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Hoddle tells fans: Bruce is fighting for Newcastle; he should stay

Former Tottenham boss Glenn Hoddle insists Steve Bruce should stay with Newcastle United next season.

Newcastle appear safe after victory over West Ham United and while Bruce has battled against a section of the Toon support this season and also local press, Hoddle believes the Geordie will want to remain in the job - and SHOULD remain in the job.

Hoddle said on his podcast ' The Glenn Hoddle Footy Show': "I think Steve will say 'that's my job and I want to take it on from there'. He's been working hard to make sure the club stays in the Premier League, why would he move on? He will want to be backed and will want to see if he can take Newcastle to a different level."

Hoddle believes the pressure from Toon fans can often work against the club and the manager in place.

He continued: "That's the problem for Newcastle, it's very insular. The supporters are all very close to that city, obviously, and they believe they should be up there like Leeds have done and what Wolves have done over the last few years."

But Hoddle admits he also has sympathy for fans who expect more from the club, though insists Bruce needs to be supported if their potential is to be realised - especially if new owners buy out Mike Ashley.

He said, "So there's a few examples and they're saying why can't we be up there? And they've probably got a point.

"But he (Bruce) needs to be backed by the ownership and I think he's fighting for Newcastle.

"If they stay up, I think he deserves one more year, where he can say 'look, let's see where we go with this'.

"Whether the new owners see it like that, we're not sure."

Hoddle has always been confident Bruce would guide Newcastle away from the dropzone and was impressed by the weekend's victory against Champions League hopefuls West Ham.

He added: "That performance against West Ham was a really good, battling performance.

"West Ham put in a real gallant effort with ten men, but Newcastle just came through."

Hoddle also had a word for the hostility that has been aimed at Bruce this season from sections of the press and support.

"It has an effect on you, you'd be lying if you said it doesn't. You have to try and turn it into an advantage.

"You have to say (to the fans), 'look if you don't agree with me being the manager, use that anger to support the team and also put pressure on the opponents'.

"But like any football fan, when the whistle blows, they don't take into account there might be six players injured or key players out. They want their team to win. And that's where the frustration comes. Instead of turning that onto the opponents, it can be turned inward which does no good for the manager nor the team. I've experienced that as a manager and a player.

"But that's human nature. It's normal."

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