Speaking at his pre-Norwich press conference this morning, Steve Bruce has responded to some inevitable questions about a rumoured takeover.
According to the NUFC boss, Lee Charnley has told him that “at the moment” there is “nothing in it”, with him seeming focused on the job in hand – which is beating Norwich tomorrow – above all else.
Here’s what Bruce had to say when asked about rumours linking a Saudi-group led by Amanda Staveley with a £340m buyout:
““I don’t get involved with all that. It’s for other people to worry about and for you to write and talk about. I us concentrate on what I can do and what I can affect.
“It has an unsettling effect on everybody, of course, I wouldn’t lie, but we’re somehow getting used to it. All I’m concentrating on is tomorrow, the game tomorrow and certainly the players are as well as myself.”
“I think he (Charnley) will tell me. If there was something to talk about and something to tell me, he’ll tell me.
“I have a relationship with him that I think he would.
“At the moment all he’s said is there’s nothing in it. Okay, fine, let’s go to work and let’s see where we are.”
Bruce’s comments certainly suggest nothing is imminent on the takeover front, but, as Sky’s Pete Graves says above, it seems we take the “business as usual” stance until a deal is done.
One issue that’s easy to forget in all of the hype is the fact it’s clearly ‘unsettling’ both Bruce and the players.
A takeover of this magnitude is the dream, but 3 points against Norwich is Bruce’s sole focus – and rightly so given all the false dawns we’ve dealt with over the years.