Toon owner Mike Ashley is reluctant to get rid of Bruce before he sells the club as he does not want the extra expense - despite pressure rising with Saturday's sorry 2-0 slump at Aston Villa -
The Sports Direct supremo is even drafting in former Luton boss Graeme Jones as a coach to give his manager all the support he needs in a bid to turn things around at St James' Park.
But Ashley knows he will be forced to sack Bruce if the team's results and performances do not improve quickly.
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