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Ashley To Reward Bruce With New Three-Year Contract – Report



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.

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.


138 comments so far

  • Mund

    Jul 30, 2021 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #1

    The day Shearer signed KK said this

    “It just shows the ambition. We are the biggest thinking team in Europe”

    How far we have fallen 🙁

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  • Munster Mag

    Jul 30, 2021 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #2

    No Mund, Jail didnt apologise to me about the Irish comments.

    As I told you before, he lacks bottle and backbone. Good at sniping though, and trying to dig up 10 year old quotes to allow him to say “I told you so”

    Big man ! LMAO

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  • Munster Mag

    Jul 30, 2021 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #3

    Jeez it just seems that the takeover is dead now. Keen to hear some optimism from Keith P but is just seems like this is a slow grind to a halt now. Unless Bonna gets a full hold you’d worry about a slip. Just enough to slip into 3rd last and then say ta ta to the most exciting players we’ve had in years. Dear oh bloody dear.

    I think we’d take the Quataris now if they flashed their wallets!

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  • Mund

    Jul 30, 2021 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #4

    Apparently no contact between Everton for Maxi and player is happy and settled.

    He has been in contact with someone with COVID and precautions have been made. He gets test results back today.

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  • JohnJ

    Jul 30, 2021 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #5

    New contract for Bruce – No way

    It just shows the level of ambition at our club!

    Feel pretty gutted at recent news…..

    CAT case not heard until 27th September and the other one next year!

    🙁 🙁 🙁

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 30, 2021 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #6

    Munster,
    Did I get an apology from you for saying England fans smash up town centre’s?

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  • Asi Fish

    Jul 30, 2021 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #7

    Someone on Twitter keeps saying his wife has sold ASM furniture for delivery in NE so he is going no where………

    Twitter is a wonderful loon 🙂

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  • Romford mag

    Jul 30, 2021 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #8

    It’s all pretty depressing to be honest ! 🙁

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  • DubaiMicky

    Jul 30, 2021 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #9

    Alternatively Mund, Everton have offered £40m, NUFC holding out for £50m, should we sell him for that?

    If he wants away, yes, why keep a player who doesn’t want to be here? Only problem would be, would the Club see all that in revenue for us to buy replacements?

    I think not.

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  • Asi Fish

    Jul 30, 2021 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #10

    ASM update – made to measure furniture apparently for delivery in 5 weeks.

    I asked for details but all he would say is beds and sofas.

    Twitter is off the hook!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 30, 2021 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #11

    DMicky,
    If RM come up with the money for Richarlson and we’re prepared to sell for £50M then he’s gone.

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  • Just a Skinny Steve Bruce

    Jul 30, 2021 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #12

    sell who? maximin?

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  • Adamn_92

    Jul 30, 2021 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #13

    Asi

    Knowing the good charitable work he’s done around the area, wouldn’t surprise me if the beds and sofas were for others…

    If there’s any truth in that wild twitter rumour whatsoever of course 🙂

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  • Just a Skinny Steve Bruce

    Jul 30, 2021 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #14

    No way I’m watching that half-wit managing the toon another 3 years. He’s going to get hounded out within months.

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Jul 30, 2021 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #15

    I’m starting to fking hate this club. It’s just gets more depressing by the day. Ot beggars belief how a baffoon such as Bruce can be rewarded for midiocracy and handing him a ridiculous contract extention now will probably eat at our already bizarrely meagre transfer budget. Sick to the teeth with all of this. The only club with no signings. The only club that rewards the worst manager in EPL history and the takeover arbitration to be held next year and possibly approved once we’re relegated!

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  • Just a Skinny Steve Bruce

    Jul 30, 2021 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #16

    Can’t change my name Jail. Seems the Harrisons have removed or hidden the option presumably to prevent alts or insane people accusing others of being alts.

    1
  • DrGloom

    Jul 30, 2021 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #17

    Bruce with new contract, that’s sure to help season ticket sales…

    4
  • Just a Skinny Steve Bruce

    Jul 30, 2021 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #18

    JP
    Im almost done. For me its the lack of hope. In the past we had good players in the youths so I had hope. Now we just sniff around crap teams to see who they release.

    6
  • chancel be a fine thing

    Jul 30, 2021 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #19

    It just gets worse and worse under Ashley. Luckily he’s a fit and proper owner of a foofball club. Imagine the mess if we had someone who couldn’t pass the test. Doesn’t bear thinking about.

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  • Just a Skinny Steve Bruce

    Jul 30, 2021 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #20

    Last straw for me if that brainless moron gets a new deal.

