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Poll – How Will Newcastle Begin The New Era Against Tottenham On Sunday?

A new era at Newcastle United began last week with the belated arrival of our ambitious new owners. They’ve been a breath of fresh air compared to the outgoing regime.

We’ve already heard of their ambitious plans to turn Newcastle United into one of the top clubs in the world. However, they have responsibly stressed that it will take a bit of patience to reach the pinnacle of our new journey.

There is plenty of work to be done in building Newcastle into a powerhouse but also in the interim. Newcastle’s dismal start have us in the relegation places and without a win this season.

The journey begins against Tottenham on Sunday at a sold-out St. James’ Park. The place will be absolutely rocking with hopefully more than a few Wor Flags waving. The atmosphere is going to out of this world.

It’s unknown at this point whether Steve Bruce will be on the touchline. He’s surprisingly still kept his position despite reports he would be let go with Graeme Jones taking over as caretaker manager. As of now, he remains the head coach.

On Monday, co-owners Amanda Staveley and Mehrdad Ghodoussi met the players and coaching staff. They also took in the afternoon training session which the club released footage of.

The video confirmed that Callum Wilson, Jamaal Lascelles, and Martin Dubravka were back in training. The status of the trio for Sunday is unknown but they are getting very close to a return.

Joe Willock has also shaken off the knock that forced an early exit at Wolves while Jonjo Shelvey got almost 80 minutes under his belt for the U23s last night. The vice-captain hopes to play some part on Sunday.

Spurs have had a tepid start to life under new manager Nuno Espirito Santo. However, they corrected a three-match slide in the league with a win at home over Aston Villa before the break. They are currently 8th in the Premier League.

How Will Newcastle Begin The New Era Against Tottenham On Sunday?

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111 comments so far

  • Zorro

    Oct 12, 2021 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #41

    Munster mag
    Can you give me your opinion on a total loser whos football over the years has been abysmal and has seen him sacked because of it an arrogant excuse laden muppet who is totally deluded and would rather see nufc relegated than do the decent thing and resign pre takeover
    Just wondering
    Bruce out now

  • sparky55

    Oct 12, 2021 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #42

    @38…I Guess that’s why they were so desperate to set up the European super league because incomes from Spanish TV and the Champions League couldn’t service the debt

    Hahaha…they’re fcuked and we’re not!

    Onwards and upwards

    Sheikh rattle and roll :):)

  • Raj of Hailsley

    Oct 12, 2021 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #43

    Can they not make him work night-shift which he obviously won’t like then sack him when he turns up pi$$ed one night.

  • Zorro

    Oct 12, 2021 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #44

    Just go away and play with your barbies
    Bruce out now

  • DubaiMicky

    Oct 12, 2021 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #45

    Exclusive: Newcastle owners impressed with Bruce’s conduct
    By Luke Edwards

    Steve Bruce has been praised by the new owners of Newcastle United for the way he has conducted himself throughout the 18 month takeover saga and thanked for helping to make it happen by keeping the club in the Premier League for the last two years.

    In a long conversation at the club’s training ground on Monday afternoon, Bruce is said to have been impressed with the way members of the consortium spoke to him and listened intently to their ambitions for the club.

    Staff at the training ground were surprised that Bruce returned to take training again on Tuesday morning alongside assistant coach Graeme Jones and there is a lot of uncertainty in the air with some supporters starting to question why it is taking so long for an announcement to be made about the managerial situation.

    As things stand, Bruce is on course to take charge of his 1000th game as a manager against Tottenham Hotspur at the weekend.

    That seems unlikely as sources connected to the new owners were still claiming on Tuesday that he will be removed before the weekend. But with a game to prepare for, the clock is ticking and a final decision is needed in order for the team to prepare properly to face Spurs.

    It seemed certain that Bruce would be sacked on Monday and he went into his first face to face meeting with key figures in the new regime anticipating that outcome. Instead he was told more conversations needed to take place and that no final decision on his future had been made.

