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New Owners To Begin Search For Manager, Chief Executive, And Sporting Director



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.


142 comments so far

  • Scythe For Bruce

    Oct 10, 2021 at 9:10 PM

    Comment #81

    France hit the bar and the ball bounces on goal line, then Spain immediately take the ball down other end and score. Oh football.

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  • Scythe For Bruce

    Oct 10, 2021 at 9:11 PM

    Comment #82

    And then from the kick off France immediately go to the other end and score.

    This game just came alive.

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  • Scythe For Bruce

    Oct 10, 2021 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #83

    Nicky

    I’m sure Bruce will be happy with a show of respect in the form of a few million quid dropping into his bank account and a nice holiday somewhere hotter than Newcastle.

    Probably Margate.

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  • Harley

    Oct 10, 2021 at 9:14 PM

    Comment #84

    Scythe for Bruce

    Its one of the actual coaches I know. They may have meant this season or they may have even been exaggerating. Either way i totally believe he doesn’t do anywhere near the work and research he should.

    Btw love the fact you googled it though!!! Lol!!

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  • Scythe For Bruce

    Oct 10, 2021 at 9:16 PM

    Comment #85

    Wasn’t it reported that Bruce was starting to be adversely affected by all of the verbal abuse he was getting recently? Maybe he’ll be relieved to walk away a few million richer?

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  • Harley

    Oct 10, 2021 at 9:17 PM

    Comment #86

    Worried about a foreign manager with no premier league experience coming in. If we were 10th I’d be ok but sitting in 19th I feel we need someone who knows how to deal with the current plight.

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  • Scythe For Bruce

    Oct 10, 2021 at 9:17 PM

    Comment #87

    Harley

    Haha! I read that story a few weeks ago when we signed that young Mexican striker and everyone expected him to play in the U23 game. I remembered that Bruce was spotted there and it jogged my memory when you mentioned it 🙂

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  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Oct 10, 2021 at 9:19 PM

    Comment #88

    Benzema, phenomenal player, just a perfect number 9. Does everything a centre forward ideally should. Hasn’t quite received the adulation his performances, particularly over the last 5 years warrant. Comfortably among the top 5 footballers in the world in that time, in my opinion.

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  • DubaiMicky

    Oct 10, 2021 at 9:21 PM

    Comment #89

    To all those against our takeover, suck on it, it’s happened, Support the team not the regime.

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  • Scythe For Bruce

    Oct 10, 2021 at 9:21 PM

    Comment #90

    Favre has managed in the Swiss, French and German leagues, so he’s got a wealth of experience to bring to the table. Football is football no matter what language is being spoken on the pitch. He’s an English speaker and should be able to get his ideas across pretty easily.

    I’m going to be gutted if Lampard/Gerrard or Howe get announced next week…

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  • Scythe For Bruce

    Oct 10, 2021 at 9:23 PM

    Comment #91

    Nicky

    That was a lovely goal that Benzema just scored for France. Nicely curled into the top corner. Keeper could only get a slight fingertip on it.

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  • Munster Mag

    Oct 10, 2021 at 9:28 PM

    Comment #92

    Scythe I totally agree. I have zero interest in seeing a British focus on coaching and recruitment unless they are top level coaches or players. And Howe Lampard etc are not top level. At all.

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  • mctoon

    Oct 10, 2021 at 9:29 PM

    Comment #93

    Great reading on the blog today, including the debating of Saudi ownership.
    Personally I’ll not get involved with that other than to say it is an emotive subject and every Newcastle fan has the absolute right to express their feelings on the subject, here, should they wish to do so.

    With the football debate, I’m majorly in the Ralf Rangnick camp, as Hibbett has previously said, get the sporting director in first and let him decide on which manager and staff fit in with his ethos on football.
    Rangnick has been there and done it, building clubs from the root. His footballing philosophy of counter attacking one touch football is exciting and I think he would quickly build something here that is quite special.
    He will also know the manager best suited to put those ideas into practice on the pitch.

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  • Scythe For Bruce

    Oct 10, 2021 at 9:29 PM

    Comment #94

    Micky

    Man City are funded by the UAE and they’re not exactly clean as a whistle, are they? Man Utd had links with the Saudis a few years ago too, so the fact either one of them alone have complained about our takeover is an absolute joke.

