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Newcastle flops ‘given six days off’ as pressure on Steve Bruce mounts

Steve Bruce has reportedly made the astonishing decision to hand his Newcastle players six days off from nine despite the club’s perilous position.

The Magpies are 17th in the Premier League, two points above the relegation zone with a game in hand over 18th-place Fulham.

They were defeated 3-0 by Brighton on Saturday after another dismal performance during which they managed just one-third of possession and one shot on target.

Newcastle showed no fight to get back into the game once Leandro Trossard opened the scoring but their inquest will not begin until Tuesday – three days after the loss at the Amex.

Bruce’s side limply surrendered to defeat against Brighton

That’s because Bruce handed his players Sunday and Monday off, and he intends to give the squad a further four-day break over next weekend, according to the Daily Mail .

With the squad due to be away from the training ground from this Friday to next Monday, that means they will spend six days from nine off.

The report adds the players are not surprised by their lengthy break and that they are accustomed to organising their own training.

The Magpies squad has been given six from nine days away from training
The Magpies squad has been given six from nine days away from training

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It is also claimed there was shock among some members of the squad upon finding out Newcastle owner Mike Ashley would be sticking with Bruce as manager.

There is a growing sense the 60-year-old has had enough of the St James’ Park dugout and would like to be dismissed.

Bruce did not name a recognised No. 9 for the trip to Brighton and benched Dwight Gayle and Andy Carroll, with neither centre-forward reappearing for the post-match workout after storming down the tunnel at full-time.

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Newcastle have won just two of their last 20 games and it is hoped the easing of their schedule over the international break could help relieve the mental and physical strain they are under.

The Magpies have six players away on international duty and return to action at home against Tottenham next Sunday.

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