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Report – Bruce Has Impressed New Owners But Still Likely To Be Replaced

Steve Bruce has survived another day at Newcastle United as the clock ticks down to Sunday’s match against Spurs. The head coach’s future remains on life support but he has reportedly made a positive impression on the new owners.

In an exclusive in The Telegraph, Luke Edwards sheds some light on Bruce’s continuing presence with the club. The 60-year-old took training on Tuesday which reportedly was a surprise to some staff.

On Monday, Bruce met with members of the board and was impressed with the way he was received. They reportedly listened intently to what he had to say hoping to gain as much information on the club that could be gleaned.

This was also the approach the new owners are taking with Lee Charnley, who reportedly will remain on for a bit longer than initially anticipated. Charnley knows all the inner workings of the club and can be of immense help with the transition.

With the takeover happening unexpectedly last week, the new owners are taking advantage of the wealth of information that Bruce and Charnley are able to provide. This will help ensure the transition is as smooth as possible.

Edwards states that Bruce was commended for keeping Newcastle in the Premier League. The new owners also were pleased with his public stance on the takeover before and after its completion.

Bruce has been told that no final decision has been made and that more dialogue will take place in the immediate future. However, it is still believed that Bruce will be let go later this week.

The Northern Echo has added that the consortium prefer to have a replacement identified and ‘all-but-guaranteed’ before letting Bruce go. New non-executive chairman Yasir Al-Rumayyan will have to greenlight a decision on Bruce’s future as well as his replacement.

The PIF governor is expected to be at St. James’ Park on Sunday. Edwards suspects the delay in a decision on Bruce could be due to Al-Rumayyan needing to be briefed on Monday’s meeting. Both The Telegraph and The Northern Echo still feel it is highly unlikely Bruce will remain on board by Sunday’s match against Spurs.

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187 comments so far

  • The Bard of Bensham Bank

    Oct 13, 2021 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #161

    We need a new gaffer, so who will it be?
    Martinez or Potter? I guess we’ll soon see
    Some fans are nostalgic and want Al or KK
    Although I don’t see Amanda quite thinking that way

    Lampard or Gerrard? Surely too much too soon
    So who will we see being unveiled at the Toon?
    Will Conte or Favre come in from abroad?
    And with Rodgers now favourite he can’t be ignored

    We can now dream of Brendan and his shiny white teeth
    Taking over from Brucey the oxygen thief
    Bringing Tielemans,Maddison and Jamie Vardy
    As we’re no longer hamstrung by Laurel and Hardy

    But I just have a hunch they might go for Zidane
    A big name and available,he could just be our man
    He’d look good in the dugout accompanied by Bonna
    So at 20/1 I think I’ll stick on a ‘oner’

  • Optimistic prime

    Oct 13, 2021 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #162

    For all you screaming about managers not having Prem experience I’ve got one thing to say


  • Mister Tuff

    Oct 13, 2021 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #163

    No to Rodgers his teeth are too big.

    Clearly got another patients teeth in error when he got his new set fitted.

  • The Prince's Mate

    Oct 13, 2021 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #164

    Manure Ununited…..now I know what a sour grape looks like…..tough ti##y

  • The Prince's Mate

    Oct 13, 2021 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #165

    Rodger’s has got big teeth and no lips….whats going on there?

  • martoon

    Oct 13, 2021 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #166

    Bard @161 – Brilliant as always and you managed not to upset any posters 😉

  • The Bard of Bensham Bank

    Oct 13, 2021 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #167

    Brendan now as short as 11/8 with skybet

  • The Prince's Mate

    Oct 13, 2021 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #168

    @162, yeah but he’s just crap ..

  • The Prince's Mate

    Oct 13, 2021 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #169

    The Bard of Bensham Bank

    Oct 13, 2021 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #167
    Brendan now as short as 11/8 with skybet

    I thought he was shorter than that?….aaalll get me coat

  • The Bard of Bensham Bank

    Oct 13, 2021 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #170

    Thanks Martoon.

    I believe not upsetting anyone is the way forward on here these days 😀

    Apparently Steve Wraith has got hold of my Keith P inspired poem from takeover day and is going to use it in a podcast

    Mind you, the lad who told me could be on the wind up – he’s worse than me.

    Dubai Micky said he was going to put it on Twitter and as he knows Mitch I guess it’s possible it’s ended up with Wraith.

    Either way i can’t see it leading to a call from the Poetry Foundation 😀

  • Bills Son Is Back

    Oct 13, 2021 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #171


    A miserable stain on the blog…

    No matter what name he goes by.

  • Solano slice

    Oct 13, 2021 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #172

    Morning bloggers.
    Hoping today is the day Bruce boy is gone I have £100 on him at 4/1 to be next man sacked

    I also had £5 on him at 17/1 and £50 @9/1 but Watford manager getting sacked ruined that for me. Moral of the story please bet responsibily.

    Would love to be at the Spurs game I’d say atmosphere will be something to remember with or without the Bruce at the helm.

    Next match I have pencilled in is the Arsenal game as my mate is season ticket holder and can’t go.

    Hoping to get up to Newcastle sooner rather than later though.

    I used to be able to get package from Thomas cook tickets and accommodation but noticed they weren’t available last year, not sure about year before, anyone know of something similar will be coming back.

