Steve Bruce has revealed details of his post-match chat with Mike Ashley following Sunday’s defeat to Liverpool, with the NUFC owner reiterating that the £300m deal is STILL in the hands of Premier League chiefs and yet to be decided upon.
It’s also emerged that Mike Ashley’s ‘Zoom call’ saw him issue a thank you message to Bruce, his staff and the Newcastle United squad for their efforts over the 2019/20 season.
Bruce has also revealed that another chat with Ashley has been organised for Wednesday, with the club needing to take stock of the current situation now the season is over and transfer window open.
Here’s what Bruce has had to say:
“He wanted to say thank you to all my players and staff for the hard work and effort and to enjoy the summer.
“What he reiterated was it’s in the hands of the Premier League and it’s been like that for weeks.
“I’ve got a call in to Mike on Wednesday,”
“We need a decision and one quickly. How long do we need to make that decision?
“All I want is what’s best for this great club. If new owners come in and take the club forward that’s what we all want as Newcastle fans.”
Based on what’s been said over the past few weeks and months, it sounds like this may be the first time Bruce has heard from his ‘boss’ in quite some time – which say a lot really.
Bruce then commented on the season as a whole, saying he’s satisfied with our survival but wants to see us kick on now – not look over shoulders each season:
We’re disappointed that we faded a bit at the death [in recent weeks].
We’re disappointed not to overtake last year’s tally. But if someone said at the start of the season would you be happy to finish with seven teams below you, we’d have taken that.
“But that’s not enough. We want to push for the top 10 on a regular basis and not look over our shoulders.:
Now the season is over, the transfer window is open and 2020/21 just a matter of weeks away, let’s hope we have more clarity on this takeover saga when Bruce meets Ashley for talks on Wednesday.
This can NOT go on much longer.