Former Tottenham defender Gary Mabbutt has exclusively told Football FanCast that he believes his friend Steve Bruce will lead Newcastle to Premier League survival.
Newcastle edged deeper into relegation troubles following their damaging defeat to Brighton on Saturday which left them just two bottom-three.
That result was their sixth Premier League fixture without victory, which led to increased pressure surrounding Bruce’s future, although Mike Ashley confirmed 24 hours later that he will remain at manager of the St James’ outfit heading into the international break despite their wretched form.
Newcastle’s next game is against Mabbutt’s former side, Tottenham, who’re also enduring a difficult moments following crushing defeats to Arsenal and Dinamo Zagreb.
Asked whether he thinks Newcastle have enough to stay in the Premier League, Mabbutt told Football FanCast:
“Steve Bruce has been a friend of mine for a long time. We have played against each other and with each for England. He has had a very torrid time over this period. Obviously a very good friend of mine is Stephen Clemence, who I played with at Spurs and Ray’s son.
“So I want Newcastle to do well for both Steves, but they’ve had a difficult run of it and aren’t in a particularly good place.
“There’s a lot of teams that were adrift that have suddenly come back. Who knows what could happen, but Newcastle have got far too much to go down this season.”