The Daily Star’s Aaron Stokes has put out an exclusive that Steve Bruce is in talks over a new three-year deal with Newcastle. The 60-year-old is in the final year of the contract he signed when appointed in July of 2019.
— Aaron Stokes (@AaronJStokes) July 30, 2021
According to Stokes, owner Mike Ashley wants to reward Bruce for keeping Newcastle in the Premier League this past season. Newcastle finished 12th on 45 points after flirting with the relegation zone for much of the campaign’s second half.
In truth, Bruce’s job has never really been under threat despite some nervy times during his two years on Tyneside. Newcastle have, however, finished both campaigns well above the relegation places in 13th and 12th, respectively.
Ashley appears satisfied to continue on with Bruce as long as he remains the owner of Newcastle. Stokes reveals Ashley remains confident he will be vindicated in his attempts to resurrect the Saudi takeover.
These contract negotiations appear to have been initiated some time ago. Though the timing is suspicious due to recent rulings delaying both Newcastle’s arbitration hearing to next year and Ashley’s anti-competition case until after the summer.
This will not go over well with large swathes of Newcastle fans. However, it really isn’t surprising. Ashley has not shown any desire to replace Bruce and a new contract will give him some security during what is shaping up to be another toxic season at Newcastle.
It will be very interesting to see what kind of compensation package is linked with this new contract. High compensation in Bruce’s current deal likely played a significant role in Ashley’s continued support earlier this year.
This is where Newcastle are at right now. No takeover, no new signings, and injuries already taking their toll. Hopefully, some good news on Axel Tuanzebe and Joe Willock will emerge by next week.