There are things Newcastle United fans are certain of at the moment.

Our biggest ever Big Toon Survey threw up three answers that polled over 90% - a first ever - and all of them focused on the failed takeover.

United fans want answers, they believe the Premier League are to blame for the takeover being called off and they still want the consortium that walked away in frustration to buy out Mike Ashley.

But on the situation away from the takeover, there's less certainty.

Take the verdict on Steve Bruce. The vituperation online whenever the team lose a game would suggest Newcastle fans are united in their opposition to him but the survey results show a mixed bag but with more feeling he did a good job last season than not.

Asked whether he performed above, on par or below pre-season expectations (which may have been low):

Did he change minds? The next set of answers suggests not. 76% say they still hold the same opinion of him as at the start of the season.

"No pre season, no proven goal scorer, no crowd support and never ending talk of a takeover during the season, means it was an outstanding job for Newcastle to finish where they did," said one correspondent - the most generous assessment.

There were compliments for his man management, his "decency" and the way the team responded to him after a difficult summer.

But many had reservations still. The theme of the football being difficult to watch cropped up.

"Nice bloke but not the level of Manager/Head Coach we need to move forward if we want to step up into the Top ten," said another. It was a common(ish) theme. "Decent man and experienced manager. Don’t see him as the one to take us to the next level. I was very disappointed to see Rafa Benitez leave," one comment read.

Mike Ashley and Amanda Staveley

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A succinct reply to this question read: "I feel for Bruce. He wasn't welcomed, even though he's a Geordie. He's done OK bearing in mind our squad. We cant expect top half under the current regime."

On the season as a whole, the verdict was vanilla.

Despite the fairly generous verdict on Bruce, there is little optimism about next season - which hovers over the horizon.

With Tyneside taken over by takeover talk, the fact the season is due to kick off in four weeks might have been lost on some. But most clearly feel Newcastle have work to do to get their house in order given how last season finished.

Asked what you expected of next season, just 5% said a top half finish. Less than 1% said top four but even fewer were willing to predict even finishing above 10th.

40% expect relegation - worryingly - while 54% expect a carbon copy of the last two seasons, to finish safe but in the bottom half.