the flak from the fans and the media despite doing the job with one hand tied behind the back.

Ashley’s stance is that he has no intention of sacking Bruce while Newcastle are in the Premier League.

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Bruce was controversially appointed as Rafael Benitez’s replacement in July 2019.

He has twice overseen comfortable escapes from relegation despite one of the smaller transfer and wages budgets in the Premier League.

During the summer window the only signing was the £25million capture of Joe Willock from Arsenal.

Bruce’s critics on Tyneside have continued to mount and a winless start to the new top-flight campaign has increased the pressure further.

Newcastle have taken just three points from their opening six matches and hover one place about the relegation zone.

In other news, Bruce handed “massive” training ground boost as Newcastle United pictures emerge.