Newcastle boss Steve Bruce has sought “clarity” on his position after seeing his side decline after a 3-2 loss at home to Spurs.
There was a cheer ahead of the game on Sunday, as Magpie fans were in a celebratory mood for the first game after their sensational Saudi takeover.
However, things do not go according to script as Spurs spoil the party by claiming victory.
Bruce, 60, was already under pressure – with fans banging his head after a disappointing run.
Antonio Conte, Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard, Zinedine Zidane and Paulo Fonseca have all been linked with the job at Newcastle.
And speculation will be mounting about Bruce’s position, with the latest defeat extending that streak to eight games without a win.
Speaking to Sky Sports after the game about the rumours, Bruce said: “It’s up to other people to decide, if I had been reading everything I probably wouldn’t be here today, but my job is to get some results.” .
“If you don’t win in seven or eight you’re going to be under pressure. I’ll move on and keep doing my best until I can hear otherwise.
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“Every football club needs clarity from the top right to everything that makes a football club as it is.
“The new owners have been very respectable, and Rome wasn’t built in a day. It’s up to me, anyway, in the near future, maybe better.
“The people of Newcastle want to see the club grow.”
St James’s Park was rocking before it even started – ant and December with celebrity fans enjoying the carnival atmosphere in the crowd.
It was a celebration of the end of an era that sparked controversy and despair under Mike Ashley.
Owners Yasser Al-Rumayen and Amanda Stavli were seen in the stands cheering the team.
And they must have been overjoyed to see Callum Wilson score in the opening few minutes.
However, goals from Tanguy Ndombele, Heung-Min Son and Harry Kane spoiled the day before half-time.
The first half was also suspended after a fan suffered a suspected heart attack – thankfully the club confirmed he was stable and in hospital.
One of his own goals from Eric Dier jeopardized the resistance of the Spurs, who held on to all three points in Bruce’s 1,000 games as a manager.
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