    There is a possibility things could have changed since the weekend, particularly if chairman, Yasir Al-Rumayyan, has decided he would like Bruce to continue, at least until they can find a suitable replacement.

    The delay is more likely to have been caused by the fact that what was said in Monday’s meeting needs to be relayed back to Al-Rumayyan and other members of Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund, who are the majority stakeholders and have the final say.

    The former Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has emerged this week as the favourite to replace Bruce and interestingly the current Newcastle head coach has a good relationship with the former England international and was one of the first people to get in touch when he was sacked by Chelsea last season.

    It could even be that Bruce has recommended him as his successor, although that has not been confirmed by anyone involved in the process.

    It would be a strange decision to keep Bruce on given the toxic atmosphere surrounding him and the fact more than 90 per cent of supporters in two separate polls in the last ten days have said they want him to be sacked.

    Bruce’s continued presence in the dugout could threaten to sour the positive and celebratory mood inside St James’ Park against Spurs.

    What is apparent, is that the speed with which the takeover went through last week means they did not have a replacement lined up and wanted to do their due diligence.

    It is encouraging, though, that the new regime is treating Bruce with the respect and dignity he deserves. He has battled against supporter and local media animosity for most of his two seasons in charge but has a wealth of experience that can be tapped into.

    Telegraph Sport had learned the two most prominent public members of the consortium, Amanda Staveley and her husband Mehrdad Ghodoussi, have stressed how grateful they were for the fact he kept Newcastle up two years without any major investment in the squad under former owner Mike Ashley.

    Rather than merely hand Bruce his P45 and ask him to clear out his office it seems they genuinely wanted to talk to him about the club and their plans. The meeting lasted more than an hour.

    They have also expressed their appreciation for the way he talked about the takeover, particularly how it was in the best interests of the club when news of it first emerged 18 months ago and again in an exclusive interview with Telegraph Sport following its completion last week.

    Bruce said in that interview that he said he would step aside if it was in the best interests of the club and would not be bitter if that was what the new owners wanted.

  • Munster Mag

    Oct 12, 2021 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #46

    Wrong. Again. Nitwit.

    Never said better training. Incorrect.
    Did say he might get more out of Ashley, and some journos thought too. He did, we spent more.

    With apologies on behalf of my Nitwit pedantic friend who just can not move on!

    When are you going to shut up about rafa Bruce??

  • SholaShow

    Oct 12, 2021 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #47

    I want Raphinha from Leeds on one wing and ASM on the other – https://twitter.com/BrasilEdition/status/1447334854337732613

    Surely £60-70m should do it.

    £40-50m on Toney.

    Tarkowksi, Lingard, Tagliafico and Kamara for a combined £50m with 3 of them only having 6 months on their contracts.

    We’d already be looking very healthy come end of January –


    I can’t stop thinking of the naughty possibilities.

  • DubaiMicky

    Oct 12, 2021 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #48

    Maybe he is staying for a short while?

  • onmeedsun

    Oct 12, 2021 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #49

    I respect all posters on here and their views on all things NUFC, but I also think it’s a good thing the club is not directly run by our supporters. Imagine the carnage! For the first time in decades, we don’t have to question the motives of our owners who want what we do. A successful competitive team long term.


    Oct 12, 2021 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #50

    Thought I read somewhere that the UEA has given 1.5 billion euros to Barcelona to write off their debt.

  • DubaiMicky

    Oct 12, 2021 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #51

    Calibre of Newcastle’s next manager will reveal club’s true direction
    New owners espouse ‘long-term’ planning but football normally does not afford time, and wealthy owners, notoriously, even less so


    When Roman Abramovich bought Chelsea in 2003 they were in the Champions League and had John Terry and Frank Lampard at the heart of the team with their best years ahead of them. They had a qualifier to negotiate against Slovakian side Zilina, but that was routine enough.

    When Sheikh Mansour bought Manchester City in 2008 they had finished ninth in the Premier League the previous season and already had Vincent Kompany, Joe Hart and Micah Richards. All three were in the squad that won the league in 2012.

