It has been an interesting international break for Newcastle United.
Not because of the World Cup qualifiers, but because of the future of Steve Bruce.
Despite losing 3-0 to Brighton more than a week ago, the manager has held on to his job.
It seemed for all the world that he would be sacked in the aftermath of the Brighton game, with some players even thinking he’d been relieved of his duties.
But Bruce has lived to fight another day, and the Telegraph have yet again reported that he is going nowhere. That’s despite a poll in the Chronicle resulting in 95% of fans wanting a change of manager.
However, the only person whose opinion matters is Mike Ashley, and he’s sticking with Bruce.
After the Brighton loss, you would expect the training ground to be a grim place to be. The mood would be low, having to dwell on an embarrassing defeat for two weeks.
However, according to the Telegraph, that isn’t the case.
They report that the mood inside the training ground is ‘upbeat and determined’.
This is definitely positive, as we can’t have players merely accepting their fate. However, this mood needs to go from the training ground to the pitch.
As well as a positive mood inside the camp, players have also reportedly been told to stay off social media. That’s probably a good idea, as they would just be drowning in a sea of fans tweeting #BruceOut.
While the noise on social media is extremely toxic right now, the players shouldn’t be living in ignorance.
They have to know how desperate the situation is, and accept that it is up to them to fix it. There won’t be a change of manager, so it is down to the players to pull their sleeves up and get us out of this mess.
Can they do it? That’s the £305million question.