Steve Bruce now leads the Premier League sack race
He insisted he remains the ideal male for the task after bad night at the Emirates
Under-pressure Steve Bruce now leads the Premier League sack race following Newcastle United’s 3-0 loss at Arsenal on Monday night.
Newcastle have not won a match because December 12 and have actually lost 7 of their last nine in all competitions while scoring just one objective in 11-and-a-half hours of football.
And the bookies now expect Bruce to be the next top-flight supervisor to get the boot, with Betfair providing chances of 6/5.
Steve Bruce now leads the Premier League sack race in the wake of Newcastle’s loss at Arsenal
Newcastle have actually now gone 9 matches without a win following their 3-0 loss at the Emirates
That has shortened substantially from a price of 20/1 a month back, 5/1 a week ago and 5/2 even 3 days ago as Bruce moves ahead of Sheffield United’s Chris Wilder in the sack race.
Another demoralising performance saw Arsenal easily beat Newcastle on Monday night thanks to 2 goals from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang either side of Bukayo Saka’s strike.
It came after Newcastle became the first string beat by Sheffield United in the league this season, when they lost 1-0 at Bramall lane last Tuesday.
They also exited the FA Cup to Arsenal the previous weekend, albeit putting up far more of a fight in a 2-0 loss after extra time after squandering great chances.
Newcastle also left the Carabao Cup to Championship club Brentford just before Christmas.
Bruce has now moved ahead of Sheffield United’s Chris Wilder as the most likely to be sacked
Newcastle forward Joelinton reviews another dreadful performance as they lost at Arsenal
The defeat leaves Newcastle sitting 15th in the table, seven points above the transfer zone
Sack race odds
Steve Bruce: 6/5
Chris Wilder: 21/10
Frank Lampard: 7/2
Roy Hodgson: 9/1
Nuno Espirito Santo: 9/1
Mikel Arteta: 10/1
Graham Potter: 14/1
Sam Allardyce: 20/1
Scott Parker: 20/1
Sean Dyche: 20/1
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: 33/1
Thanks to Betfair
In spite of their latest obstacle increasing the chances of his sacking, Bruce insisted he is ‘100 percent’ the male to keep Newcastle in the Premier League. They sit 15th, seven points above the transfer zone.
Asked if he stayed the ideal male for the task, Bruce stated: ‘I’ve been in it a long, long time and I’ve managed to do it before.
‘ When you remain in the bottom half of the Premier League, the reason you exist is since some part of the season you’re going to have a tough spell. It’s how you handle it.
‘ I’m never ever going to shy away from it. So yes, 100 percent [I am the man]’.
Newcastle had one shot on target at the Emirates Stadium, and Bruce added: ‘In the last third we missed that final pass.
‘ We’ve attempted all week to get people in the box and score an objective. Sadly, we’ve been punished on the break, that’s why we’ve been deep in the past, to prevent scenarios like that.
‘ There’s no rejecting confidence is low but the only way through it is to stick with your beliefs and change. We’re not alone. That’s why we remain in the bottom half of the Premier League.
‘ Half the Premier League is in a transfer battle, is it not? There’s just a couple of points in between a couple of groups. We always knew this would be the most hard part of the season for us in regards to components. We have actually got to keep addressing it and I make sure it will turn.’.
Their next task is a trip to Aston Villa this Saturday.
Sheffield United employer Chris Wilder was the favourite to be the next manager sacked until Monday night when Bruce surpassed him.