Steve Bruce has insisted he persist in his mission as he tries to reverse Newcastle’s bad start to the season.

The Magpies go into the Premier League against Leeds on Friday night without winning five games in all competitions this season and Bruce was the target of disaffected fans in Saturday’s 4-1 loss at Manchester United.

When asked if he had spoken to his superiors about his future, he said at his pre-game press conference: “No, but it’s not just about me.

“I’m here to only do what I think is best for the club and that means manage it the best I can and keep developing.

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“Other people have to answer that. I’ll continue to do my best – I’ll never avoid the challenge, that’s for sure – so you’re asking the wrong person. “

When asked about the Old Trafford ridicule, Bruce added, “Look, it’s always difficult.

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“It’s difficult, but you see, the frustration is, like any other Premier League club or any other Football League club, if you don’t get results then in the end the manager, head coach, whatever I am , the brunt of it.

“It is, so I have to accept that the results weren’t good enough.

“The disappointment was that last week we played very, very well in a difficult place, it was never going to be this difficult and we played very, very well and didn’t get anything out of the frustrating thing.”