Newcastle boss Steve Bruce knows what to do to avoid Magpies sack thanks to Mike Ashley

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Newcastle boss Steve Bruce knows what to do to avoid Magpies sack thanks to Mike Ashley

A trip to Goodison Park to face Everton follows while high-flying Southampton and title hopefuls Chelsea and Manchester United are among the oppone

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A trip to Goodison Park to face Everton follows while high-flying Southampton and title hopefuls Chelsea and Manchester United are among the opponents in February.

And Newcastle must improve their results if 60-year-old Englishman Bruce is to avoid an increase in pressure, but the boss is determined to tackle the task head on at St James’ Park.

“I’ll never ever walk away from a challenge,” he told Sky Sports after the loss to Sheffield United.

“I’ve been in it long enough to have that respect, but I understand – especially watching the first half – we weren’t good enough and I take the responsibility for that, because I picked the team.

“We’ve been trying something different because over the last few weeks we’ve struggled going forward, so my thoughts were to get Ryan, someone fresh, and Sean higher up the pitch where he could be a goal threat. Unfortunately that didn’t happen.

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“I think we’ve had, apart from the last month which we knew would be difficult with the run of fixtures we’ve had, we’ve given ourselves a decent start to the season.”

Should Newcastle become involved in a relegation dogfight then things could change but for now Bruce is under no major risk in the hotseat despite the team’s dire recent run.



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