Steve Bruce would usually be feeling a bit nervous about a visit to St James' Park.
Not this week.
The Geordie boss used to get plenty of stick as the Manchester United captain when he was a player, but that was nothing compared to the grief that he was on the end of as manager of Sunderland.
To some members of the Toon Army he was regarded as a traitor, even if at one stage many would have accepted him as manager before he took the job at the Stadium of Light.
- Report: Newcastle coaches apologise...
Newcastle assistant boss John Carver and goalkeeping coach Andy Woodman have both issued apologies after clashes with fans at the weekend.
Carver confronted some of Newcastle's travelling supporters before the 4-0 defeat to Southampton on Saturday after seeing a "Pardew Out" banner unfurled in the stand at St Mary's.
Magpies boss Alan Pardew...
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew says the time has come for his team to "stand up and deliver" amid suggestions that an organised protest against his continued stay at the club will be staged at Saturday's home game against Hull.
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Pardew has come under increasing pressure following his side's 4-0 defeat against his former club Southampton last Saturday, but club owner Mike Ashley has vowed to stand by his beleaguered manager for now.
Yet with thousands of...
It's hardly a good sign when a club's assistant manager is rowing with fans even before the team manages to humiliatingly lose 4-0 at Southampton. John Carver, a proud Geordie usually seen as a fan on the coaching staff, was defending Alan Pardew, but the Newcastle United manager is fast running out of other admirers.
Carver's outburst against supporters waving a bedsheet emblazoned with "Pardew Out" was highly telling evidence of a club fraying at its very edges. A common outsiders' view is that...