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Report: Ashley set to hand Newcastle manager Bruce a new three-year deal

Mike Ashley is set to hand Newcastle United boss Steve Bruce a new three-year contract.

What’s the story?

According to the Daily Star, the Magpies owner wants to reward the 60-year-old after he kept the club in the Premier League last season.

The move may prove unpopular, with large swathes of the St James’ Park faithful voicing their discontent towards Bruce.

Newcastle endured a strange season last term.

While they finished 17 points clear of the relegation zone, it doesn’t tell the whole story.

Bruce’s men largely struggled throughout the campaign and only clinched survival after five wins in their last eight Premier League games.

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The Newcastle coach has previously claimed he ‘won’t give in’ to fans’ ‘personal criticism’ of him.

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Ashley pulls off shock move

To say the manager is disliked may be an understatement. Bruce has endured what can only be termed a torrid time since he joined Newcastle in 2019.

Ashley has pulled off a poor move by allegedly handing Bruce a new contract, which is a mistake for Newcastle.

The club have struggled massively at the hands of the former Manchester United defender. His tactics have been somewhat boring, and the results? A tad lucky.

It wouldn’t be a stretch to claim Bruce has enjoyed plenty of luck during his time in the northeast.

The likes of Callum Wilson and Joe Willock bailed him out massively last season.

Wilson’s attacking contributions won the side 16 points while the Arsenal man’s efforts won nine.

Newcastle’s very survival hinged on two geniuses at work rather than the manager’s tactics.

Handing Bruce a new contract is a bad move and one that won’t prove too popular with the majority of Newcastle’s fans.

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