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Sky Sports Provides Update On Bruce As He Again Takes Training

Steve Bruce has again arrived at the training ground to take training this morning. There has still been no decision made public on his future. Though most expect the 60-year-old will be relieved of his duties before our next match against Tottenham on Sunday.

Sky Sports’ Keith Downie was camped outside the training ground this morning when Bruce arrived. He has given a lengthy update on the situation which Sky Sports has put on their Twitter account.

Downie still believes Bruce will be let go later this week. He points out that Thursday is a day off from training so that could be when the decision is made. The club have canceled media briefings set for then which were originally scheduled for Bruce’s pending 1,000th match as a manager.

Downie repeatedly stressed in his update that the new owners want to do things the right way. He also revealed that the abruptness of Thursday’s takeover has left them without a plan in place so they are scrambling to find candidates for multiple positions including the next manager.

Bruce will also receive close to £8m in compensation if he is sacked. Downie points out a compensation package of that size can become a complicated process. There are a lot of factors that need sorting before the board is comfortable on making their decision.

However, the press conference for Tottenham will be on Friday morning. Surely we’ll find out about Bruce’s fate by then. Either way, the takeover is complete and the future looks very bright.

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30 comments so far


    Oct 13, 2021 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #1

    1st time ever

  • Mund

    Oct 13, 2021 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #2

    Let’s hope this goes on to his wrong list

    Sean Casey
    Level 1:
    Big News – Sam Allardyce on Tyneside tonight to discuss a short term deal #nufc

  • Mund

    Oct 13, 2021 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #3

    Looks like a wind up thank foot

    Sean Casey
    Obviously not true someone messing with my phone #nufc


    Oct 13, 2021 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #4

    Would love big Sam back on Tyneside, Him and Bruce were magnificent!

  • cleveleysbob

    Oct 13, 2021 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #5

    The whole Bruce situation worries me. I know football is on “another planet” compared to most industries/companies, but a guy who has spectacularly failed to achieve his targets without considerable outside help, and who hasn’t won a game yet this season shouldn’t be contractually able to walk away with £8M – it’s just not right! What a huge reward for failure.

    Season 1 – he kept us up, but inherited a really well functioning squad and needed a couple of lucky streaks to achieve this.

    Season 2 – he kept us up, but needed Jones parachuted in mid season and the loan of Willock to make the difference.

    Season 3 – he’s yet to win a game.

    How in God’s name does that merit an £8M golden handshake??

  • Ron Knee

    Oct 13, 2021 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #6

    Bruce smoking a cigarette??? Shurely not!

  • ThirdStripeBlack

    Oct 13, 2021 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #7

    With everything that could, would, should and might happen with us for the remainder of the season, anyone dare to predict where we finish on the ladder?

  • Jamesthefirst

    Oct 13, 2021 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #8

    One of the reports earlier in the week claimed Bruce was still here because he has taken more holiday days than he is allowed to, and has agreed to work them off unpaid this week.

  • Jamesthefirst

    Oct 13, 2021 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #9

    The £8 million isn’t all for Bruce. It is the total to pay him and his assistants off. Ashley had them all on long term deals. It is £8 million to sack all 3 of them.

  • JP...from The Rock

    Oct 13, 2021 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #10

    Keith Downie – don’t feel sorry for Bruce please. He’s gonna get an £8m payout once he’s eventually sacked, 8 MILLION POUNDS!! For a “very successful managerial career” he say, are you having a laugh? He has one of if not THE WORST managerial record in the history of the Premier League!

    Get rid and stop the rot now! No sympathy for his 1000th game, he’s been stealing a living all this time and can reach thet milestone of another deluded fool hires him.

    Don’t want him anywhere near St James’ come Sunday. He’ll be silking and ruin the party atmosphere.

  • cleveleysbob

    Oct 13, 2021 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #11

    On #5 above, I forgot to add the £145M he’s been allowed to spend on players during his time here. What a waste that’s been apart from 1/2 season Wilson and Willock.

    Don’t anyone tell me he deserves £8M ever. I suspect PIF are coming to look at some of these contract anomalies MA has “stiffed” them with and they might not be happy bunnies.

  • Jamesthefirst

    Oct 13, 2021 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #12

    What everyone needs to do right now, is relax and support the club and new owners as one.

    This time last week, Ashley still owned the club. Bruce was here for the rest of the season, and the takeover was 50% at best.

    Just one week later and we have entered the most exciting period this club has ever had. We will get stronger and stronger every week with these owners.

    They always have more information that us, so trust their judgement. They have our best interests at heart.

    It would’ve been easy for them to walk away after how they were treated. It would be easier for them to focus on a London club. But they didn’t. They remained committed to making Newcastle the best team in the world.

    So relax and enjoy the ride.

  • cleveleysbob

    Oct 13, 2021 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #13

    Wouldn’t it be great, if they spat their dummies out and ripped up his advertising contract and tore down all the Sports Direct signage before Sunday.

    Even better if they replaced them with Aramco signs. 🙂

  • Raj of Hailsley

    Oct 13, 2021 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #14

    Working on a new avatar when I get back to work. The blog and fantasy football have been reinstated 😀

  • cleveleysbob

    Oct 13, 2021 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #15

    James @ #9. I know mate, it just gets easier to write the total down to him rather than break it up into portions that we aren’t really sure about. I’ve adopted the lazy journalism habit 😉

  • Raj of Hailsley

    Oct 13, 2021 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #16

    Ha ha, it’s not meant to be that one 😀

  • cleveleysbob

    Oct 13, 2021 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #17

    Raj, I’m glad about that, this one is more scary than most of the alien monsters 😀

  • magscar

    Oct 13, 2021 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #18

    0n last thread Catchy mentions Bruce keeping things “ticking along” and stretches that to meaning he was in the loop – which is a possibility except what loop?

