Steve Bruce has hinted the returning Toon Army could force him to leave Newcastle.
The manager remains deeply unpopular among the Newcastle fan-base, who will be back at St James’ Park for next week’s clash against Sheffield United.
Asked about facing angry supporters, he said: “We are always one dip away from that situation, and it’s something I’ve really got to think long and hard about.
“It then becomes damaging to the football club and the players.
“We try and keep them away from all these situations, but if it hampers them then that’s one thing I’ve got to look at.”
And Bruce, 60, cast further doubt over his future when asked directly on talkSPORT if he will be at the helm beyond the summer.
The Magpies boss added: “It is for others to decide.
“Most clubs will have big discussions and review the season. I am a football person and it is still too early to retire yet.
“But those conversations will happen over the next couple of weeks, I am sure.”