Given the speed that our takeover eventually went through following months of speculation and delays, it took everyone by surprise when Steve Bruce found himself in the dugout for his 1000th game as a manager against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.
All the previous week, very credible voices in the media had been briefing that it was only a matter of time before Bruce was removed from his post by the new Newcastle United owners.
With Graeme Jones likely to have been placed in temporary control, until a more permanent replacement could be recruited.
At the time of writing this (Tuesday evening) Steve Bruce is still in charge of Newcastle United and provisionally preparing the side for an absolute must win game against Patrick Vieira’s Crystal Palace.
While I’m realistic enough to recognise that knee jerk decisions regarding the new overall direction of the club shouldn’t happen overnight, the failure to remove the manager suggests the regime have perhaps underestimated the challenge that faces us this season.
Quite simply, the longer Steve Bruce stays in post, the greater our chances of relegation increase…because let’s make no mistake – everyone who has watched Newcastle United this season knows we are in desperate trouble.
There are still 12 Premier League fixtures between now and the January transfer window. With 36 points up for grabs and Newcastle currently marooned in the relegation zone with just three draws to show for our opening eight league fixtures, every single point matters and the season can’t be allowed to drift any further.
I won’t join the chorus of voices asking Bruce to do the right thing and simply walk away. With a huge pay out in the offing we all know he won’t do that.
However, I will ask the new Newcastle United owners to do the right thing, sack the manager, and give us the best chance possible of getting to the January transfer in reasonable shape in time for some much needed reinforcements to arrive.