    Even Consortium when CAT started didn’t conceive of it happening this quick ( and on that, will anything ever come out about the suddeness of the collapse in which we have lost interest)

    He was presumably referring to keeping going whilst the 2 legal battles proceeded to a close which was months away we all thought even this time last week

    He knew ( been reaasured?) Ashley would not make a kneejerk reaction in meantime

    On the PL collapse over TO we all wsnted them hauled into the courts for their shenanigas ti be made public even a week ago – now that is not a priority and if it happens it happens (shrugging shoulder emoji)

    Reading the continuing desire to have Bruce out really bemuses me in these circumstances

    We have got what we wanted – a forward looking Board that cares and will consult with fans

    Consultation doesn’t amount to a democracy in which how fans vote becomes the driving force in decision making – we wanted a business and we’ve got one

    We are in the furnace of a new club and era being formed as the days and weeks pass

    We have to trust them to make pragmatic decisions which we don’t like and may turn out to be wrong especially in the maelstoem they have found themselves in whilst making them

    If delay is due to the decision on moving Bruce having been referred up than isn’t it what we partly signed up for when we unquestionably welcomed a consortium and not a sole owner in – we just got rid of one of them dictators

    I still hope he is gone for all the reasons many posters have outlined and yes i also thought it would have been the first and obvious decision to be made

    To me if he is there on Sunday It can only spoil what will be a celebration if fans in ground let it and i hope reason prevails not hate justified though it may be

    We ARE Newcastle UNITED

  • lochinvar

    Oct 13, 2021 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #20

    Divn’t fret.
    Bruce’s using up his holiday entitlement.

    Thursdays players day off.
    Media session cancelled.
    Jones in charge for Sunday.
    New Manager in due course.

    Tells you all that you need to know.

    Press statement will be along the lines of
    ” thanks for dedication and professionalism in challenging circumstances, time for change, new era, thanks and goodbye”

  • Zhongguo Geordie

    Oct 13, 2021 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #22

    Whether Bruce knew or not about TO, it doesn’t extenuate in any way how awful he’e been, the poor football, the wasting millions, or reducing the value of every single player bar ASM and Woodman. In fact, it’s completely irrelevant to his performance.

  • Romford mag

    Oct 13, 2021 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #23


    From previous :

    Wor put my name in the anagram machine
    And that was one of them 😉

  • Optimistic prime

    Oct 13, 2021 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #24

    People have sat and said nothing for 14 years of Ashleys reign, yet now they’re up in arms because Bruce might be in the dugout Sunday!

    Jesus wept YCMIU

  • DubaiMicky

    Oct 13, 2021 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #25

    ASM having fun (again), basically calling a Get French Football News out for talking pants


    Gotta love the guy.

  • martoon

    Oct 13, 2021 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #26

    I’m not one to get on the players backs about days off especially in an International break but having one just 3 days before a PL game seems ridiculous to me!

  • onmeedsun

    Oct 13, 2021 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #27

    I like the fact they are taking their time in making key decisions, not driven by self imposed timescales from media and fans. Let’s not lose sight of the bigger picture. Ashley is gone and our future is bright. But we don’t want to do an Everton, which would put us back years.
    Of much greater concern is whether or not I’ll be fit to travel this Sunday. Back buggered due to my Tiger like golf swing. When will I learn. Spent over £200 on rail and match ticket and I can barely walk. Any wonder drugs out there?

  • lesh

    Oct 13, 2021 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #28

    Knowing that Bruceyboy’s in the departure lounge yet was regarded as a nice but poor manager who the fans liked, would there be the clamour to kick him out now, this minute?

    Or would patience be extended because he was a nice guy who didn’t toe the Ashley line?

    Like him or not, I believe Bruce has acted professionally, though at times has been clumsy in his presentation and language.

    There now, and I’m not an attention seeker!

  • lesh

    Oct 13, 2021 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #29


    Slight change of wording to clarify the question:

    Knowing that Bruceyboy’s in the departure lounge AND was regarded as a nice but poor manager who the fans liked, would there be the clamour to kick him out now, this minute?

  • ArtyH

    Oct 13, 2021 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #30

    No doubt everyone was caught on the last week, wow, not even a week ago as I post. So I imagine everyone is trying to steady the ship and look for the best way to get 3 points on Sunday. Now the T.O is done I am happy to let those who run things manage our club they way they want as new owners, lets be honest, last week were were all certain we were relegation fodder, beyond hope and beyond caring fo myself and a lot of others, we were resigned to more of the same $h!*%! Hey, now we have hope, the last thing in Pandoras box, and what a wonderful gift hope is! Even if we get relegated I will still be thankful for the T.O as before I had more or less given up on football and SDFC! Now a new era has dawned and yes we have hope, something devoid for us fans for over a decade ( first 2 years was the honeymoon period which turned into a nightmare ), let us be thankful. The new guys are not going to want relegation and a showing up, they want success to further build their empire/reputation, whatever they do, I am sure it will benefit the club, first priority survival. Thank you Amanda and the Saudis for taking a chance with our club and the fans, faith restored.


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