An intriguing new piece from The Times’ Martin Hardy appears to explain why Steve Bruce is yet to be sacked at Newcastle United.
According to his latest piece, Amanda Staveley is simply waiting for the ‘green light’ from the Saudi PIF to relieve the 60-year-old of his duties.
Although Staveley is the face of the consortium, sitting on our board alongside husband Mehrdad Ghodoussi and Jamie Reuben, The Times have revealed that most top level decisions need to be signed off by Yasir Al-Rumayyan – the club’s new non-executive Chairman and the governor of the PIF.
The report states that a conference calls have been held between consortium members in the UK and those in Riyadh (the home of the PIF’s headquarters in Saudi Arabia), leading to a ‘temporary delay’ as Staveley waits for the PIF to greenlight the ‘inevitable; sacking of Steve Bruce’s.
Hardy remains adamant he will be shown the exit door, with Graeme Jones still expected to take charge of Sunday’s game with Spurs while the new owners narrow down their search for Steve Bruce’s long-term replacement.
The Times have also revealed that Brian Marwood, the managing director of global football at the Manchester City Football Group, could be given a senior role to help ‘lead the process’ of rebuilding Newcastle United.
Marwood was born in Durham and appears to have been lined up for the managing director job, with the report stating that he has the ‘vision and experience’ to help run the club on a day-to-day basis alongside Amanda Staveley.