Gary Neville believes the way Steve Bruce has been treated by Newcastle’s new owners would be considered “employment abuse” in any other industry.
“I think this thing now with Steve Bruce is totally wrong,” Neville said on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football. “If this was any other industry, any other walk of life, it would be classed as employment abuse.
“The employer would be in serious trouble with their employee, they absolutely would. They would be in big trouble. You’ve got to show, and demonstrate, decency.”
Neville added: “I’m not talking about the criticism from the Newcastle fans, I’m talking about the ongoing situation, the leaks, the things that have happened in the last week, two weeks, four weeks, six weeks.
“It is not fair on a brilliant man, a great football man, a great player, a manager who has had 1000 games. He deserves to be treated with decency.
“Football managers get the crack, Steve Bruce will get the crack. If you’re going to sack him, pay him up the full money, don’t resist it, do the right thing and move on.
“If you’re not going to sack him, tell him and at least be clear about what you’re going to do, so at least the fans can start having a go at you.
“Stop using Steve Bruce as what would be a shield for the criticism at that football club.”