Glenn Hoddle has claimed that Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce should deserve an extra year with the club if he can keep the club safe from relegation.
Speaking on The Glenn Hoddle Footy Show, the former England manager admitted that Newcastle should not separate from Bruce should the club avoid the drop the season, with the Toon currently eight points above Fulham in the Premier League table as well as three whole places ahead of the west London side.
Bruce has come under fire this season from supporters after seemingly looking likely to be dragged into a relegation battle, but two wins and two draws in Newcastle’s last five Premier League games have seen the northeast club shoot up the table and well clear of the drop zone with a game in-hand over Fulham.
And for Hoddle, he believes that if Newcastle can confirm Premier League safety for next season, Bruce deserves one more year with the club and that he should be properly backed by owner Mike Ashley.
The BT Sport pundit said: “I think Steve will stay. He’s working hard to make sure the club stays in the Premier League. Why would he move on? He would want to be backed and see if he could take Newcastle to a different level. That’s the problem with Newcastle. It’s very insular,” with Hoddle later adding: “I think (Bruce) is fighting for Newcastle. If they stay up, he deserves to have one more year and see where he can go with this.”
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All was doom and gloom in Newcastle not too long ago when it appeared that their time in the Premier League was up, and that relegation back down to the Championship looked was a real certainty. Yet Bruce has done an impeccable job in turning the ship around and has seemingly done enough to keep the Toon in the English top-flight for another season with six games left to play.
But a third season of Bruce and ‘Brucie Ball’ at a club as big as Newcastle would show a severe lack of intent from the boardroom as well as a sign of disrespect to supporters of the club, who are eager to see the team take a new direction under a younger manager whose values and philosophies match that of the 21st-century game.