    They’ll all be sending their players away to Qatar next year for the World Cup as well, with no whining about their record either.

    It’s jealousy pure and simple.

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  • LGFUAD21

    Oct 10, 2021 at 9:32 PM

    Comment #95

    Conte i just see as a mercenary. Not financially but in terms of trophy collection. He’s part of a lineage of Italian managers that do that. You look at all the fantastic managers to come out of Italy. There is no loyalty in that league.

    Ancellotti – Milan, Juve and Napoli
    Capello – Milan, Juve, Roma
    Lippi – Inter, Juve, Napoli
    Trapattoni – Juve, Inter, Fiorentina

    I love these coaches football minds. I grew up on Italian football. It produces geniuses but they dont produce “project coaches”.

    Ralf seems like he could come in and work with Jones to ensure safety then step up to executive only with a manager of his choice. He’s got a track record of club building. Conte has a record of winning but not building. His early career he jumped around smaller, lower level teams with frequency. He restored Juve to the top and kept them there. Then he walked into Italy national team, a Chelsea squad that were defending champions and was heavily backed at Inter (until he wasnt at which point he threw his toys out of the pram)

    I still think hes a great coach but I see it as no less a risk bringing him in than someone like Lucien Favre or Martinez despite the trophy cabinet.

    Conte is very tactical as a coach. Even at his time at smaller clubs in Italy he was working with players brought up in a tactical environment. I worry he’d fry the brains of some of our lot.

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  • Scythe For Bruce

    Oct 10, 2021 at 9:32 PM

    Comment #96

    Mbapppe with a delightful (totally offside) goal there. VAR must have been asleep on that one.

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  • mctoon

    Oct 10, 2021 at 9:37 PM

    Comment #97

    I’d also like to throw Joakim Maehle’s name into the mix for player recruitment, right footed left back who had a great Euro’s with Denmark and continues to impress.
    Plays for Atalanta who are currently playing champions league so might be difficult to get in January but may be a possible target come summer.

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  • sparky55

    Oct 10, 2021 at 9:37 PM

    Comment #98

    chicken or egg…Sporting director / DOF or manager first?

    Won’t a manger taking on this project want turtle control from the off?..or will it be understood from the off that the DOF is the boss?

    It’ll be interesting which appointment comes first and who reports to who?

    Always an interesting one that one!

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  • LGFUAD21

    Oct 10, 2021 at 9:38 PM

    Comment #99

    Scythe

    Agree. While I still think Lampard, Howe and Gerrard can all achieve great things in their careers I think there is a huge risk in bringing them here. Gerrard looks destined for Liverpool (I’d say he needs to prove himself in England but not here).

    Howe needs to find his next gig sharp as his reputation is cooling. Coaching lags behind players. English players are getting there, coaches will take another 5-10 years to come through.

    Football is football but a relegation dog fight is another beast at this club. At least the fans will be on your side (hopefully).

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  • coming home

    Oct 10, 2021 at 9:38 PM

    Comment #100

    NufcMagpie

    You have every right to your feelings
    But keep them off a football blog please

    Have you ever thought of dressing up as a tree and standing outside a Barclays bank ?

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  • Scythe For Bruce

    Oct 10, 2021 at 9:40 PM

    Comment #101

    Lloris is a top keeper on his day. He’s kept France in this game.

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  • LGFUAD21

    Oct 10, 2021 at 9:41 PM

    Comment #102

    I’ll add that this season is different. I think the squad we had when we got relegated last time was far better than the current one. If Rafa had been working with them all season I dont think a top 10 finish wouldve been ridiculous.

    Our current squad is so unbalanced. We dont have a proper LB other than young Lewis. We dont have any muscle in the heart of our midfield (Hayden is the closest we have to a CDM). We have one striker we can rely on.

    I honestly think the challenge facing us without some decent acquisitions is pretty huge. I like the link to Tarkowski, solid, prem experience and has been in relegation battles before.

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  • LGFUAD21

    Oct 10, 2021 at 9:43 PM

    Comment #103

    Nicky.

