Newcastle United fans have called for the dismissal of Steve Bruce following a banner being put on display outside the ground portraying the manager as a joker.
The Twitter account Wor Flags posted up two images of the fan-made banner which appears to show owner and Sports Direct chief Mike Ashley holding up two joker cards with Bruce’s face placed on them.
In addition, it reads ‘Stop gambling with our club’, with the Newcastle supporting Wor Flags account adding ‘Don’t stick with this joker’ in reference to Bruce, before adding ‘Ashley out, Bruce out’.
A banner was unveiled outside St James’ Park calling owner Mike Ashley to ‘stop gambling with our club’ while displaying two joker cards with Steve Bruce’s face appearing on them
Newcastle have struggled this season in the Premier League and an awful run of form has dragged them into a relegation battle.
They have lost eight of their last 10 matches and coupled with a resurgent Fulham, inside the relegation zone, they are now only three points above the bottom three.
Toon fans have been left frustrated at their side’s slide down the table having been 10 points clear of a relegation battle just a few weeks ago.
Newcastle fan account Wor Flags called for the departure of Ashley as well as Bruce
Bruce has struggled this term but Ashley has resisted urges to dismiss boss after poor form
Speaking after Newcastle’s most recent match in a 3-1 loss at Manchester United, Bruce admitted his side were in a battle to retain their Premier League status.
‘Well, look, there’s six or seven teams in and around us with 13 games to go,’ he said.
‘I’m sure there’s a few looking over their shoulder and of course we’re one of them.
Newcastle players are on a run of eight defeats from their last 10 in the Premier League
Toon players (left to right) Isaac Hayden, Sean Longstaff, Andy Carroll, Joelinton, Joe Willock and Jamal Lewis train ahead of Saturday’s clash against Wolves
‘But I’m still quietly confident that we’ll be fine if we keep performing like we did in the first hour.’
Newcastle will be looking for just their second home win in over two months on Saturday when they host Wolves in the Premier League.
Since beating West Brom at St James’ Park on December 12, Bruce’s side have picked up just eight points from their following 14 matches.