Steve Bruce denied the written media the right to ask questions at his press conference ahead of Newcastle’s clash with Leeds.
The Newcastle boss is under fierce criticism for his side’s dismal recent form and has grown frustrated at reports in the press that he could be sacked in the weeks ahead, with the spectre of former boss Rafa Benitez – who recently left Dalian Yifang in the Chinese Super League – looming over him.
He recently branding his side ‘absolutely s***e’ after their defeat to Sheffield United, and he may not be wrong. As they head into the visit of Leeds, they have taken two points from the last 24 available.
The Newcastle communications department refused to allow questions from 20 reporters at his press conference on Monday, looking to limit speculative questions over his future, which is reported to be secure despite their dreadful form.
Speaking to representatives from the four rights-holding broadcasters they allowed to speak, Bruce said: “There is no disputing we are on a difficult run. It is a difficult situation, let’s be honest. The quicker you get a result the better. We are not alone. You ignore the noise and focus on the match which is another opportunity.
“We need to find a bit. We need a results. I have seen little bits. Confidence is a bit low but the only way to do it is to train and prepare best we can and turn it around.
“I have been in this situation before. You draw on your experience. I am still convinced (that I can sort it out), yes.”
Newcastle fans have recently held protests over his position, venting their frustrations at a run that sees them yet to win in 2021 and embroiled in an unexpected relegation battle after a decent start to the campaign.
Bruce said: “I understand their disappointment. I understand how they feel. All I can do it try and get the team in good shape as I can and win tomorrow night. You are disappointed when you see things like that.”