‘They’re lucky the stadium is empty’: Graeme Souness insists Newcastle is ‘fast approaching the last chance saloon’ as they flirt with the Premier League relegation zone … and insists Steve Bruce and Co should be thankful that fans cannot express anger person
- Newcastle are in a relegation dogfight and have won two of the last 18 matches
- Steve Bruce’s men host Spurs who need a win to lift the mood in the club
- Graeme Souness claims Newcastle should be grateful there are no fans in stadiums
- Souness also believes Mike Ashley is upsetting fans by not firing Bruce
Graeme Souness claims Newcastle are lucky their fans aren’t in the stadium to witness their slide past the Premier League table into a relegation bout this season.
Steve Bruce’s side have won only two of their last 18 top matches and faces a relegation battle with Fulham, West Brom and Brighton in the last nine games of the season.
The Magpies host Tottenham on Sunday afternoon knowing a win will get them five points out of the drop zone, but former Newcastle boss Souness insists Bruce’s men are approaching the ‘last chance saloon’ in their relegation aerial battle.
Graeme Souness says struggling Newcastle should be grateful there are no fans in the stadiums
Newcastle have won two of their last 18 Premier League games and could be relegated
Souness told Sky Sports: ‘(There is) pressure on Newcastle (and) rightly so. They didn’t perform, they don’t have enough points and I think it’s a concern if you’re a Newcastle supporter.
‘If you look at their last game against Brighton, there was no fight. They are fighting. They are quickly approaching the last chance saloon.
‘You have to get some points on the board, because if you constantly play under pressure and you have to win, some players don’t respond that well.
And a saving grace for them, I think, after they’ve worked at the club, is that the stadium is empty. The public wouldn’t be slow to express their disappointment with the team. ‘
Souness claims the fans would have created a negative atmosphere with the side in bad shape
Newcastle were beaten for their last Premier League appearance, a 3-0 defeat away to relegation rival Brighton, with Souness describing Magpies’ side as’ passive ‘and’ without fire ‘.
The Magpies have been damaged by the recent injury battle of star striker Callum Wilson, who was ruled out for up to eight weeks with a hamstring tear in early February.
Newcastle’s chances of survival took another hit on Saturday when rivals West Brom beat 10-man Chelsea 5-2 at Stamford Bridge to move them within seven points of the Magpies.
Magpies boss Steve Bruce (above) has been blamed by some supporters for the club’s decline
Souness also claims that owner Mike Ashley is sticking two fingers at the fans by not firing Bruce
Many fans have pointed the finger at head coach Bruce for the club’s poor performance and although Souness admitted he likes the Magpies boss, he claims Newcastle owner Mike Ashley is upsetting fans by not firing him.
Souness continued: ‘I love Steve Bruce, he’s a good guy. I think he was lucky to keep his job. It’s like Mike Ashley is putting his two fingers at the supporters.
‘If 95 percent say they want a change, the board would generally implement that change. If there had been people in that stadium, I think something would have changed. It’s a risky strategy.
‘I don’t know what the numbers are, but it’s very, very big in terms of pounds, shillings and pennies. It’s a big number if they go down and don’t come back up right away. ‘