Sky Sports – Saudis make first big move ahead of NUFC takeover as plans for Steve Bruce are revealed

According to Sky Sports, Steve Bruce is now set to be given until at least the ‘end of the season’ to prove he is the right manager to take Newcastle United forward.

They claim that, while Rafa Benitez, Max Allegri and Mauricio Pochettino have all been touted as potential replacements, Bruce will be handed the opportunity to show the Saudi-backed consortium that he’s capable of ‘guiding the club to European football’.

The report states that the Premier League tests are currently underway as they close in on a £300m deal, but suggests they’ve already made their first big decision regarding the immediate managerial situation.

Here’s a snippet from the Sky Sports’ piece released in the last few moments:

Newcastle boss Steve Bruce is set to be given until the end of the season at least to prove he is the right manager to guide the club to European football.

Max Allegri, Mauricio Pochettino and former Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez are among a number of leading names touted as potential replacements for Bruce once the takeover passes the relevant mandatory checks in the coming weeks.

However, those involved in the takeover have not approached a potential new manager and feel Bruce should be given at least until the end of the season to stake his claim.

So, it seems Bruce will ‘at least’ be given the remaining NINE games of the season to show what he’s capable of – however it remains to be seen if these fixtures will even be played, with the COVID-19 crisis threatening to see the 2019/20 campaign deemed null and void.

A polite way of allowing Bruce to finish the job he started last August before replacing him, or are they genuinely wanting to assess his capabilities?

Sadly for Steve Bruce, I think it’s the former, but it’d be a far more gracious approach than some new owners have adopted!

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14 thoughts on “Sky Sports – Saudis make first big move ahead of NUFC takeover as plans for Steve Bruce are revealed

  1. The new owners are playing the political game. Either Bruce thinks it’s actually possible to convince them and he tries his hardest to get the best out of the lads till the end of the season, or we sputter over the line with a win or two. It’s a win, win either way for them, but what’s certain is that Bruce is not, and won’t be, the man to build a club from top to bottom in order to take it to the next level.

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  2. Then again this story could be nonsense, and just an educated guess from the Sky that the Saudis won’t replace Bruce straight away, and certainly not until we are mathematically safe. Indeed it might be a favour to Bruce from one of his mates. There has been one or two comments and or articles saying he should be given a chance.

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  3. 50 Years Of Pain:
    Let’s just keep praying this will happen soon and we find the right manager and players to give us the success our fans deserve.

    Yes lets hope so and one thing for sure Bruce is not the right Manager..

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  4. I think it is inevitable a new manager will be sourced for next season who has European and World recognition. This will be a project on a completely different level and you must get the right person in place from the outset.

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  5. Bruce dose deserve the chance to keep his job until the end of the season.he has done a good job.bit we need someone new to take us to the next level.thanks for your services Steve.

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  6. Cannot believe the new owners would even contemplate Bruce, unless they have no idea of his performance this season. Sheer luck that we are not in the bottom 3. A man with no principles who’s resume is mediocre at best.

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  7. What a load of garbage. Whether Steve is good enough we don’t really know he’s never been at any club with finances. You maybe right he might not be able to attract the sort of players a so called big club can but wages will. Then and only then will we find out what sort of manager he really is.

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  8. Gingertom:
    What a load of garbage. Whether Steve is good enough we don’t really know he’s never been at any club with finances. You maybe right he might not be able to attract the sort of players a so called big club can but wages will. Then and only then will we find out what sort of manager he really is.

    Yeah, he’s a bit like Hippo head. If only he’d been born Stephan Bruceario, he’d have five European cups, ten Premier leagues titles etc behind him, and would have managed at the best teams in Europe. 😉

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  9. Um, let me think. Probably the richest club owners in football are contemplating whether to keep Steve Bruce as Manager of their club? PMSL! Give me a break!

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  10. Because no club with money or aspirations of success ever wanted him!

    Gingertom:
    What a load of garbage. Whether Steve is good enough we don’t really know he’s never been at any club with finances. You maybe right he might not be able to attract the sort of players a so called big club can but wages will. Then and only then will we find out what sort of manager he really is.

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  11. So you are spending untold millions on making and directing the next big film to top the Harry Potter series and you decide to employ Stan Jones the local amateur dramatics ‘star’ to be your leading actor? I think not.

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  12. Just when you thought they couldn’t make this up, let’s hope they did for a change, as Bruce is a dinosaur.
    The only thing going for him is his book of excuses. And his ability to pass the buck.

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  13. what a total pile of garbage , that includes the comments . The takeover is fake , cooked up by sports journalists. get a grip of yourself every body your in the land of never never

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