    Last week the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia bought Newcastle United with the club 19th, without a win this season, with a squad that is underwhelming and underperforming and, in terms of players, only Allan Saint-Maximin of the calibre to help fulfil the new owners’ ambitions.

    It kind of puts into perspective the job ahead for the next manager of Newcastle, should – as expected – Steve Bruce be sacked. In fact, a bit like following a legendary manager at a club, it might be better to be the man after the man who takes the job.

    At Chelsea and City they kept the managers they inherited in place longer than it appears Bruce will last, although both ended up going in messy circumstances. Claudio Ranieri was the “dead man walking” who nevertheless took Chelsea to a Champions League semi-final and finished second in the league, only behind the Arsenal ‘Invincibles’.

    Mark Hughes read news that he was being replaced by Roberto Mancini on the day of what proved to be his last game, with City sixth, six points off the top four and chief executive Garry Cook talking about the “trajectory of recent results” not being good enough.

    So it will be fascinating to see who Newcastle eventually hire – and what type of manager he is. Indeed, it is a completely unique situation, more so than at Chelsea or City, with the club coming off such a low base and with such a history of mediocrity and with so much work to do and yet now with such incredible levels of ambition and potential backing.

    It is almost like an experiment, as this is also taking place at a club where the infrastructure has been hugely neglected, the personnel level is low and with the new owners in the process of trying to hire a new chief executive in the next few weeks and discussing whether they need a sporting director, a director of football, a recruitment chief, an academy director – or an amalgamation of some of those roles.

    And, furthermore, with a team that is in the bottom three at present but with promises of a new era of winning trophies and sitting on top of the Premier League. It is like starting from scratch.

    The new owners, it must be stressed, have consistently stated that this will take time. The most used word last week was “long-term”. It was mentioned four times alone in the takeover announcement and that was clearly deliberate.

    Whoever is hired, then, surely will also be told this is about the “long-term” and that the targets they are set will be realistic and gradual. That will encourage them, although the reality is that the club has not been bought for a relegation battle and results will have to improve quickly. Football normally does not afford time, and wealthy owners, notoriously, even less so. Poor results are not in the brochure for billionaires, no matter how patient they say they are.

    There is also the issue of what that new manager expects. If it is to be a ‘big name’ then he will expect ‘big money’ to be spent quickly – although even with the funds potentially available it does not mean star players will be easily attracted.

    Blackburn Rovers won the Premier League in 1995, Leicester City in 2016. But they are the outliers. Leicester thrive but they are not a Champions League club. Newcastle’s ambition is to be the disruptors who stick around but it is becoming far more difficult to do that. Catching City, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United is going to take time. They all have a huge advantage.

    All these variables lead to an inevitable question: what type of manager should Newcastle hire and what should be his job specification? Or can Bruce be given more time? It is these ponderables that are exercising those now running the club, especially as they also have to put forward a clear case to PIF, who sign off on decisions, as to what should happen next.

    Given what has been said it would appear to have to be someone with a proven track record, who has won things, but who is prepared to be patient and work at a club where the improvements will be gradual rather than immediate. And that specific brief might be a contradiction for someone with ego and ambition. Big-name managers do not tend to want to wait. Elite managers do not want to hang around while a club drags itself up to scratch. But can Newcastle get to where they want to be without an elite manager? That may be the man they hire after the man they hire next.

    One alternative is to go for a younger, far less proven manager with talent and potential himself who can grow with the club. But identifying that person would not be easy because, obviously, there is a far greater element of risk attached.

    Whoever Newcastle bring in, should Bruce go, it will provide a clue as to the direction the club is heading in and how long they think it will take to get there. And whoever Newcastle hire may also know that it probably will not be him who achieves those ambitions.