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Jul 30, 2021 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #21

    The annoying thing is by Charnley and Ashley’s parameters Bruce has actually over achieved!!

    They would only look at the league table at the end of the season and wonder what all the fuss was about sadly

    It never seems like Toon fans will actually try something different but a boycott or a proper protest should really be considered

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  • chancel be a fine thing

    Jul 30, 2021 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #22

    Well played Detective Asi. Another case solved.

    3
  • Zhongguo Geordie

    Jul 30, 2021 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #23

    sorted

    0
  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Jul 30, 2021 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #24

    It would also make sense why Bruce has went into full on Ashley defence mode in recent interviews is he so desperate for that new contract that he has turned full patsy!?

    Did he not resign from Hull when they didn’t sign any players?

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  • onmeedsun

    Jul 30, 2021 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #25

    I have no problem with a new contract for Bruce, as long as we keep our better players and he’s given reasonable funds to improve the squad. He can still get sacked if we tank.

    3
  • onmeedsun

    Jul 30, 2021 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #26

    I will judge at end August.

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  • Asi Fish

    Jul 30, 2021 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #27

    I’m so itk by reposting what some loon on twitter has said lol

    Might put ASM in my FPL team………Rafa will bring the best out of him

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  • chancel be a fine thing

    Jul 30, 2021 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #28

    LCBP, That’s what I remember the press saying. I wonder now if he didn’t already have a better job lined up.
    Or maybe he just didn’t realise he was a shit manager back then.
    Bruce must surely be the most hated manager of all time. So many sets of fans hate him.
    To his credit he has managed to get Geordies and Mackems to see eye to eye on something.

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Jul 30, 2021 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #29

    I don’t see any major clubs coming in for ASM

    Everton and Villa might come in for him if they sell their star men but they aren’t the major clubs that ASM would be hoping for

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  • WLtoon

    Jul 30, 2021 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #30

    Don`t worry fellow bloggers, we all know Bruce is that bad at both managing the team and putting the club down, that it`s only a matter of time before he faces the wrath of the crowd, no matter how big or small it is.
    The hatred behind the rants of the crowd will be there for all to see, including the tv camera`s.
    Will Bruce have the guts to put up with that every week if results are poor? I doubt it very much.
    Bruce is used to abuse, he has had it at nearly every club he has been at, but he is in for one hell of a shock up here.
    Can`t wait for it all to unfold.

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  • Macas

    Jul 30, 2021 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #31

    It’s possible Ashley might free up more funds for players if Bruce signs the new deal, which might be the only positive

    1
  • ilovetoon8788

    Jul 30, 2021 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #32

    ASM rumors being off to Everton. Makes sense. Explains his absence in the last friendly.

    We are quite efficient in offloading players. Won’t be surprised.

    2
  • Adamn_92

    Jul 30, 2021 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #33

    I’d be pretty surprised if Rafa did want ASM at Everton to be fair. Doesn’t seem like the best working relationship in the making. Rafa will want him to close down and track back when needed, two things ASM doesn’t do too much of. Put it this way, Rafa really wanted to bring in Almiron, a work horse who will run all day, close down and track back happily. ASM couldn’t be more different in work rate and attitude on the pitch. He’s a fantastic player but I don’t think he’s the type Rafa would exactly splash out on.

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  • Optimistic prime

    Jul 30, 2021 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #34

    Onmehead

    Totally disagree with the kids tops.

    If anything kids will want to know why their tops aren’t the same as the players.

    If anything it’s drawing the kids attention to the logo not taking their minds off it!

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  • Optimistic prime

    Jul 30, 2021 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #35

    Is Munster off doing a jig after his man Bruce was awarded a three year contract?

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  • Optimistic prime

    Jul 30, 2021 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #36

    Munster

    Stop being a arse!

    You asked the wife for “machine guns and the tricolor” as your avatar, then claimed it was a joke.

    Stop trying to cause bother, if yours should be seem as a joke, so should Jails!

    Considering your blatant hatred of the English a little leg pulling regarding the Irish is the least you should expect.

    Go scream somewhere else!

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  • coming home

    Jul 30, 2021 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #37

    There’s absolutely no positives in Bruce signing 3 year contract NONE

    Infact it’s scandalous it’s criminal

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  • Optimistic prime

    Jul 30, 2021 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #38

    I’m happy with Bruces 3 year extension, I was expecting 8 😉

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  • coming home

    Jul 30, 2021 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #39

    OP

    It’s not even funny
    Anyone can see he is incompetent and even if we can chase him out he will probably get upwards of 6million for not having a scooby

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 30, 2021 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #40

    Ni ha? Zhongguo Geordie, bayu xhe 😀

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