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Under-fire Newcastle boss Steve Bruce urges fans to stay optimistic

Newcastle United are enduring a winless streak that has stretched to six weeks now. In their last league outing, Aston Villa managed to beat them 2-0 away from home. The defeat means that the Magpies are without a win for the last 10 games across all competitions. Their last victory came against West Brom on the 12th of December. Fans held protests outside St. James Park following the latest defeat, carrying banners and posters against manager Steve Bruce. Despite the turmoil, the Newcastle management is showing no signs of sacking Bruce.

The 60-year-old appeared frustrated after Sunday’s defeat and refused to answer any questions from journalists. But he answered to the Rights-holders of the league.

“There’s no disputing that we’re on a difficult run and the quicker you get a result, the better. We need to go and get a result. I’ve seen little bits [of promise] but confidence is a little bit low,” Bruce admitted.

When asked whether he feels he is the right person to hold the job, Bruce said: “Well, I’ve been in it a long, long time, I’ve been in this situation before and you draw on your experience with it. There’s no doubt at all it’s difficult, but I’m still convinced. All you can do is ignore the noise and focus on the match. The one thing I’ll never do, though, is shy away from it. I’ll get stuck into it and try as best I can,” he added.

Despite going through an alarming goal drought, Newcastle don’t seem to add more options upfront in this transfer window. They sit 16th in the table with just 19 points from 19 games. With less than half of the season left to play, Bruce should pull off some real piece of magic to turn their fortunes around.

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