Amanda Staveley has released a statement this lunchtime, confirming Steve Bruce will take charge of Sunday’s clash with Spurs at St James’ Park.
The NUFC co-owner admits it’s been an “extremely busy week”, not only reviewing the football club but also getting to know people in and around Newcastle United.
She’s also asked for patience once again, stating that “change does not always happen overnight” – a well timed reminder to Toon fans as Steve Bruce remains in a job ahead of today’s pre-match press conference at 1.30pm.
In the statement, Staveley praises the professionalism Bruce has shown this week following their first face-to-face meeting on Monday, insisting he’ll be the first to know if changes are made moving forward.
Read her latest message to Newcastle fans below (via NUFC.co.uk):
“We have had an extremely busy week reviewing the business and getting to know people and it is imperative that we continue to be patient and considered in our approach. Change does not always happen overnight, it demands time and that we follow a carefully considered plan and strategy.
“We met Steve and the players on Monday and have given them the time and space this week to focus on preparing for what is a very important game on Sunday.
“Steve has been very professional in our dealings with him and he and his coaching team will take the team on Sunday. If we make any changes going forward, Steve will be the first to know but, in the meantime, we wish him the best of luck in his 1,000th match as a manager and will be joining you in getting right behind the team.
“Thank you for the warm welcome you have given us. We can’t wait to be at St. James’ Park with you.”
An honest and respectful statement, and a timely one too ahead of Bruce’s potentially awkward press conference at 1.30pm.
This outcome may not be what the majority of fans wanted ahead of this weekend’s big game, but isn’t it refreshing to see communication from the owners of Newcastle United.
Roll on Sunday!