    Would also help with magicmac and anyone else looking to travel over in the near future if anyone had any info but probably a bit early in the Saudis tenure fir them to have anything sorted yet

  • Solano slice

    Oct 13, 2021 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #173

    My hope is for conte to come in but I think that might be a stretch to day at the minute so like others have said I wouldn’t mind an intern till end of season on Howe or Lampard.

    I’m quite sure that there is enough time left in the season for is not to be worried about relegation after all Brice kept us up for 2 years I’m sure most managers given proper resources and few signings in Jan we will be fine.
    I’m expecting the teams overall performance to go up drastically with players busting a gut to impress the new owners and be part of the team going forward.

    Id be happy with a point to start the Saudi campaign won’t be too upset if we don’t take anything as the future is bright and I am happy that my only concern is not avoiding relegation anymore.

  • geordietom

    Oct 13, 2021 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #174

    We have to remember Amanda and CO havent been in the job a week yet , they will be putting all the peices together get everything right getting the right people into the club from top to bottom , i think we shall see some movement this week on the manager front …

    rome wasn’t built in a day have patience lads and lasses …

  • Solano slice

    Oct 13, 2021 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #175

    Bruce at the training ground again

  • carltoon

    Oct 13, 2021 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #176

    I’ll be really disappointed if Bruce is in the dugout, but having thought about it for a few days I’ll have to accept whatever the new board decide, we have no say as usually.There will be valid reasons for letting him have this last game.

  • hibbit

    Oct 13, 2021 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #177

    Solano hopefully packing 😀

  • the crown princes nashers

    Oct 13, 2021 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #178

    they havent even had a week yet to do anything, plus this takeover was done on short notice for them so like tom said bit of patients is the virtue here, we all want bruce sacked but its just not that simple as of yet they need ready made replacements lined up and all this takes time

    the match on sunday will be historic as well as thrilling for the full house, if Yasir Al-Rumayyan is there on sunday he be there with government officals and all the major tv in the world be there what an atmosphere its going to be and am still stone jealous but I will be watching from the tv screen to all whos going well you be lost for words and able to say I WAS THERE 🙂

  • martoon

    Oct 13, 2021 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #179

    Bard @170 – I missed your takeover day one so could you post it again to save me having to search thousands of posts that day?

    geordietom @174 – Totally agree – I think they’ll make a full assessment before they start making changes.

  • Wor B

    Oct 13, 2021 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #180


    You’re right, the anagram machine draws a blank with your new name. 🙁

    So I hunted out my 1979 Casio scientific calculator, it came up with this…

    (Y) + (=)


  • captainmarvel

    Oct 13, 2021 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #181

    Although Amanda and her husband are here I doubt they have the power to dismiss Bruce.
    It would have to wait for Al-Rumayyan to make that decision..
    Owning 10% does not give you the ultimate power to make game changing plans. only partnership, an input yes but that is all.
    So, while people get frustrated as Bruce is still here, it will be up to the chairman to take whatever action he deems necessary.

  • the crown princes nashers

    Oct 13, 2021 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #182

    that is true captain, he is due in on sunday as well which will be very interesting

  • Munster Mag

    Oct 13, 2021 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #183

    Sólanna, good to hear from u again, aboy the kid!

  • captainmarvel

    Oct 13, 2021 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #184

    I wish my grammar was better, it is what it is..
    Anyways, I would imagine when all boxes are ticked and tees are crossed Mandy will be running things on a day to day basis. Until then it is going to be a guessing game for all supporters..

  • Wor B

    Oct 13, 2021 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #185

    The captain knows his onions

    Big Al holds the power.


  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Oct 13, 2021 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #186

    It would be an opportunity missed if Bruce is still in dugout on Sunday, but one thing is for sure is that if he is, it will not be because the new owners are sentimentally letting him rack up 1000 games before sacking him – these are business people who don’t give a stuff about Bruce’s ego.

    Things are happening behind the scenes on the managerial front, investment in the academy, training ground as well as the playing staff. Relationships with the NUST, NUFC Foodbank et al are being forged so that there’s a greater connection between club and the community, which is all great stuff.

    Sunday’s scenes will be epic, regardless of Bruce in the dugout, and largely regardless of the result.

    We’ve waited 14 years for this folks, so patience may be in short supply for many of us. Stop and smell the roses, enjoy the ride, we’re a football club again. That’s worth smiling about.

  • boltonmagpie

    Oct 13, 2021 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #187

    If Bruce is still there v Spurs that means that no decision on a new Manager has yet been made. TBH I am still pinching myself that this deal has gone through. Hopefully we can get a new man in and get the “bounce” that usually brings. Personally I would go for Graham Potter. Give him a 3 year contract with a 1 year option. We are a rich club, but a club in transition. Having said that if 1st step is to appoint a proper Director of Football, maybe wait for managerial/Head Coach appointment once that position is filled.
    Serious underinvestment in the squad has left us very vulnerable. Rather than buy a “signature” player in January I would rather get 4 or or 5 players in. We need a quick defender, box to box tackling and quick midfielder, scoring no. 10, 1 or 2 strikers. If each 1 cost between £20m and £50m we would easily be upgrading. We also need to offload, but may have to wait until the summer to do that.

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