It’s quite hard not to feel sorry for Newcastle United and their supporters when you look at their slide over the past few years.
They’ve slowly been turned from a genuine title contender and regular in Europe to being a large advertising campaign for Sports Direct with no ambitions above remaining in the league.
They’ve had a couple of reasonable results this year by keeping things tight at the back, but that solidity has deteriorated in recent weeks and they can’t score goals so it’s a recipe for disaster.
They are sliding closer to the relegation zone and Fulham are looking better with each passing game so there has to be a fear of going down again.
You would think that Steve Bruce would be under a lot of pressure for his job, but he actually seems to be claiming that he’s constantly receiving letters of support from the fans:
Steve Bruce: “I can bring you in a pile of letters I signed only yesterday. People wishing me good luck, telling me to keep bashing away. Not all doom and gloom but I understand their frustration totally. It feels more unique here because of the unbelievable fan base we have.”
— Keith Downie (@SkySports_Keith) January 29, 2021
It’s a bit weird that he appears to be signing these letters himself so you have to imagine they’re either all from Sunderland or from a mysterious character called “Breve Stuce”, but it does look like he’s entering the desperation stages now.