NUST membership urge Steve Bruce to resign ‘in the best interests of the club’
A vast majority of Newcastle United Supporters Trust members has urged Steve Bruce to resign, in the wake of the release of its annual survey.
94.3% of trust members that voted believed Bruce “should walk away in the best interest of Newcastle,” a marginal increase from the 89.9% surveyed at the start of the campaign who believed the same.
Over 5000 fans made their voices heard in response to the survey, which was launched off the back of a notoriously slow start to the Premier League season.
The Magpies are 19th in the division, having picked up only three points in seven matches. They have conceded the joint-most goals in the league, too, with 16 goals against.
The Trust said: “As a result of growing concerns over the performances on the pitch since the start of the 2021-22 season, we ran a quick pulse survey on Sunday 3rd October to seek the opinion of our membership on the current situation at Newcastle United.
“Following a seventh straight Premier League game without a win at the start of the Premier League season, eight in all competitions, and with just 7 wins in the last 37, there was clear anger growing amongst the away end at Wolverhampton on Saturday 2nd October, and this anger is reflected across all social media channels, podcasts, and websites.
“We asked our members if they believed Steve Bruce should resign in the best interests of Newcastle United, and from over 5000 responses in a 12-hour period? A resounding 94.3% said yes.
“The discontent amongst our fan base is completely justified, and the concerns fans raise are clear for all to see. The environment the club has set up inevitably leads to further anger in the stands and results in a toxic atmosphere for the players tasked with securing our Premier League status.
Aside from the manager, the atmosphere on Tyneside, according to these responses, is undoubtedly negative.
98% of surveyed fans are “dissatisfied with the Premier League,” regarding their conduct over the stalled Saudi-backed takeover that was agreed in April 2020. Independent arbitration in January 2022 is set to resolve that conflict.
Almost unanimously, 99% were “unhappy with the transparency given to supporters throughout the takeover process.”
The group added: “Fan optimism is at a serious low and with no wins in seven Premier League games at the time of publication, Newcastle United is in serious danger of being relegated for a third time under the current owner.