A number of Newcastle United fans have been reacting to reports that the Magpies hierarchy retains full confidence in Steve Bruce despite growing frustration from many supporters.

Bruce has been a controversial figure in the Newcastle dugout of late, with some pundits having leapt to his defence over the last few weeks and pointing out that he guided them to a mid-table finish last term and has managed to pick up 11 points so far this season.

However, a lot of Newcastle fans have been more concerned with the lack of quality in performances rather than the actual results, while the Magpies have now suffered back-to-back 2-0 defeats against Southampton and Chelsea. A statistic emerged over the weekend that they have now recorded the fewest shots, touches in the box and passes into the final third of any team in the current Premier League campaign.

That has seen a lot of Newcastle supporters become vocal about the potential need for a change in direction in the managerial department. However, that seems unlikely given the latest update on his potential future, with Mike Ashley retaining full faith in him despite growing criticism, per The Telegraph.

Newcastle fans react to latest report on Bruce

Many Newcastle fans were bemoaning the fact that the Magpies’ hierarchy are content with Bruce despite the legitimate criticism over the style of play, while others pointed out the comparisons with the backing that Steve McClaren was given during his disastrous spell in charge.

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