Steve Bruce has been left completely in the dark and knows just as much as we do about our proposed Saudi-backed takeover, according to reports.
This comes via Luke Edwards of The Telegraph, who’s revealed on Twitter that Ashley has refused to inform Bruce about any element of the ongoing situation.
The Chronicle have also stated that Bruce has been ‘offered no guidance on the situation from managing director Lee Charnley’, despite widespread talk of him being replaced by a big name once the Saudis arrive and a sea of top players having been linked with a move.
If this were any other club, it would be a major surprise. Here at Newcastle United, however, miscommunication is an expectation.
Ashley is simply giving Bruce the cold shoulder, just like he did to Keegan, Shearer, Hughton, Rafa, and all the others that came before him. Bruce spoke highly of him when he first arrived, but he’s seeing his true colours now, sadly.
It is unfair on him, as he – or anyone – that is manager of a football club deserves to be the first person to know when a bid has been accepted, and the club could be changing hands.
The manager is usually the first man with a target on his back when a new owner walks through the door. Just ask the likes of Mark Hughes or Sam Allardyce, with the latter being on the receiving end of two new owner’s bullets – one of them coming from Ashley himself.
Bruce has been hung out to dry in the media too, with every publication in Britain drawing up potential names as to who will be leading the Toon into our fresh, exciting, Saudi Arabian chapter.
He is a tough cookie Bruce, and unless he’s the most naive man in football he would have expected this from our current parasite of an owner, but the paper talk will be getting to him.
The least Ashley could do is inform him whether a takeover is/isn’t happening, more on a moral level if anything as his job could be on the line in a matter of days. I dare you to act like a human, Mike.
Bruce has steadied the ship post-Rafa and has us a comfortable eight points clear of the drop zone with only nine games to go before COVID-19 halted the season. Had we been sat in the drop zone, you can bet your life that Ashley wouldn’t have £300m heading his way and we wouldn’t have a takeover to look forward to.
For that, at least, he deserves some clarity from the puppet-master above. The shocking handling of Bruce epitomises the management of NUFC during the Mike Ashley era.