NEWCASTLE chief Mike Ashley will not sack boss Steve Bruce after showdown talks, according to reports.
The Toon are hovering dangerously above the relegation zone following a dismal run of form.
Bruce's side sit two points above the drop zone after a shocking 3-0 defeat against relegation rivals Brighton.
Newcastle have won just two of their last 20 games in all competitions with supporters venting their frustrations at shoddy performances on the pitch.
The Telegraph write how Bruce held training ground talks on Monday with Newcastle chiefs including managing director Lee Charnley.
And it emerged how the club will not axe Bruce for the crucial Premier League run-in despite the manager thinking 'long and hard' about his position.
Owner Ashley would be forced to pay Bruce a £4million compensation package to sack him now.
The revelations come after an overwhelming number of Newcastle fans voted against Bruce in a club poll.
Created by the local Chronicle Live, 14,000 fans filled out a survey with a whopping 95 per cent believing there should be a change in the dugout.
And a staggering 92 per cent of fans believe the club WILL get relegated if Bruce stays in the charge for the duration of the season.
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Newcastle host Jose Mourinho's Tottenham in their next outing before a tough trip to Burnley.
They still have a daunting four-game run that includes trips to Liverpool and Leicester while welcoming Arsenal and Manchester City to St James' Park.
Their last two matches could prove crucial as they take on bottom of the league Sheffield United and chief relegation rivals Fulham.
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