Former Newcastle United star Keith Gillespie has told Football FanCast that Steve Bruce giving the squad some time off could give the club a much-needed boost.
The Daily Mail’s Craig Hope reported earlier this week that Bruce was set to give the club’s under-performing players six days out of nine off as they attempt to navigate themselves away from relegation trouble.
Newcastle are only two points clear of Fulham in 18th and face a horrific run-in that includes games against West Ham United, Liverpool, Arsenal, Leicester City and Manchester City, while their next game comes against Tottenham Hotspur.
If the Magpies are to stay up, they need to pick up big results against top teams.
And Gillespie thinks that the idea of giving Newcastle’s players time off could actually be a smart move as the squad look to escape the negativity pervading through St James’ Park.
Speaking exclusively to FFC, he said: “I think there’s so much negativity about the place. And I think it might be a good idea in terms of getting away from the club, getting away from all that negativity.”
Gillespie accepts that fans could believe the decision is a poor one, as they want to see players working hard on the training pitch.
He added: “It’s been a tough, tough, tough season. Unfortunately, for me, performances have been really poor. So, it is a tough one, fans maybe think, ‘well, why aren’t you on the training pitch trying to fix things?’
“With the international break, you are going to have some players away. So I’m sure that when they are in they will be working hard.
“But, as I say, with that negativity surrounding the club at the minute, maybe a few days away, this sort of international break, might have come at the right time.”