    (Interesting last para)

  • Raj of Hailsley

    Oct 12, 2021 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #52


  • jane

    Oct 12, 2021 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #53

    some more anagrams of Jail for Ashley
    joe flashy liar
    ali joy flasher
    Oraa jellyfish
    jolly hair safe
    joey Rafa shill

  • lesh

    Oct 12, 2021 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #54


    I’ll go along with your thoughts on barracking Bruce on Sunday, to a degree.

    I’m confident that even if he’s in the dugout or wherever, the atmosphere at SJP’ll be electric and if the new board are going to be there, the crowd’ll really will be wound up making so much noise and backing the team, that Bruce’ll go unnoticed….ish.

    No matter what the result, it’d be a real opportunity for fans to let Amanda et al know that they are firmly behind them and I’m sure the Board are well aware that Bruceyboy should go. Give him his 100Oth match and even if we win, let him go quietly – when they’ve got someone in place.

  • sparky55

    Oct 12, 2021 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #55

    @45…I have no words!

  • Raj of Hailsley

    Oct 12, 2021 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #56

    Shut it naje 😀

  • Not another deJong

    Oct 12, 2021 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #57


    Not entirely sure but Sean Dyche at Watford was sacked in July 2012 by the new owners. Good old Pozzo family to the rescue.

  • chancel be a fine thing

    Oct 12, 2021 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #58

    I see you’ve been busy Jane. How long did that list take you?

  • TheTinman

    Oct 12, 2021 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #59

    “Vincent Kompany, Joe Hart and Micah Richards”

    “Newcastle only have ASM”

    Sorry but I stopped reading at that point.

    Lascelles, Dubravka, Willock, Saint Max and Wilson, with the right players around them, could all form part of a squad that can challenge for a title.

    We’ve got a lot of good players.
    But the rest are championship level mainly.
    We don’t have any depth so suffer badly when we get injuries.
    We have had an incompetent ignoranus as a manager.

    We’re not in as bad a position as the pundits are making out.

    Once we get that rotten Bruce out the door we will be so much better off

  • chancel be a fine thing

    Oct 12, 2021 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #60

    Jolly hair safe is the best IMO. High In irony factor.

  • chancel be a fine thing

    Oct 12, 2021 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #61

    Rafa would be the ideal short term manager to keep us up, but I’d like to see a more expansive style in the long term.
    Obviously not going to happen though. But it would be funny to listen to the toffees fans moan about losing a manager who they were dishing out the threats and hate to just a few months ago.

  • Wor B

    Oct 12, 2021 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #62


    Don’t listen to OP.

    Bob the Hebburn scaffolder was kept on for an emergency chimney stack job round the back of the co-op after that take-over.

  • chancel be a fine thing

    Oct 12, 2021 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #63

    A change of football philosophy takes time to take hold, just look at Potter; first two seasons Brighton finished in their usual just above relegation position, but we’re playing great football, but without the end product.
    This season things seem to have finally clicked however.
    It’ll be interesting to see what kind of manager we get in next. For me it should be someone who knows how to organise a defence and be familiar with when and how to press.


    Oct 12, 2021 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #64

    We’re rich I tell you, RICH!!

  • Not another deJong

    Oct 12, 2021 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #65


    Sam Allardyce at Blackburn – but not the best example of competent owners

  • SholaShow

    Oct 12, 2021 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #66

    Potter’s Brighton falling away dramatically is more likely than not. Not convinced by him.

    Sure Eddie Howe will have had Bournemouth up in 6th-7th briefly at some stage too.

  • magicmac54

    Oct 12, 2021 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #67

    Ideally in a perfect world Bruce would be gone before the Tottenham game, and i would be delighted if he was gone asap, but as far as iam concerned he has been on the periphery for quite some time now and Graeme Jones has been the main man for quite some time now, and the players respect Jones, so i can`t see Bruce having any detrimental effect on the peformance or result on Sunday, as Liam Kennedy said on NUFC Matters tonight if you had told the fans this time last week, the takeover would be completed next week, but you would have to endure Bruce for a short time longer the fans would have been delighted with that outcome, i totally agree with Liam Kennedy, the unmentionable scourge has gone, Bruce is history a dead man walking, and will be gone very soon also. HWTL

  • Not another deJong

    Oct 12, 2021 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #68

    keep Bruce – win – speculation continues
    keep Bruce – lose – 90% uproar
    temporarily replace Bruce with Jones – win – positivity escalates
    temporarily replace Bruce with Jones – lose – positivity dented but still overriding joy at new era.