    Aye. Benzema is underappreciated. He’s been delivering consistently for years now always playing second fiddle for most of it. It was telling by how little time it took for him to turn the game around for France when he came on in the Euros (cant remember who they were playing against)

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  • Scythe For Bruce

    Oct 10, 2021 at 9:51 PM

    Comment #104

    sparky55

    Working with a DOF is more normal over on the continent, so the likes of Favre shouldn’t have too much trouble in that set-up. He worked with Michael Zorc at Dortmund and didn’t have any issues with that. It’s just a strange concept in this country though 🙂

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  • Scythe For Bruce

    Oct 10, 2021 at 9:53 PM

    Comment #105

    In England I mean, not the States!

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  • sparky55

    Oct 10, 2021 at 9:55 PM

    Comment #106

    Nicky @81…I really can’t see the lummox getting another job in football after this gig…he’s got more money than he can spend in his lifetime and he can now concentrate on what he does best…drinking himself into oblivion without having to go to work!

    If they had alcohol testing for all employees as they walked through the training ground gates he would never have got in!

    He’s had a good run…much longer than his qualities merited…so don’t feel sorry for him.

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  • sparky55

    Oct 10, 2021 at 9:59 PM

    Comment #107

    scythe@106

    I have nothing to offer as I’ve never really seen that structure at work…I just think it’s an interesting topic and I’m interested in how Amanda will approach this. Maybe appoint both at the same time on the understanding of the DOF structure…who knows!

    Let’s see how it unfolds!…all good fun

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  • cleveleysbob

    Oct 10, 2021 at 10:00 PM

    Comment #108

    Miles offside that Mbappe goal, wonder how much Qatar paid the VAR guy to come up with that one? 🙂

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  • Inhale too Rashley

    Oct 10, 2021 at 10:00 PM

    Comment #109

    😀

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  • cleveleysbob

    Oct 10, 2021 at 10:00 PM

    Comment #110

    Munster, glad you decided on the A6, you’ll love it, great cars.

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  • Scythe For Bruce

    Oct 10, 2021 at 10:03 PM

    Comment #111

    cleveleysbob

    It was very strange that they didn’t even show a VAR replay with the lines drawn in showing him to be inside. They didn’t show it because it would have shown he was obviously offside. Spain have been robbed blind there I reckon.

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  • cleveleysbob

    Oct 10, 2021 at 10:05 PM

    Comment #112

    I’m now formally out of all discussions on Human Rights. I made my views clear on here yesterday which are still valid. A couple of my points earlier today seem to have been misconstrued so it’s better left alone.

    Just the football from now on, and concentrating on the Richest Club on the Planet. I love saying that. 🙂

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  • cleveleysbob

    Oct 10, 2021 at 10:07 PM

    Comment #113

    Agreed totally Scythe, robbed by a dodgy non decision, he looked nearly a yard off.

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  • coming home

    Oct 10, 2021 at 10:09 PM

    Comment #114

    Jail

    You’ve got to come up with something better than that
    Your making the blog a laughing stock

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  • Lascelles sells sea shells by the sea shore

    Oct 10, 2021 at 10:10 PM

    Comment #115

    Nicky TBT

    Talking of Benzema, absolute class player, always reminded of me of Shearer, pity he wasn’t available a few years younger now… We’d finally have a target who could finally replace Big Al!

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  • NY Mag

    Oct 10, 2021 at 10:10 PM

    Comment #116

    Jail,

    Why don’t you go back to your raj days…good fun 🙂

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  • sparky55

    Oct 10, 2021 at 10:11 PM

    Comment #117

    I can confirm Bruce was not in the cheeky Pub in Quinta tonight…so that means fcuk all to anything! 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

    fingers crossed for the morra!

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  • coming home

    Oct 10, 2021 at 10:12 PM

    Comment #118

    NYMag

    He’s always been raj

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  • SholaShow

    Oct 10, 2021 at 10:12 PM

    Comment #119

    https://twitter.com/Benzinixo/status/1447260577169039362

    All is not well with Rangnik in Moscow according to this guy.

    Does sound like a dictatorial type. Never been comfortable with the disconnect between sporting directors and managers, but I guess I’ll have to get used to it and at least if we appoint the sporting director first the manager knows what he’s getting himself into.

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  • ITUNDERASHELL

    Oct 10, 2021 at 10:13 PM

    Comment #120

    Absolutely agree 100% MCTOON #99

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