Steve Bruce will ‘never get any credit’ as long as Newcastle United remain a club in ‘turmoil’, according to John Barnes.
The Magpies head coach continues to be criticised despite the club’s solid if unspectacular start to the season.
Victories over West Ham and Everton have been balanced out by disappointing displays in defeats to Brighton and Southampton last time out.
Bruce has guided United to a second cup quarter-final in as many seasons with a Carabao Cup tie against Brentford to come, and his side are already 10 points clear of the relegation zone after only eight matches.
Recent fallout over the long-running takeover saga at Newcastle United hasn’t just been the talk of Tyneside – it was the talk of the footballing world.
Now, Steve Bruce must recollect his team and push forward without the change of ownership and new backing.
However, the twists and turns aren’t over, with current owner Mike Ashley ‘considering all options’ after the Premier League rejected the £300m takeover.
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However, supporters remain unconvinced by the 59-year-old’s tactics and a perceived negative approach to most fixtures so far this campaign.
Barnes reckons United remain a club in “turmoil” due to the ongoing takeover saga and Mike Ashley’s legal battle with the Premier League.
Until the ownership of the Magpies changes hands, the former England international believes Bruce and Ashley will always be held accountable for every defeat and poor display – regardless of whether it’s fair or not.
Barnes told PlayOjo: “It comes down to perception as there are fans who love that type of football, aggressive, long balls, fighting.
“There’s no such thing as a more attractive football. It depends on what people like. You know what is good football, winning football matches.
“Newcastle will always be a club in turmoil, as long as this ownership situation is there whereby, when they win, five matches in a row, everything’s going to be great, then all of a sudden, they lose and it’s going to be Steve Bruce and Mike Ashley’s fault.
“Steve Bruce will never get any credit when they win and if they play well. But when they don’t play well and lose, it’ll be because of him.”