    The latter option seems the safest bet.

  • WLtoon

    Oct 12, 2021 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #69

    Does anyone think there could be a new owners ounce on Sunday, i would like to think so.
    At the end of the day though we are still underdogs against Spurs so don`t be too disappointed if we do lose.
    The new owners won`t be putting the boots on, so lets hope St Max and maybe Wilson if he plays, can hit the onion bag to send the Geordies wild.

  • Uncertain Toon/World

    Oct 12, 2021 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #70

    Giving him his 1000th game out of respect could actually be a thing, as well as coming the logical conclusion that he can’t really do any worse at this point of course 😆

  • Ron Knee

    Oct 12, 2021 at 7:27 PM

    Comment #71

    Not another

    Do you think they should dispense with Bruce’s services before appointing a DoF?

  • TyneMouth

    Oct 12, 2021 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #72

    A sensible and appropriate strategy would be to place Bruce on ‘Gardening Leave’
    I understand that SB is associated with certain vegetables. Just sayin’…

  • JP...from The Rock

    Oct 12, 2021 at 7:44 PM

    Comment #73

    Just imagine that the consortium keep Bruce for the Spurs game and by some miracle or because the players are really up for it due to the takeover he manages to win us the game. Then the owners would think well let’s give him a couple of more games. With mixed results we reach January and for some reason that’s beyond me take his advice on transfers and when the team stops performing for him again and we go on a rotten trot it will be too late to change the tide with a good manager and we are possibly relegated! Although unlikely, it’s possible the longer that fraud Bruce stays on.

  • DubaiMicky

    Oct 12, 2021 at 7:44 PM

    Comment #74

    Putting him on gardening leave is not a good look, he loses all credibility, I disagree with it.

    Agree a payment for the three Steves and move on, they were old wood.

    First thing is to get a DoF in and get him to decide.

    However, will Jones agree to that?

  • jane

    Oct 12, 2021 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #75

    “Sean Dyche at Watford was sacked in July 2012 by the new owners.”

    yep during the off-season. similarities with Bruce though..

    “The Pozzo family also recognises Sean’s impeccable conduct, representing the Hornets with honour and dignity at all times.”


  • jane

    Oct 12, 2021 at 7:53 PM

    Comment #76

    if there is a tongue in cheek emoji i would have used it.

  • captainmarvel

    Oct 12, 2021 at 7:57 PM

    Comment #77

    By standing by Bruce they will be pouring cold water not only on our special day but they will have spoilt the whole occasion..

    Here is a chance to celebrate, even if we lose, but if Bruce is standing there there will be some lost respect..

    Is that worth it?

  • TyneMouth

    Oct 12, 2021 at 7:58 PM

    Comment #78


    ‘Gardening Leave’ is certainly ‘not a good look’

    My comment was meant to be light-hearted!

    If it was up to me I’d sack him immediately, this man (SB) has done enough damage to our club.

    Enough is enough!

    Time to move on. Chop, Chop,!!!

  • jane

    Oct 12, 2021 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #79

    doesn’t look as if Allardyce wa sacked before the firs match after the takeover. good examples though.

    “The Rao family completed their £43m takeover of Rovers through their newly formed company, Venky’s London Limited, on 19 October.”

    “Allardyce was later sacked by new owners the Venky’s on 13 December 2010, with Rovers placed 13th in the league.”

  • Toon Tang

    Oct 12, 2021 at 8:00 PM

    Comment #80

    Feels strange watching this England squad knowing it’ll make up a large part of our squad next season…


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