A number of Newcastle United supporters have been debating which key figure at the club should take ultimate responsibility for the Magpies’ current on-field struggles, with mixed views on Steve Bruce and Mike Ashley.

The Magpies have not got off to the worst start to the season, having collected 11 points in the Premier League and reached the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup. However, they have just suffered back-to-back 2-0 defeats and there are growing issues which are starting to spell trouble ahead for Bruce’s side.

Newcastle have been one of the worst teams in the league so far this term statistically, having had the fewest goal attempts and the least amount of touches in their opponent’s penalty area in the Premier League. That has generated much criticism towards Bruce and leaves many supporters hoping for a change in the dugout, but Ashley retains full confidence in him at this stage, per The Telegraph.

There have also been issues of dressing room unrest doing the rounds, while Miguel Almiron has reportedly been considering his future at the club. Much could depend on the Magpies’ ownership situation, with the club now engaged in a legal battle with the Premier League. Short of that, though, they are in a tough situation.

Newcastle fans debate Steve Bruce-Mike Ashley question

Journalist George Caulkin posed the question on Twitter as to where the blame for Newcastle’s lowly 15th position primarily lies, with some feeling that it is a “tricky” one to answer.

Many Newcastle fans were keen to suggest that Ashley has entrusted Bruce with the responsibility of managing the team and therefore should take the blame for performances. Others believe that, having backed the manager, the onus falls on Bruce to start producing better displays.

Who do you think should take the most responsibility for Newcastle's on field situation?

Steve Bruce

Mike Ashley