Newcastle fans have been issued the latest update on the future of Steve Bruce as fears of a relegation threat begin to grow on Tyneside.

According to The Chronicle, Newcastle owner Mike Ashley is prepared to offer Steve Bruce more time to turn his side’s form around before pulling the trigger on Bruce’s stint at St James’ Park.

Despite the Magpies slipping to fourth from bottom and losing yet again to Chelsea on Monday night, the Newcastle hierarchy is in no rush to sack Bruce.

Ashley, who is currently not residing in the UK, is content to see how the impact of Graeme Jones’ tenure with Bruce pans out and appears settled that future success is around the corner on Tyneside.

Newcastle fans may be keeping one eye on results elsewhere, desperate to see teams such as Fulham immediately below them remain in a struggle to pick up points.

Recent wins over Everton and Southampton have reportedly offered encouragement to those at boardroom level at St James’ Park and represent a strong bundle of points that could sustain the Magpies over the coming weeks.

Bruce will remain in the dugout at Old Trafford in the Magpies’ next fixture and there is no indication he will be shown the exit door when Bruce’s side host Wolves.

Unfortunate injuries to Javier Manquillo, Fabian Schar and Callum Wilson have also drawn sympathy – merely days after the transfer window came to a close.

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By now, it is evident that Bruce is a much-maligned figure and Newcastle fans will be desperate to see the back of him.

It is somewhat understandable why patience is being shown, but the success of rival clubs could soon turn complacency into furore.