It comes after Frank McAvennie claimed that Eddie Howe had held initial talks with Newcastle about becoming their new manager, despite Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley recently backing Steve Bruce.
Many players thought Bruce was going to be sacked after the club’s 3-0 defeat against Brighton last month, however, since then he has guided the club to an unbeaten run of four games, which includes back-to-back victories over West Ham and Burnley.
Speaking on why Newcastle will just be keeping their options open and how this happens all the time between managers and clubs, Lee told FFC:
“Why would they sack him now after some good results? Why would they be looking to speak to other managers now? Listen, it’s no secret that clubs speak to managers all the time, managers will tell you that themselves.
“Clubs are certainly not squeaky clean and they do keep their options open but as I say, if they didn’t sack him after the Brighton defeat then they certainly aren’t going to sack him before the end of the season.”
It was reported earlier this month that if Bruce was to keep Newcastle in the Premier League he would be rewarded with a new contract at St James’ Park.
The Magpies have a comfortable nine-point gap to Fulham in 18th, however, Newcastle have a difficult run of games before they face Sheffield United and Fulham to finish the season.