Newcastle stars pulled apart by staff as tempers blow over in huge bust-up

Newcastle's defeat to Tottenham left them without a win in eight Premier League fixtures and tempers boiled over in the tunnel with two players said to have gone head-to-head and exchanged shoves.

Captain Jamaal Lascelles and midfielder Isaac Hayden are those involved in the alleged bust-up, with sources saying that 'in-fighting' has caused more discontent for Steve Bruce's tenure.

Despite taking an early lead on what promised to be a day of celebration following their Saudi-led takeover last week, goals from Tanguy Ndombele, Harry Kane and Son Heung-min cancelled out Callum Wilson's opener before Eric Dier's late own goal.

With Bruce calling for clarity over his position following the final whistle, a furious row is said to have broken out between two seniors stars not long after full-time.

The Mail report that Lascelles and team-mate Hayden were 'pulled apart by staff' having gone head-to-head and exchanging shoves inside the tunnel area of the ground.

Some players were also said to have voiced their displeasure at Bruce's tactics for the encounter, with a number of the playing squad 'wanting the owners to intervene'.

Newcastle take on Crystal Palace on Saturday with the future of Bruce far from certain with Premier League safety the priority following their dismal start.

The report adds that the sacking of the veteran boss is the 'priority' of Amanda Staveley and the board, and that processes will have to be signed off by Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund.

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Bruce said on Sunday with his side sitting second bottom in the table: "Every football club needs clarity, from the top right the way through. The new owners have been very respectful.

"My future is for other people to decide. I will carry on as best I can until I hear otherwise. I will see what they have to say."

Antonio Conte, Steven Gerrard and even Jose Mourinho have been linked to the job in recent days, and whoever arrives is likely to receive funds to spend in January.

Staveley said last week: “We have had an extremely busy week reviewing the business and getting to know people, and it is imperative that we continue to be patient and considered in our approach.

“Change does not always happen overnight, it demands time and that we follow a carefully considered plan and strategy.

“We met Steve and the players on Monday and have given them the time and space this week to focus on preparing for what is a very important game on Sunday."

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