On March 5th 2016, Newcastle United lost 3-1 to newly-promoted Bournemouth.

It was a grim afternoon at St James’ Park, where the world appeared to crumble around manager Steve McClaren.

The Magpies were 2-0 down after 70 minutes, with an already angry crowd completely turning on the former England boss.

There were chants of ‘you’re getting sacked in the morning’, while plenty of supporters just walked out.

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It was a rotten performance that created a toxic atmosphere inside St James’ Park.

Even a goal from Ayoze Perez failed to inspire the crowd. Some didn’t even celebrate.

When the full-time whistle sounded, it felt like the end. There was no way back for McClaren.

And there wasn’t. This was to be his final game in charge, and he was replaced by Rafa Benitez eight days later.

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Will this be the scene tonight if Newcastle lose to Leeds?

St James’ Park wasn’t pretty during our last home game, a 2-2 draw with Southampton.

 

The Toon Army were not happy, aiming chants at the manager and calling for him to leave.

As soon as a pass goes awry or Leeds burst through on goal, fans could turn. That’s all it could take tonight. Newcastle fans are at the end of their tether with Bruce.

Some were last season, but didn’t get the chance to voice their displeasure.

While the atmosphere might be just as toxic as it was in 2016, the end result might not be the same.

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Back then Mike Ashley gambled late on with a change of manager to try and save the season. It didn’t work.

This time around, it’s still very early in the campaign. Ashley is looking after the pennies, and won’t want to give Bruce his pay out. Alternatively, is Bruce going to leave himself and miss out on compensation?

A win tonight won’t fix things, but it might help Bruce avoid the end of days treatment that McClaren got five years ago.

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