There is yet another article out claiming that Steve Bruce will be let go ahead of our next match against Tottenham next Sunday. The latest comes from Jason Burt in the The Telegraph. It was Burt’s colleague, Luke Edwards, who got an exclusive interview with Bruce on the night of the takeover’s completion.
During that interview, Bruce admitted the new owners would likely want to appoint their own manager to ‘launch things for them.’ Though he did express his desire to continue on and show them what he could do.
However, Bruce is one match short of 1,000 games managed and likely doesn’t have anything to offer that he hasn’t already shown over his long career. His days appear to be numbered and he will almost certainly leave Newcastle sometime next week.
Bruce and the players return for training on Monday after having the last three days off. Bruce is expected to meet with the new owners this week. If he is sacked, Graeme Jones is expected to remain on board as caretaker manager.
It has been previously reported that Frank McParland will lead the search for a new manager. The former Liverpool Academy Manager is filling an advisory role which is expected to become formal.
The Telegraph has added that PIF Governor Yasir Al-Rumayyan, who is now a non-executive chairman at Newcastle, will help make the decision on Bruce’s successor. Newcastle are also searching for a chief executive and a sporting director, with the highly-respected Ralf Rangnick (shown above) in contention for the latter role.
Rangnick is currently the Head of Sports and Development with Russian club Lokomotiv Moscow. He previously served in the same role for the company Red Bull, which owns RB Leipzig, RB Salsburg, and New York Red Bulls.
The German has managed numerous Bundesliga clubs as well as being the Sporting Director for RB Salzburg and RB Leipzig. One potential stumbling block on his appointment is that he just joined Lokomotiv Moscow on a three-year contract in July.
While Bruce’s tenure at Newcastle looks to be coming to an end, former managing director Lee Charnley is set to stay on for slightly longer than originally anticipated. The Mail is reporting that Charnley’s inside knowledge of the club has been an asset to the new owners.